The vast majority of burns and scalds to work happen in the catering industry and in the manufacturing industry, such as at steel works and in kitchens. However burns and scalds are also common where chemicals and electrical equipment is present.
If you have suffered a burn or scald at work, and your accident has affected your personal and/or professional life, then you may be thinking about making a claim.
The good news is that the law is on your side under the circumstances – you have the legal right to financial compensation, if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault. But to get the compensation to which you are legally entitled to, you have to make a claim. To this end, workplace accident lawyers become invaluable.
Your employer’s responsibilities
It is the duty of your employer to protect your health, safety and wellbeing at work. This includes all work performed both on site and off site. If you work within an environment where extreme heat, electrical equipment or chemicals are present, your employer must provide you with suitable personal protective equipment. They must also have robust policy in place to protect employees from dangers and conform to the latest legislation.
Where it is found that your employer failed in their legal duty to protect you, you will have a very strong accident claim. However even where this is not the case, you may still have a strong claim, if it can be shown that you were in no way responsible for your accident.
To make a claim and for the other side to be under any obligation to pay you compensation, you must have some level of diminished liability.
Time limits for making a claim
This is a very important fact so please read the following carefully: You only have three years from the date your accident happened or from the date your injuries became clear to make a claim in the United Kingdom. This is because under the Limitation Act 1980 personal injury claims become statute barred or time-barred after three years. So if your accident happened some time ago, it absolutely essential that you seek legal advice from workplace accident lawyers who specialise in burns and scalds and have significant case experience.
Discuss your case with workplace accident lawyers today
Our workplace accident lawyers could win you the compensation that you deserve and get you justice for your accident. Our in-house lawyers specialise in workplace accidents with significant burns and scalds case experience. To find out more or for expert legal advice for your claim, call us for free and with no obligation today on 0800 157 1437.