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Serious burns and scald accidents

Suffering a burn or scald injury can be excruciatingly painful and can result in significant scarring, nerve, muscle or ligament damage.

A burn or scald is damage to your body’s tissues as a result of heat, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. For many years burns were classified into three groups: first, second and third degree burns, depending on their severity. However, a new system is now used to classify burns as follows:

  • Simple erythema: Reversible redness of the skin, typical of mild sunburn
  • Superficial partial thickness: Only the upper layers of the skin are affected. Typically heals within two weeks with minimal or no scarring
  • Deep partial thickness: Injury occurs to superficial and deeper layers of skin. Likely to require surgery to prevent delayed healing and risk of significant scarring
  • Full thickness: Injury to all layers of skin and sometimes underlying tissues. Significant scarring and contractures may occur without surgery

Burns often cause inflammation, blistering, scar tissue and in severe cases can cause shock and death.

Serious burn injuries

The severity of burns is also calculated as a percentage of the total body surface area (%TBSA) affected. The higher the total body area burned, the more significant the injury; especially if the burns are deep partial thickness or full thickness burns.

Experienced Serious Burn/Scald Injury Solicitors

Thompsons’ team of serious injury solicitors has extensive experience in dealing with claims for compensation involving serious burn injuries and scald injuries, and are familiar with the physical and psychological difficulties that can be caused as a result.

We aim not only to secure the maximum amount of compensation for you, in the shortest possible time, but also to help and support you in overcoming any difficulties caused by the burn or scald you have sustained.

The causes of serious burn and scald injuries

Catastrophic burn injuries are relatively rare. However, very serious burn and scald injuries that require long-term treatment, cause serious scarring and result in significant impairment and long-term financial loss do occur, especially in work accidents and road traffic accidents.

Some of the most common types of serious burn injury include the following:

  • Chemical burns
  • Hazardous material burns
  • Burns and scalds causing facial disfigurement
  • Burns and scalds causing bodily disfigurement
  • Scalding injuries caused by taps and boiling liquids

Whatever the circumstances of your accident, if you believe that it was caused by the actions or negligence of another party, speak with the Thompsons’ serious burn injury solicitors in Scotland today for information about how you may be able to claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Burn injuries – the statistics

In 2019 CE Safety carried out a comprehensive analysis of Labour Force Survey data from the years 2015 to 2018 and found that across this period 23,000 workers in the UK suffered from non-fatal burns or scalds and five people suffered fatal burn or scald injury.

According to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), there were 1,745 serious burn injuries across the same period.

If you or someone close to you has suffered the trauma of serious scald or burn injuries, talk to Thompsons specialist solicitors today – we have earned our reputation for securing settlement in complex and high-value personal injury claims.

Serious Burn Compensation Claims

There are a number of items that could be included when making a claim for compensation following a serious burn or scald injury. These include:

To find out more, give us a call today on 0800 0891 331 and talk things through with one of our burn injury lawyers.

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