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Burn Injury Compensation Claims Solicitors

 

When you think of a burn injury, your first thought may be that it was caused by extreme heat or fire. However, burn injuries can also be caused by chemicals, friction, electricity, radiation, and even extreme cold temperatures. Here at Lanyon Bowdler, we understand how devastating a burn injury can be for you and your family. Not only does an injury of this nature cause physical pain and scarring, it can also have a psychological impact too, leaving you feeling anxious and depressed in its wake.

No amount of money can make up for the injuries you or your loved one have sustained, but if the accident occurred due to someone else’s negligence, we can help you to claim compensation which can help you on your journey to recovery. Our friendly team of specialist burn injury solicitors are waiting to offer you free and impartial advice, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

What Are The Main Causes Of Burn Injuries?

Burn injuries can occur in a variety of different situations, often happening quickly but leaving lasting damage that can affect your physical and mental wellbeing permanently. Some of the main causes of serious burn injuries typically include:

  • Accidents in the home - for example scalding from hot water in kettles, pans, or from the tap, burns from domestic appliances like ovens and irons, electrical burns from faulty devices, chemical burns from cleaning products, and burns caused by an open flame or a house fire.
  • Road traffic accidents - the most common cause of burns in a road traffic accident is a vehicle fire, but burns can also occur due to friction, hot liquids, or the faulty inflation of an airbag leading it to explode.
  • Accidents at work - work accident injuries are often due to faulty equipment, absent or inappropriate personal protective equipment, insufficient training, and burns caused by chemicals.
  • Accidents in public places - this can include burns caused by fireworks or an improperly managed bonfire at a public display, spillages of hot food and beverages in a restaurant or cafe, electrical fires, and burns caused in a bomb blast or terrorist attack.
  • Accidents at school/nursery - a burn could be caused due to a child touching a hot pipe, hot drinks being left where children can grab them, or faulty electrical equipment catching fire.
  • Accidents in a care setting - burns and scalds can occur in a care home due to hot water such as hot drinks or a bath/shower being too hot, as elderly people are more susceptible to burns, and conditions like dementia can reduce their sense of danger.

This list is not exhaustive by any means, and there are any number of different ways in which an individual could sustain a serious burn injury. If you have been involved in an accident which occurred due to somebody else’s negligence, and have sustained a serious burn injury as a result, you could have a valid claim for compensation. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, our specialist burn injury lawyers can help you by bringing a claim on your behalf, ensuring you have access to the funds and support necessary to recover from your injuries.

How Are Burns Classified?

Being involved in an accident and sustaining a catastrophic burn injury can affect you both physically and mentally. However, depending on the severity of the burn, the physical impact may not be quite as long-lasting as the psychological impact. In fact, many people who suffer minor burns go on to make a full recovery, leaving little or no scarring.

Burns are typically classified into four categories, depending on how many layers of skin the burn penetrates and how severe the damage is, as follows:

  • First degree burns - These are often referred to as superficial burns as they only affect the epidermis, which is the top layer of the skin. They are often caused by scalding from steam or hot water, and in many cases they won’t require medical treatment. If a large area of skin has been burned, or if the burn becomes infected, it may be necessary to see a doctor.
  • Second degree burns - This type of burn penetrates both the epidermis and dermis, the first and second layers of the skin. A second degree burn is considered more serious than a first degree burn as the damage goes deeper and can cause damage to the nerve endings, blood vessels, and sweat glands. The skin becomes red and blistered, and a skin graft may be necessary.
  • Third degree burns - A third degree burn is so named because it affects all three layers of the skin, causing damage to the nerves, and often leading to permanent scarring, disfigurement, or disability. Recovery takes a long time, often involving a lengthy stay in hospital, and surgery to try and limit the amount of scarring.
  • Fourth degree burns - This is the most severe kind of burn injury, and will usually affect the muscles, bones, and tendons, leading to life-changing injuries, or even fatalities. Treatment typically involves extensive skin grafts, and in some cases it may be necessary to amputate damaged limbs.

In addition to the external damage caused by burns, an accident involving fire and smoke can also cause internal damage due to smoke inhalation. This can sometimes cause long-term lung damage, making the individual more susceptible to respiratory illnesses for the rest of their life. Burn injuries also have a huge emotional and psychological impact on the individual and their family, often leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health problems. Here at Lanyon Bowdler our holistic approach to compensation and recovery means that we will help and support you in any way we can as you rebuild your life after your accident.

