Nobody wants to suffer a burned foot injury in any circumstances. But the horrendous ordeal only maximises if it happens due to the negligence of another person or organisation. If this has happened to you, then you may be wondering if you could pursue a compensation claim. To hold a valid claim you would need to be able to prove that a responsible third party was at fault for your injury. The guide is covering key facts you may need to know when it comes to making a compensation claim. And that includes us providing a sample case study where one typical victim of the same injury receives £30,000 compensation.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation Payouts For A Burned Foot Injury
- What Is A Burned Foot Injury?
- How Can You Suffer A Burned Foot Injury At Work?
- Burned Foot Injury In A Public Place
- How Can You Suffer A Burned Foot Injury In A Road Traffic Accident?
- Crucial Advice For Personal Injury Compensation Calculations
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £30,000 For A Burned Foot Injury
- Free Legal Advice For Your Claim Value
- Why You Should Consider No Win No Fee Solicitors
- We Can Give You Expert Free Legal Advice
- More Resources And Guides On Burned Foot Injuries
- Burned Foot Injury FAQs
In order for this guide to provide an in-depth focus on the claims process, we handle such subject as:
- What a burned foot injury is;
- How to prove a third party’s negligence as the cause of the injury;
- The core areas covering a duty of care breach which indicates negligence;
- How to calculate your potential compensation;
- The benefits of a No Win No Fee solicitors;
- Typical questions which claimants often ask in this situation.
Personal Injury Claims Time Limit
Now, you have up to 3 years in which to make a claim. Though the date of knowledge is sometimes later for an injury, thus extending your window. There are exceptions especially for children and those who lack mental capabilities to claim for themselves. A failure to make a claim within that timeframe could prevent you from receiving compensation, even when the third party is clearly liable for your suffering. Give us a call on the number above to discuss this in greater depth today.
A burned foot injury is any injury which causes burning to the skin tissue surrounding the foot. There are several levels of burns which essentially determine the severity of the burned foot injury. One of these is first-degree, where the outer layer of the skin suffers damage, but nothing more. Then we have second-degree burns, which harm both the outer layer and the layer directly underneath the skin. And we also have third-degree burns, which impact the deepest layers beneath the skin along with the outer layers. Fourth-degree burns are more severe still and cause life-changing damage, if not being life-threatening as a whole.
Still, in the majority of cases, it’s the lowest three levels of burns which tend to happen. The usual symptoms for first, second and third-degree burns include redness, dry skin, swelling, bruising and pain. Sometimes, the skin may also turn white and charred. Considering the foot’s importance for a person’s mobility, a burn injury could mean weeks if not months of inactivity. But as noted, burns could range in severity, and the stronger the damage, the longer it may take to heal. Learn more about a burned foot injury by dialling up our telephone number and speaking to one of our advisors.
Having discussed a burned foot injury, let’s now consider how such an injury could happen. But for you to eventually claim compensation, it must occur as a result of somebody else’s negligence. To prove this, therefore, means meeting numerous points of criteria. The first being that you were owed a duty of care of some kind by a third party. Next, that duty of care suffered a breach, which resulted in an accident. And the final aspect is that you were hurt via that accident, an example being a burned foot injury. If you can meet all three elements, then there may be a viable basis on which to claim compensation.
Now, there are three primary areas where an accident could occur due to a third party’s negligence. One of these focuses on employer’s liability (EL) and the duty of care within the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. That duty of care should prevent an avoidable accident at work from occurring, or at least to greatly minimise such situations. But what if a workplace accident happens because this duty of care suffers a breach? For instance, perhaps by accident, a corrosive substance spills onto your foot due to a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). If you can determine that your employer holds responsibility for such an incident, then they may be liable for your suffering. This is one of numerous examples within the workplace, which we can discuss further if you call us.
Next, we have public liability (PL), which makes those in control of public spaces liable for injuries caused to members of the public on their property due to their negligence. This duty of care comes via the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Of course, an accident in a public place isn’t always the fault of those manning the area. It is only when that accident causing the injury could have been totally avoided.
One potential situation here could be a customer at a coffee shop burned through the negligent actions of the staff. If a cup of hot coffee was to be accidentally spilt on a customers foot this could cause a scald injury. And that may pave the way for a compensation claim. Message our helpful team to chat about such scenarios further.
And then we have a road traffic accident, or (to provide its official title) an RTA. Here, the duty of care sits as part of the duty of care via the Highway Code. And it should apply to every driver, pedestrian and cyclist. But that doesn’t mean accidents can’t happen. For example, if a road accident was to result in a vehicle going on fire victims of the accident could suffer potential burns. For those parties who where not at fault, they may be able to claim compensation for their injuries if there was a fault party. And if multiple injuries come about, then it could be that a multiple injury claim may be made. Please talk to a member of our knowledgeable team if you have any questions at this point.
The next stage is to identify how you could determine the compensation that you claim for. Online personal injury claims calculator may only ever give a rough estimate of what you may be able to claim for your injury alone. Having your case assessed by a personal injury solicitor will give you a much more realistic picture of the payout you could receive.
As part of your personal injury claim, you will be contacted to have a medical examination. The purpose is to fully determine the extent of your burned foot injury. That helps when it comes to treatment options and outlining a potential recovery window. But it also goes a long way towards helping your case, because it proves the connection between the incident and your injury. Ultimately, the medical evaluation may confirm that, but for the accident, your foot is fine. And it’s only due to the accident that the skin has been burned, possibly to a significant degree. The outcome of this medical check could greatly shape the compensation that you could claim for.
