20Apr

If you have been injured in a burns accident, then you may be eligible for compensation.

Perhaps you work in a kitchen and you burnt your hand on a hot pan or in hot oil, or perhaps you were eating at a restaurant and you burnt your mouth eating something. Most burn injuries are relatively minor and will heal in time leaving no long-term scarring or marks. Unfortunately, however, some burns do result in lifelong scarring.

Whichever grade of burn you have sustained, the fact is if you have been injured through no fault of your own, then you have the legal right to compensation.

Eligibility requirements for burns accident claims

Under the Limitation Act 1980, you only have three years from the date your accident happened to bring forward a personal injury claim. After three years your claim will be time-barred or statute barred preventing you from bringing it forward.

In addition to this, you cannot be 100 per cent liable for the accident in which you were injured. What we mean by this is you must have a level of diminished liability. Furthermore, you need to have somebody to claim against. This could be an employer, a restaurant, a member of the public or even a beverage cup manufacturer. Who your claim will be against will be determined by your burns accident lawyer early on in the claims process.

How much compensation could I be entitled to?

Compensation for burn injuries is calculated based on the extent of the burn injuries, where the burn injuries are and how those burn injuries will affect the victim’s life. The more severe your injuries are and the bigger the impact they will have on your life, then generally speaking the more financial compensation you can expect.

For example, if you have suffered moderate burns to your face and neck which will leave long-term scarring, you can expect a significantly higher pay-out than somebody who has suffered minor burns to their foot which will leave no long-term scarring. The extent of your injuries and a prognosis for the future will be determined through a medical examination which you have to attend as part of the accident claims process.

In addition to compensation for your injuries, you can also claim back financial losses related to your accident, including out of pocket expenses and lost income including overtime.

Get a better estimated pay-out for your accident today

We cannot provide you with an estimated pay-out without first understanding the facts surrounding your case. To get a better estimated pay-out for your burns accident, call our experienced claims advisors today for free and with no obligation on 0800 157 1437.