burn compensation

Sustaining a burn injury could be horrendous. It can not only impair your physical but mental health as well. Moreover, your injuries could hinder your ability to carry out everyday tasks.

A burn injury could take a lot of time to recover. However, applying for a burn injury compensation might not take that long. 

I have compiled this detailed guide for you. It has all the necessary information you need before applying for your personal injury.

What does burn injury refer to?

Burn injury is when you sustain tissue or skin trauma due to heat. This could include chemical and heat burns.

What type of burn can I get a claim for?

You could claim compensation based on four categories. 

I will list them down for you.

  1. First degree burn: 

A burn affecting the epidermis of the skin (first layer).

  1. Second degree burn:

Skin burnt to the second layer (dermis and epidermis)

  1. Third degree burn:

This is when the tissue underneath the skin is damaged. Third degree burn is termed as a severe burn.

  1. Fourth degree burn:

Irreparable damage to the muscle, bone, or ligaments. This is also known as a full thickness burn. Moreover, it could lead to a complete removal of the burnt part.

Burns Compensation Calculator – Complete Process with Calculations Explained

Your compensation calculation could be based on a number of factors.

These include:

  • If the injury was your fault
  • How the injury occurred
  • Where the accident took place
  • Severity of your burn
  • If the injury was a result of medical negligence 
  • In case there are long term psychological effects
  • If you require surgery
  • In case you require compensations for special and general damages

You are required to get a medical checkup by a certified professional, for physical and mental damages.

Moreover, it is important to contact injury solicitors through a regulation authority. Your solicitor will evaluate your case and apply for a claim for you.

The amount of compensation depends on the severity of the personal injury.

On average, you could be awarded a claim between £6,000 to £10,000 for minor burns. 

However, for severe burns your compensation could go up to £64,000 or more.

What are the most common causes for a burn injury?

You could sustain a burn through a number of reasons.

  • Burn through electrical wires
  • Through corrosive chemicals
  • Road accidents
  • Hot surfaces or liquids
  • Medical negligence

What is the amount of compensation for a burn injury?

For a burn covering 40% of the claimant’s body, the compensation could go over £89,440.

What should I do in case of a burn injury?

A burn injury could be fatal.

The first thing you should do is seek medical assistance. Follow the treatment advised by your doctor in order to prevent long term injuries.

Moreover, gather witnesses. This could help you get a claim if you plan to apply for a compensation later. 

Further, gather as much evidence as you can. This could help if you decide to sue the third party later.

Can I get a claim in case of a chemical burn?

A chemical burn is termed as a severe burn. 

You could receive compensation easily if the injury was not your fault. 

What is the time limit for a burn compensation claim?

You are expecting to apply within 3 years of the accident. 

The time starts from the day you sustained the injury.

How will a burn compensation be helpful?

There are a number of benefits you could get through a burn injury claim.

These include:

  • Loss of income: In case your injuries have hindered your ability to work, you could receive a claim
  • Future earnings: In case of a long term treatment
  • Loss of earning: Expense incurred on the treatment
  • Traveling expense: Expense incurred for traveling to the hospital
  • Pain and suffering: Long term injuries
  • Medical expenses: Expense incurred on your treatment
  • Special damages: Compensation including your financial damages
  • General damages: Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Care and assistance: In case you require full time assistance for your injuries
  • Ongoing expenses: In case your injury requires a long time to heal
  • Psychological damage: Compensation for counselling or psychological treatment

How much can I claim for a burn injury?

Burn injury claims could depend on the severity.

For minor, first degree scars, your payout could range between £1,000 to £2,989.

However, for a second degree scar, your payout could range between £2,990 to £19,250.

In case of a third degree burn, your payout could increase up to £19,250 – £79,500.

What type of burn injuries can I apply for?

You could apply for an accommodation for the following:

  • Charred skin
  • Blisters
  • Swelling due to burn injury
  • Peeling of skin
  • Red skin
  • Scars
  • Scalds
  • First, second, and third degree burns
  • Scars on the body
  • Facial scars

You could apply for an accommodation through a personal injury solicitor

Can I make a burn injury claim for scars on my body?

Yes, you could receive compensation in this case.

For a minor scar your claim could range between £2,080 to £6,870.

However, for multiple scars, your claim could range between £6,870 to £19,930.

In case of scars covering 40% of your body, your burn injury claim could go up to £91,910.

What is the payout for scars caused by a burn injury?

For minor facial scarring your payout could range between £3,460 to £12,050.

However, for moderate facial scars, your payout could range between £15,750 to £42,460.

In case of severe scars, your payout could range between £26,120 to £85,340.

How much compensation can I get for scars after a burn injury?

For a visible scar on your leg, back, or arm your compensation could range between £5,700 to £16,550.

However, for a minor scar your claim could range between £1,750 to £5,700.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Am I eligible to make a burn injury claim?

You could make a claim if you have sustained burn injuries.

However, you need to prove that the injuries were not your fault. Otherwise, it may be difficult to claim compensation. 

Can I claim for a burn injury at work?

In case of a burn injury at work, you could make a compensation claim. However, the accident should not be your fault. 

Gather as much evidence you can to prove that the injury was caused at work. You could be required to submit documentation on your work environment and the type of work you do.

How much compensation per stitch in the UK?

Claiming for stitches could get you a compensation up to £6,890. This could include laparotomy scars.

How much burn injury compensation can I get for multiple scars?

For multiple scars, your claim could range between £6,240 to £18,120.

Can I apply for a burn injury claim?

In case of a burn injury that was not your fault, you could apply for a claim.

However, you need to apply within 3 years of the accident. It is important to understand that the accident should not be your fault. Otherwise, it may be difficult for you to get an injury claim.

You need to hire a solicitor through a regulation authority to apply for you.

Further, if you are under the age of 18, your ‘litigation friend’ could apply for you.

How much accommodation can I get for ongoing pain?

For severe burns and ongoing pain, your injury claims could go up to £83,550.

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To conclude

Applying for burn injury claims are not as difficult as you think.

Read the guidelines provided in this article carefully. It has all the necessary information you need about applying for personal injury.

Burn injuries could lead to severe complications. I would advise you try not to stress as it could increase your recovery time.

Your solicitor will evaluate your case and apply for a compensation claim for you.

Feel free to contact us if you think we may have missed out on information you would want to know.

About the author

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson is a financial services expert, with over 10 years’ experience in the industry, including 6 years in FCA regulated companies. Read more
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