Serious burns claims

Burn injuries can be potentially life changing, leaving nerve damage, psychological scarring and long-term pain. You could make a claim for compensation after suffering a burn in an accident that wasn't your fault.

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Types of serious burns

Although burn injuries most often happen at home, they are also quite common in the workplace through accidents in the workplace, car crashes and even in public places such as restaurants.

Burns fall into four categories:

  1. First degree burns – superficial burns that damage only the top layer of the skin (epidermis)
  2. Second degree burns – damage to the first and second layers of the skin (dermis)
  3. Third degree burns – severe damage to the first layer (epidermis), second layer (dermis), the tissue beneath the skin, often severing nerves
  4. Fourth degree burns are the most serious, affecting all layers of the skin and the underlying muscle and bones

Serious burns require professional medical attention and may result in the need for skin grafts and plastic or cosmetic surgery. However, fourth degree burns can be so serious that skin grafts are just not possible.

If you have suffered serious burns through no fault of your own, you may have a compensation claim. We offer a free consultation, so you can chat through your case and explore your options.

Why should I make a claim?

You'll have been through an upsetting and possibly traumatic experience, and if your serious burn injuries could have been prevented then it is your right to seek compensation. If it is a child who has suffered the burns then an adult can make a claim on their behalf.

Making a compensation claim can make a big difference when it comes to finding funds for medical costs, any ongoing treatments and therapies, as well as time off work and loss of income.

It may just take off some financial pressure and give you breathing space while you take the time to rest and recuperate.

Find out more about making a claim.

How can First4Lawyers help?

We can guide you through the process of a serious burns injury compensation claim, and deal with it on your behalf.

Our specialist team have many years’ experience and will listen to your case with sympathy and understanding. We offer a No Win No Fee service, so you don't have to fund any upfront costs – just get in touch for a no-obligation chat and our friendly advisers will tell you more.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

How much compensation could I receive for a serious burn?

Compensation is calculated on a number of factors, including:

  • The pain and suffering you've endured
  • The percentage of body area affected by the burns
  • The cosmetic impact of the burn injuries and the extent of surgery needed
  • The extent of scarring
  • Physical and psychological disability
  • Time taken off work
  • Loss of earnings and future earnings
  • Any long-term effects on your everyday life

To give you an idea, burns affecting 40% of the body area can see compensation of over £90,000, but your solicitor will talk you through your individual case. Our compensation calculator could also give you an idea of what you might be entitled to.

Is there a time limit for making a serious burns claim?

Most personal injury claims for serious burns need to be made within three years of the accident or injury, but there are some exceptions.  When a child is involved, the limit extends from the date of the accident until the child is aged 18, at which point the three year time limit begins. If a person's mental capacity is diminished and they are unable to make their own decisions, then there is no time limit.

Our experienced team can explain it all to you in a clear, no-jargon manner, based on your individual circumstances.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

To find out whether you have a compensation claim, just get in touch for a free initial consultation. You can give us a call, request a call back at a convenient time or start your claim online.

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