A Guide To Burn Injury Compensation Claims

By Megan Cullen. Last Updated 7th March 2024. This guide will discuss the eligibility requirements for burn injury compensation claims to be valid. We will then provide examples of the different scenarios in which you may be injured, such as suffering a burn at work or in a road traffic accident, and whether you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

From this, we will explain how your compensation may be calculated and the different heads of claim you could be awarded. We will end this guide by discussing how a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel could help you with claiming compensation for your burn injuries.

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What Are The Eligibility Criteria For Burn Injury Compensation Claims?

You are owed a duty of care in various daily situations. Some examples include:

  • In the workplace – Your employer needs to make reasonable steps to help ensure your safety while you are working. Their duty of care is outlined within the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • On the roads – Everyone who uses the road has a duty of care to navigate them in a responsible manner that prevents injury or damage. They must also adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code as part of this duty.
  • In public – Those in control of public places must do all that they can to ensure your reasonable safety when you are visiting that space. Their duty of care is outlined within the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

Should you suffer a burn injury, such as a burn at work, to be eligible to make a claim for compensation, you will need to show:

  1. A duty of care was owed to you.
  2. This duty was breached.
  3. You suffered your injury as a result of this breach.

Contact our advisors today to discuss your case and see whether you may be eligible to make a claim for your burn injury.

Burn Injuries In The Workplace

There are various ways that you may suffer a burn at work. Examples could include:

  • Your employer failed to regularly maintain a piece of machinery, causing it to explode. Due to standing near this piece of machinery at the time of the explosion, you suffered a burn injury.
  • While working with chemicals, your employer failed to provide you with sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), such as safety gloves. This causes you to suffer a chemical burn on your hands.
  • Your employer failed to give you appropriate training on how to handle dangerous chemicals within your workplace. Due to this lack of training, you suffer a burn injury to your face.

These are just a few examples. Remember, to be able to make a personal injury claim, you will need to show that your burns were caused by your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you.

To see whether you may be eligible to make an accident at work claim, contact one of our advisors.

Road Traffic And Car Accidents Causing Burns

Many people consider car accidents as causing injuries such as broken bones etc, but the truth is, they are quite a common cause of burn injury. The reasons behind this include the following:

  • Cars are obviously made from metal in part. When these parts become very hot and make contact with the skin, they can cause burns.
  • In addition to this, car fires can cause burn injury. If petrol catches a spark, then this can cause a fire that can be devastating, especially if you cannot get out of the car quickly.
  • Other than this, airbags, when they inflate, contain a small explosive charge – these can also cause a burn injury.

If you were burnt in any way because of an RTA, and another road user was at fault – or perhaps the local authority or Highways Agency if it were an issue with the road that caused the accident – then you should be looking into making a claim for burn injury compensation.

Hot Tea, Hot Coffee And Hot Food Burns In Restaurants And Cafes

You may think that these are not serious, but if they cause burns that leave scarring, they can have a devastating effect not only on the person’s ability to work, but their self-esteem as well. If you have been served food that is at too high a temperature for you to consume and you suffer burns, or someone spills a hot drink on you on an aeroplane for example, then you might be in a position to claim for your burn injury.A waitress accidentally spilling a hot drink on a customer.


Medical And Chemical Burn Injuries

Whether it’s laser surgery, waxing, or hair removal, if it is not done correctly and with the greatest of care, then it is possible for you to suffer a burn. The utmost care must be taken if you are undergoing any kind of treatment and your practitioner, whether a beautician, surgeon or other clinical practitioner, should have known the risks and taken care to avoid them.

Some cases that could lead to medical and chemical burn injury claims could include:

  • Laser hair removal where lack of training or improper care has led to burns to the skin
  • Laser surgery where laser has been left on an area too long, or in the wrong place
  • Waxing, where wax was too hot to put on skin
  • Radiation burns from medical treatment
  • Chemical burns from chemically treated areas

Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive as there are so many instances where this could happen. If you’ve suffered a burn or burns from medical treatment or treatment in a beauty clinic, and they could have been prevented with better care, then you could be in a position to claim burn injury compensation.

