Accidents in work that involve burning usually involve faulty equipment or a lack of required training and if you work in a restaurant or kitchen it is often one of the hazards of the job. But if your accident occurs because the correct safety precautions haven’t been taken at work or if you suffered your burn injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault then there is a good chance that you are entitled to compensation.
One of the more traumatic types of injury you can suffer when involved in an accident on the road are burns. This is due to the nature of the situation and the fact that cars run on petrol, which of course increases the likeliness of fire when an accident occurs.
Burn injuries can vastly vary depending on the severity and the type of burn, from electrical burns to scalding from hot water or oil, to simple exposure to a heat source for too long that begins to destroy skin tissue and nerve endings.
There are 4 types of burn injury degrees:
- First Degree: First degree burns are also known as “superficial” burns as they only affect the outer most layer of skin, causing redness, dry and peeling skin and can cause lasting soreness/pain for some time. Once the skin cells shed and begin to repair the symptoms of first degree burns begin to subside.
- Second Degree: Second degree burns affect more than the top layer of skin, causing blistering. Sometimes the blisters will open up causing the skin surface to have a leathery texture while it is healing. The pain and swelling can last longer than first degree burns with some of the most extreme examples potentially requiring skin grafting.
- Third Degree: Third degree burns are commonly thought to be the worst burn type. There is an uncommon fourth degree which will be explained next however. Third degree burns go through each layer of skin down to the bloodstream and potentially to the bone. While the damage from third degree burns will not necessarily be the most painful due to the nerve endings being severely damaged quickly, it is the most devastating to the skins appearance causing charring, leathery or waxy finishes. Skin grafting is a common aftermath of third degree burns as natural healing time can reach extremely long periods depending on severity.
- Fourth Degree: A fourth degree burn is deeper than a third in that it affects the bone, muscle and layers of fat far beneath the first layer of skin. Like third degree burns it is generally painless due to nerves being destroyed but the lasting damage can be as bad as being fatal. It is common for fourth degree burn victims to require amputations. Skin grafting can be performed but even that may not be able to return a fourth degree victim to their pre injured state.
The Recovery Process
When recovering from a burn injury there are usually a lot of mountains to climb. Not only are you often affected physically by the scarring that follows a burn but more often than not there is a great deal of mental scarring.
We will strive to get the compensation you deserve which will help you afford the cost of rehabilitation for any physical restrictions you may have developed as a result of your injury and seek the appropriate psychological support you may need. Compensation can also cover any loss of earnings so that you and your loved ones can continue with your lives as naturally as possible.
Your Injury Claim
Scott Rees & Co has been working with catastrophic injury claims involving severe burns for over 20 years. We know the recovery process from a burn can be a very long time, can change a victim’s lifestyle and even prevent them from working. With that in mind we have the infrastructure to help adjust a lifestyle to make a burn victim’s life as comfortable as possible during a very traumatic time. We are able to secure ongoing medical treatment and if necessary, arranging for aftercare if the burn has affected mobility or the ability to perform certain regular tasks.
We are an open, transparent company who prides ourselves on giving you a good service through what is undoubtedly a difficult time. All our Solicitors work on a no win no fee basis allowing your claim to be no risk. For more details on how a burns injury compensation claim can help you contact our catastrophic injury team by filling out the claim now form or calling us for free from mobile or landline.
Burn Injury Case Studies
2011 – Client suffered 1st & 2nd degree burns in staff cafeteria – £4,000
The client was accompanying her work colleague by the staff cafetiere while they were making coffee. Her workmate had poured water from the boiling water dispenser into the cafetiere with coffee and started to plunge down to mix the coffee when the cafetiere exploded, spraying boiling water with it. The water splashed onto the clients face, shoulders and arms which all instantly suffered burns. Her arms and shoulders suffering first degree burns and her face second degree.
After being taken to hospital to confirm the state of the injuries and to be bandaged up she was advised to regularly attend hospital to be redressed as the wounds healed over time. She was given morphine and painkillers initially to stem the pain. Her face, having the worst burns, was red and had some scarring and blistering which took months to fully heal.
During recovery which took a period of months she suffered from headaches and had to limit her out of the house activity due to her lacking self confidence due to her very visual injury. She was away from work for over 2 months as the wounds healed and required driving to the hospital by family when her wounds were redressed as a result of the self confidence problem.
Her employers hadn’t checked the cafetiere regularly and as a result hadn’t noticed any deficiency that lead up to its breakage, causing this accident. After admitting liability Scott Rees was able to secure the client £4,000 in damages for her injuries out of court, providing her with the best burn injury aftercare we could arrange to speed up the healing process of her face.
2008 – Hot gravy spilled on client’s forearm while working – £2,000
Our client was working in a busy kitchen at the time of the incident. He was on lunch and about to help himself to some food when a fellow staff member removed a pan of hot gravy from an oven around a corner. The colleague walked backwards from the oven and round the corner not facing the right way, tilting the pan to lift it over the ledge of the corner. Due to not being able to see the colleague then bumped into the client which resulted in the hot gravy from the pan spilling onto the clients arm. The spillage instantly burned our client’s arm who after running the injury under a cold tap for 30 minutes was taken to hospital.
The resulting damage was 2nd degree burns which took a few months to recover from. The time taken off affected his earnings as he was unable to work at either of his 2 jobs. Upon returning to work after his time off he also found that he had trouble performing any tasks requiring moving/working with hot liquids because of his worry of having the same injury.
We were able to work with the client to secure £20,000 in damages following his injury after his employer admitted liability due to other employees not performing their tasks in a safe manner.
2011 – Client sustained burn in fire while at work – £14,500
Our client was working with a large concrete oven as part of their daily tasks. The ovens have liquid concrete poured into them onto platforms within the ovens to set. The oven, which is powered by a highly flammable oil called keratin. This oil needs refuelling to keep the ovens powered which sometimes results in oil spillage to the floor if refuelling isn’t properly conducted.
During his normal job activities of cutting some of the bars as they leave the large ovens with a powered saw, sparks came from the metal and onto the floor where there happened to be a spillage. These sparks lit the oil and started a fire. Immediately the client only noticed the smoke and went to investigate when the oil exploded and started a large fire in that area. The explosion resulted in some of the flames latching onto the client’s clothes. He tried to put the fire out himself by rolling while a colleague rushed to get a fire extinguisher which was used to put out the fire and his clothes.
After being taken to hospital it was discovered he suffered bad burns to his leg and arm. The burns required redressing every 2 days for a period of weeks, while the overall blisters only healed over a period of months. The burn has left lasting scars on the client and has affected his performance of his job due to the worry of the incident reoccurring.
We were able to represent the client successfully; the employer agreed the incident could easily have been avoided with proper procedures and safety measures. Due to the long lasting injuries and mental scarring from this incident the employers agreed to settle the case before court proceedings began. We were able to award the client £145,000 in damages for his ordeal.