What Should I Do If I Sustain A Burn Injury?

If you are involved in an accident and sustain a burn injury, we recommend you seek immediate medical attention. A superficial burn may be treatable at home, but it is always worth getting checked out by a doctor in order to prevent the damage from worsening. If your skin is red, blistered, or charred, go straight to your nearest hospital A&E department for urgent assessment. The quicker you seek medical attention, the sooner your burns can be treated, giving you the best chance at recovery.

As well as seeking medical attention, it may be advisable to take photos of your injuries if it is safe and convenient to do so. These photos can later be used as evidence to support your compensation claim; but please don’t put yourself at any risk for the sake of obtaining photographs of your injuries as the medical report will also detail the extent of your burns.

Am I Eligible To Make A Burn Injury Claim?

When you first make contact with us regarding your potential claim, we will ask you a few questions in order to determine whether or not we are in with a reasonable chance of winning a compensation case on your behalf.

In order to establish the validity of your claim, we will need to ascertain the following information:

  • Did the defendant (the person or organisation responsible for the accident) owe you a duty of care?
  • Did you sustain your burn injuries as a direct result of the defendant’s negligence?

If the answer to these two questions is “yes”, it is likely that we will be able to help you to achieve the compensation you are entitled to. If the injured person is a minor, or lacks the mental capacity to make the claim, a litigation friend may be appointed to manage the claim on their behalf and in their best interests. In the event of a fatal burn injury, the executor or administrator of the estate may bring the claim. If you have any questions our specialist team will be only too happy to help.

How Can I Claim Compensation For A Burn Injury?

The first step in making a claim for compensation after a serious burn injury is to get in touch with a solicitor. Here at Lanyon Bowdler we are serious injury specialists so we are highly experienced in handling compensation claims of a sensitive and serious nature, ensuring you receive the help and assistance you need as you recover from your burn injury. One of our specialist personal injury solicitors will carry out an initial consultation, during which we will discuss the details of your accident, the nature of your burn injury, how the ordeal has affected your physical and mental wellbeing, and the overall impact it has had on your life.

If we feel that your claim is valid and likely to be successful, the next step is for us to gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim. The kind of evidence we will require could include:

  • Medical records detailing your burn injuries and any scarring that has resulted from the injury.
  • If the accident was fatal, we will require a copy of the medical record which states the cause of death.
  • Witness statements, photographs, video recordings, or CCTV footage of the incident.
  • The accident log book if the burn injury occurred at work, in a public place, or on the premises of a business.
  • Investigation reports and personal testimonies from the emergency services personnel that attended the scene.
  • Financial records which prove the loss of earnings and any costs incurred due to the incident.
  • Proof of purchase and documentation in relation to a faulty device if that is what was responsible for the burn injury.

Once we have acquired all of the necessary supporting evidence, we can move forward with your claim, ensuring that we work together to have the best possible chance of success.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive For My Burn Injury?

It is difficult to estimate how much compensation you might receive without knowing all the details of your case. Each claim is assessed individually, but will generally take into account the following factors:

  • The severity of your burn injury, for example an individual with a third-degree burn may receive a higher compensation award than someone who sustained a second degree burn in similar circumstances.
  • Where and how the injury took place, this helps to establish the degree of liability held by the defendant.
  • Whether the incident occurred intentionally, accidentally, or due to negligence.
  • The psychological impact that the accident and subsequent burn injury has had on the individual.
  • The extent of surgery already performed and also any future surgery that may be required during the healing process.
  • The loss of earnings already incurred, plus predicted future loss of earnings due to time taken off work, and the effects of the incident on the individual’s career, such as missing out on bonuses or promotions.
  • Any additional expenses incurred for private medical treatment, complementary therapies, prescriptions, and transportation costs to attend medical appointments.
  • Any costs incurred due to adapting your home or vehicle in any way as a direct result of your burn injuries.
  • Any care costs incurred such as paying for additional assistance at home during your recovery, or the loss of earnings a family member or friend has incurred due to taking time off work to care for you.

As part of the claims process, you will need to be assessed by an independent medical professional who will then provide a report of your physical and mental state after the incident. At Lanyon Bowdler we take a holistic approach to your compensation claim; not only are we here to help you claim financial reparations for your accident, we’ll also offer any additional support that you may require on the route back to health.