Damaged Or Faulty Electricals Causing Burn Injuries

Electrical burns can be incredibly painful and could cause more injuries other than burns. However they come about, whether a landlord has failed to make safe the electrics in your rented accommodation, or your employer has not regularly checked machinery before you’ve used it, if you’re burned in this manner, then you could have cause to claim.

Likewise, if you are sold a faulty product, and suffer burns as a result, you might be able to hold the manufacturer or the seller responsible for this.

How Much Compensation Do You Get For A Burn Injury?

Provided that your claim is a success, you will be awarded general damages. This is the head of claim that compensates you for the burn injury and the suffering it caused you.

Those in charge of valuing this head of your claim may use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to guide them. Within this document are guideline compensation brackets for a range of injuries at varying severities. 

We have used some of these guidelines when creating the following table, aside from the first entry.

InjuryCompensation GuidelinesMore information
Multiple Serious Injuries With Financial LossesUp to £150,000+Compensation is awarded for multiple serious injuries and their financial losses such as medical expenses, lost income and care costs.
Very Severe Facial Scarring£29,780 to £97,330Severe psychological issues and disfigurement often in younger people.
Less Severe Facial Scarring£17,960 to £48,420The scarring causes a significant psychological reaction and a substantial disfigurement.
Significant Facial Scarring£9,110 to £30,090Plastic surgery will have or is expected to reduce the worst effects but there will be some cosmetic disability remaining.
Less Significant Facial Scarring£3,950 to £13,740Multiple smaller scare or one scare that doesn't majorly affect the person's appearance.
Trivial Facial Scarring£1,710 to £3,530There is only a minor effect.
Scarring to Other Parts of the BodyLikely to exceed £104,830Burns that cover more than 40% of the person's body will fall under this bracket.
Scarring to Other Parts of the Body£7,830 to £22,730The hands, back, chest, legs or arms will have singular disfiguring or multiple noticeable laceration scars.
Scarring to Other Parts of the Body£2,370 to £7,830The hands, legs or arms will have several superficial or a single noticeable scar.

Burn Injury Compensation – Special Damages

Special damages is the other head of claim you may be awarded. This provides you with compensation for any financial losses you accrued as a result of your burn injury. This may include:

  • Care costs.
  • Travel expenses.
  • A loss of earnings.
  • Medical expenses, such as cosmetic surgery.

When claiming for these costs, you will need to provide evidence of them. This could include receipts, payslips and bank statements.

If you have suffered a burn at work, on the roads or in another type of accident, you can contact our advisors today to discuss your case.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For Burn Injuries

Sadly, some people refuse to make a claim, and leave themselves financially worse off, because they believe – mistakenly – that they can’t afford the legal fees when claiming for hot tea burn or chemical burn at work compensation. The truth is, they need not pay anything out upfront, and only part of their compensation will be used to fund the legal fees after the claim is settled. This amount is capped, and you will know what percentage is to be used for your lawyer before you decide to go ahead. This means there’s really no risk to your bank balance with No Win No Fee claims – as even if your claim doesn’t wind up paying out, you wouldn’t have to pay a legal bill at all. All the risk in these cases is the lawyer’s so you can be sure they’ll work hard to make sure you – and they – get paid.

Contact Our Advisors Today About Burn Injury Compensation Claims

It’s very easy to get advice from us. You can either use our guides for more information, or call to chat to us on 0161 696 9685. There’s also a contact form you can use to fill in and we’ll get back in touch with you. There’s really nothing to lose by getting advice, and you may find that having your position clarified gives you the confidence you need to go ahead and start a burn injury claim for the compensation that you deserve.

Additional Information On Burn Injury Claims

RIDDOR – Work-related injuries, including burns, can be serious. Find out more from the HSE.

HSE Managing exposure to skin – HSE provide advice on risk management pertaining to the skin.

Fire safety – HSE fire safety in the workplace.

NHS burn injury treatment – Advice from the NHS.

Medical Negligence Claim Calculator – Visit this helpful guide on medical negligence wrongful death claims.

Sexual Abuse Compensation Claims – Read our extensive guide to find out more about claiming for sexual abuse.

Other Useful Compensation Guides

Thank you for reading our guide on claiming burn injury compensation. Whether you are looking to make burn injury claims against your employer for chemical burn at work compensation or you’ve suffered a hot tea burn on an aeroplane, we could assist you in making such claims.