After the collation of all of this information, it’s then about breaking down what you’re covering with your compensation claim. General damages form a big part of the case, as they highlight physical and mental consequences. So, we’re talking about the actual pain and the damage to the skin as a whole. But we also refer to mental anguish as a result of you suffering this injury. Learn more about general damages by using the Live Chat that you can see in the bottom right-hand corner.
The other key part of the claim concerns special damages. These refer to other consequences that arise, largely financial, due to your burned foot injury. Examples include any loss of income from time off work, along with medication and related further treatment. Then, we also have public transport requirements if you’re unable to use your car during recuperation.
And we could also refer to aftercare if you hire a nurse or carer to help you at home. Note that if you do wish to claim back expenses, having invoices and receipts as supportive evidence greatly helps. Find out everything you need to know about special damages by talking to one of our handy advisors.
Mr Bradshaw, 35, worked as a construction worker. His main job was putting together the structure of a building. He had been doing this job for the last 5 years and thoroughly enjoyed it.
One particular afternoon, while Mr Bradshaw was working on a particularly difficult part of the structure he needed the help of the site welder. To his surprise he had only recently been hired by the firm and Mr Bradshaw had not met him previously. Mr Bradshaw proceeded to tell the welder what he needed doing and how he would like it finishing. As he was about to leave the area to allow the welder to get on with the job, the welder switched on his torch flame not realising that Mr Bradshaw was still standing next to him.
The pain was felt straight away. All that Mr Bradshaw could feel was the burning of his flesh.
An ambulance was called, and Mr Bradshaw went to the A&E department at his local hospital. There, he was told that he had suffered severe burns to his foot and would need surgery straight away. The burn was a full-thickness burn which meant it had damaged 3 layers of the skin. The scar would eventually cover much of the foot.
After talking to a personal injury lawyer, Mr Bradshaw filed a compensation claim. When the case was investigated the company had not checked whether the welder had the right qualification for the job. Which he didn’t. This was a breach of duty. He was awarded an out-of-court settlement of £30,000 with £19,330 of general damages and £10,670 of special damages.
|Type Of Special Damages||Includes:||How Much?|
|Lost Earnings||Lost earnings||£5,670|
|Medical Costs||Costs of medical treatment during his recovery||£200|
|Transport Costs||Costs of using public transport for journeys||£500|
|Carer||Home help carer||£1000|
|Cleaner, Gardener, Cook, Child minder, Dog walker.||£2000|
|Missed Holiday||Lost deposit||£1300|
Note: This case study is not based on an actual claim but from our experiences when dealing with claimants’ potential cases. It is to show how injuries of this nature can be caused and how they could lead to compensation.
Now, we appreciate that you may not be able to make a decision right away about filing a claim. You should still be aware of what the claims process involves. And that goes beyond even the information in the guide that you’re presently reading. For that reason, then, we offer a free consultation to anyone prior to an injury victim taking legal action. This means you can specifically discover what you can expect once you decide to move forward with a case. And this removes any unwanted surprises, as well as fully preparing you for what is to come. Drop us a message for further details.
So, what is the purpose of a No Win No Fee agreement? Well, it aims to ensure value for money for a claimant whilst avoiding any unnecessary spendings. That means that you only pay a personal injury solicitor’s legal fees if you’re in receipt of compensation for your case. The more crucial aspect concerns the scenario where, for what reason, you don’t receive any compensation. In that eventuality, you don’t have to pay any money at all for your personal injury solicitor.
Regardless of the outcome, though, you also don’t need to make any payments to your No Win No Fee solicitor initially or during a case. Only at the very end, post-compensation does the possibility of you paying a success fee come into play. And even this figure has a legal cap to protect the majority of the compensation that you could potentially receive. Find out more about No Win No Fee policies by speaking to our expert team at any time.
With all that being said, now we want to know what happened to you when you suffered a burned foot injury. That’s because we could then begin to look at your next steps. And that also means you then taking the first step towards getting compensation. After all, this guide is handy for you to have information about the topic to be aware of. But only by actually making a move towards discussing a potential case could you be in a position to receive compensation.
Now, there are three primary options to communicate with our team of advisors. One of these is to give us a call by ringing us up on 0161 696 9685. Another is to provide a more in-depth explanation of your situation by filling out the online form. And the final option is to ensure a fast response from one of our advisors via our Live Chat tool. Note that we can answer queries 24/7, and you don’t have to pursue a case just because you contact us.
We hope that you have gleaned plenty of information from our guide about claiming compensation for a burned foot injury. Nevertheless, we understand that you may still wish to know more before committing towards taking action. That’s why we have these six links below as additional resources for you to check out.
Our first link handles a breakdown of No Win No Fee agreements.
Next, we take a closer look at burn injuries.
And we also delve into burns and scalds that are the result of hot liquids.
Over on the NHS website, they have a page covering burns and scalds.
They also detail potential health complications due to burns and scalds.
And they discuss the various treatment options for burns and scalds.
What are the signs of a second-degree burned foot injury?
Targeting the dermis and epidermis, such burns are noticeable via pain, swelling, bruising, redness and blistering.
How do you know if a burn is serious?
Chemical burns, large deep burns, burns that cause white or charred skin and burns that cause blisters all may need medical attention straight away.
Do burns cause blisters immediately?
This varies. Sometimes blisters could appear quickly, and on other occasions, they may take a while to develop.
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