Is There A Time Limit For Making A Burn Injury Claim?

As is the case with the majority of personal injury compensation claims, you typically have three years in which to claim, from the date that the burn injury happened. The legal process involved with making a claim can take some time, so we would advise you to begin the  claim as soon as you are able to in order that your compensation is not delayed any longer than necessary.

There are a few exceptions to the three year time limit:

  • If the claimant does not have the mental capacity to make the claim themselves, due to a serious brain trauma suffered as a result of the accident. In this instance there is no time limit for making a claim.
  • If the injured party is under the age of 18, the claim can be made on their behalf by a parent, guardian, or other adult with legal responsibility, any time until their 18th birthday. If no claim is made within this time, the child can claim from the date of their 18th birthday, up until they turn 21.

Although the claims process can take some time, as long as you file the claim within the three year period, it will be allowed to proceed as normal. If you have any questions or are unsure whether you are eligible to make a claim, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

How Much Does It Cost To Make A Burn Injury Claim?

Burn injury claims are typically handled by us on a conditional fee arrangement, also known as no win no fee. This means that there are no up-front costs for you to pay. When we begin your claim we will take out legal protection insurance, and in the event your claim is unsuccessful, the insurance will pay-out to cover the other side’s costs and you won’t be required to pay the insurance premium, or any other fees. If your claim is successful, the insurance premium, along with other legal fees, will be taken from the final compensation amount before it is awarded to you.

If your case doesn’t meet the criteria for a conditional fee agreement, we can still assist you in your claim, and we will discuss all available funding options with you. For example, if you have legal expenses cover as part of your home insurance policy, you may be able to use that to fund your claim. Please don’t hesitate to speak to us and we will do what we can to help you make your compensation claim without undue financial strain.
 

What Are Interim Compensation Payments?

In some cases, we may be able to obtain interim compensation payments whilst the claim is ongoing. These payments can help you to cover the cost of ongoing treatment while you recover from your serious burn injury. The funds are awarded prior to your final compensation settlement and will thus be deducted from the final amount. If we think that you might benefit from interim compensation payments, then we will discuss this with you during your initial consultation with one of our specialist solicitors.

What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority?

If your burn injury occurred as a result of violent crime or abuse, you may be able to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a government body which was established with the purpose of compensating victims of crime who may not be able to claim against the perpetrator responsible for causing their injuries. 

The CICA claims process features three stages - the claim is first of all submitted, police and medical evidence is requested, and a compensation amount is then decided. If you disagree with the initial decision made by the CICA, the second stage is a review of the application where a different member of the CICA will assess your claim. Finally, if you are still unhappy with the outcome, the third stage would be to appeal it at a tribunal, and the decision made at the tribunal is final.

What If The Defendant Doesn't Accept Responsibility?

It is always our aim to negotiate the settlement out of court as this is generally the least stressful option for all parties, particularly whilst you are still recovering from your injuries. However, if the defendant disagrees with the proposed compensation settlement, or denies their responsibility, the case will be taken to court. The process can take a while before it reaches court, so it is often the case that a claim may still be settled before the trial date, but if it does make it to court, we will be there to guide you every step of the way. 

Why Choose Lanyon Bowdler To Handle My Claim?

Pursuing a compensation claim for a catastrophic burn injury can be a complex process, so your best chance at success is to ensure you have the right people on your team. At Lanyon Bowdler we have a wealth of experience and expertise when it comes to catastrophic injuries, and we are signatories of the serious injuries guide and adopt the rehabilitative code, so you can be assured that we will do our utmost to achieve the compensation you deserve and help you on the road to recovery.

Our dedicated and supportive team will take the time to listen to your case, offering empathy, understanding, and the reassurance that you are in the best hands. Our transparent pricing options mean you’ll always know where you stand when it comes to funding your claim, and we’re always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

In addition to this, we are proud to be accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and we are always striving to provide the highest level of customer service, tailoring our approach to the individual needs of every client. For more information about how we work and what we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact Us

Lanyon Bowdler has offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, Telford, and Conwy in North Wales.

We are one of the most recognised firms of solicitors in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands, synonymous with excellence. We are able to offer a wide range of pricing options including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

As a leading national law firm, we regularly act for clients on burn injury compensation claims across the country. We can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

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