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How Much Compensation Will I Get For a Burn?

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Burns and scalds are relatively common injuries which often result from accidental circumstances. These injuries vary a great deal in terms of severity. Most burn injuries are fairly minor and require little medical intervention. On the other hand, some burns are extremely serious and can result in life-changing injuries and permanent scarring.

When can burns occur?

We might commonly think of burns being caused by contact with heat or flames. However, they can also be caused by contact with chemicals, electricity or even very cold surfaces.

Burn injuries can be sustained in a range of different incidents, including:

  • accidents at work
  • those involving defective or faulty products
  • those caused by medical negligence
  • road traffic accidents
  • those involving hot food or drink

Sadly, many burn injuries are preventable and are sometimes occur because of a third-party’s actions. If you have sustained a burn injury that occurred because of someone else’s negligence or mistakes, you might be able to pursue burn injury compensation.

What is burn injury compensation?

The main purpose of burn injury compensation is to put you back in the financial position you were in before your injury. A personal injury compensation settlement consists of two parts: general damages and special damages.

General damages

The general damages part of your claim will compensate you for the injury itself. They will be based on the severity of your condition and your expected period of recovery. The exact amount of compensation you will get for your burn will depend upon a number of factors:

  • The type of burn injury
  • The severity of burn injury
  • The extent to which your burn injury has affected your day-to-day life
  • Whether your burn injury has left visible scarring

How much compensation will I get for a burn?

The table below will give you an indication of the amount you could expect to receive. It is important to remember that these figures are only a guide. To more accurately assess the value of your potential claim, you should seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer. They will have the expertise required to comprehensively assess your injury and circumstances.

Type of burn Compensation amount More information
Minor burn injury Between £1,000 and £2,989 Characterised by a minor burn or scald that affects only a small area of the body.
Moderate burn injury Between £2,898 and £19,250 A moderate burn will cover a small to medium area but will leave prominent scarring. It can also cause damage to the nerve endings sweat glands and blood vessels.
Severe burn injury Between £19,250 and £79,500 A severe burn is usually least a third-degree burn (a full-thickness burn where all three layers of skin are damaged). It can often cause permanent scarring or disability. A long period in hospital or skin graft surgery may be required.

The psychological impact of burns injuries

Because they sometimes affect the outward appearance of the individual, more profound burn injuries can significantly impact the psychological well-being of the victim and their loved ones. As a result, there is sometimes a psychological injury component to a burn injury compensation claim.

If your burn has affected you psychologically, your solicitor may suggest that you visit an appropriate expert to assess your condition and evaluate this aspect of your claim.

Special damages

On the other hand, the special damages part of your compensation recovers the cost of any expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury. These could include:

  • any loss of earnings
  • medical bills or prescription charges
  • transport costs
  • the cost of any specialist equipment or treatment
  • the cost of replacing or repairing lost or damaged clothes or belongings

Your solicitor will be able to go through your expenses with you to assess this section of your burn injury compensation claim.

Scarring compensation amounts

The extent of any scarring you have as a result of your burn injury will also be taken into account. If your scars cover 40% of your body, the amount of compensation you receive could potentially be as high as £75,000.

Our burns cases

Over the years, our expert solicitors have helped many individuals and their families who have been affected by burn injuries. Here are just a few examples of our recent burns injury claims:

  • A construction worker was electrocuted when he cut through a high-voltage cable at work, after not being provided with service drawings. He suffered extensive burns to his arms and face and was awarded £12,000 in compensation.
  • A 21-year-old female suffered severe burns to the scalp after a bleaching treatment at the hairdressers. The burns significantly affected her scalp’s hair growth and she will need a hair transplant. While her claim has not yet settled, it is expected that she will receive upwards of £25,000 in burns injury compensation.
  • A 50-year-old female who sustained burns on her legs after undergoing a laser hair removal procedure without a satisfactory patch test received £12,000 in compensation.

Start your burn injury claim with Jefferies today

If you’re still asking yourself ‘How much compensation will I get for a burn?’ get in touch with Jefferies Solicitors today. After they have assessed your circumstances, our expert personal injury solicitors will be able to advise you on whether you can make a burn injury compensation claim. They will also be able to answer any questions you might have, including ‘How much compensation can I get for a burn?’

Making a no win, no fee burns claim

We usually work with our clients on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you only pay a small fee at the end of your claim if you are successful. In the unlikely event that you do not win your claim, you are not responsible for our legal fee.

When we take on your claim, our expert advisers will outline the different funding options available. They will also run through the details of our Conditional Fee Agreement (another way of saying no win, no fee).

To learn more or to start your claim, call us on 0800 342 3206. Alternatively, you can make an enquiry online to request a call-back from our friendly team.

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