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Burns, Scars and Lacerations
If you work in an environment that contains high heat, chemicals, electrical equipment or heavy machinery, you may be at greater risk of obtaining burns and lacerations, leading to permanent scarring.
Your employer has a duty of care to look after your well being, through minimising risk, whilst you are in the workplace. If your employee fails in any way to follow the appropriate health and safety protocols, and you suffer an injury as a consequence, you could be entitled to compensation.
TRUE Solicitors are experienced in obtaining compensation, rehabilitation and support for clients who have suffered burns, lacerations and scarring due to a workplace accident. We will handle your case with compassion and care, providing you, and your family, with the support you need throughout the whole process. We handle all accident at work claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Contact us today for a free, initial assessment of your claim. Submit your details above or call us on 0344 854 7000.
What are common causes of burns, lacerations and scarring at work?
Burn Injuries: People who work in professional kitchens, in industrial plants and in heavy industry such as steelworks are prone to burn injuries. Common causes of burn injuries include:
• Exposure to corrosive chemicals
• Handling hot liquids or exposure to hot surfaces without proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
• Contact with exposed electrical wires.
Laceration Injuries: A laceration is a wound that is caused by the tearing of soft body tissue. Lacerations tend to cause irregular and serrated cuts and scarring. People who work with machinery in warehouses and factories are at risk of laceration injuries. Common causes of laceration injuries include:
• When the body comes into contact with a blade or moving machinery part.
• Slips, trips and falls.
Scarring: Scarring is the result of a burn or laceration injury. Permanent scarring can lead to not only physical damage but also psychological harm and distress.
What should I do if I have suffered a burn or laceration at work?
If you have suffered a burn or laceration at work it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The accident must be reported to your employer, with the details accurately recorded in the accident book. If there is no accident book, write down what happened and give it to your employer. Keep a copy for yourself too.
It is important to also take the names and contact details of any witnesses.
If possible, take photos of the scene of the accident. This can be very helpful if you wish to pursue a claim and your employer doesn’t admit liability.
How do I know if I’m eligible to make a claim?
You may be eligible to make a claim if it can be proven that your burn or laceration injury was caused as a direct consequence of your employer failing to provide you with:
• a safe workplace
• adequate training
• safe ways of working
• safe equipment
• proper safety clothing (PPE)
If your employer has failed to meet these responsibilities and that led to you suffering an injury at work, you will be entitled to compensation for those injuries and any financial losses, such as lost earnings.
What can I claim compensation for?
If you’ve suffered a burn or laceration injury due to an accident at work you may be able to claim for the following:
- Loss of earnings.
- Pain and suffering.
- Medical expenses such as, prescription charges and painkillers.
- Compensation for care and support.
- Reduced life expectancy.
- Recovery time.
- Expected lifestyle changes.
How much will my claim be worth?
The amount of compensation that you may receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. The amount will depend on factors such as:
• The severity of your burns, laceration or scarring. Burn victims who have suffered third degree burns are more likely to be awarded with a higher amount of compensation than those with second or first degree burns.
• How your life has been affected by the injury.
• Your future care and support needs.
• Financial losses, including how much money you have lost or will lose as a result of the injury (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
To get an idea of the amount that you may receive to compensate for physical injuries use our free injury calculator below:
How much will it cost to make a claim?
TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation amount that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation.
If you or someone you know has suffered a burn, laceration or scarring injury, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice about burn injury and scarring claims. Alternatively you can submit a free, no obligation enquiry via the form on our website or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you without delay to discuss your claim.