Burns at Work Claim
How Burns at Work Occur
Every year in the UK, burns at work affect thousands of people. These are not just burns from sources of heat, but work burn injuries caused by exposure to electricity, steam, chemicals, friction, cold and even sunlight. Burns at work can happen in any environment, but the construction industry is considered to be the most dangerous, with the most extreme burns at work injuries leading to permanent scarring, amputation and even death.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimated that almost 20 per cent of injuries at work in the UK are attributable to burns. Not only does this type of accident usually result in permanent external scarring, but burns at work injuries can cause irreparable damage to internal organs and be responsible for psychological problems later in life. Therefore, it is essential that you seek experienced legal counsel before making a burns at work claim to ensure that you are adequately compensated.
Responsibility for Preventing Burns at Work Injuries
The risk of burns at work in the UK is so great that there are a large number of general and industry specific acts to protect employees. The type of protective equipment that should be supplied by an employer, how it should be used (particularly at height) and how staff should be trained are all covered in these work regulations, and employers have an obligation to assess, supervise and monitor any activity in their company which presents the risk of burns at work.
As burn injuries are so prevalent, employers also have a responsibility to provide medical facilities for staff in industries which are more prone to burns at work. The construction industry has already been mentioned, and people employed in catering and manufacturing may suffer as many burns and scalds in the course of their business — only not usually as life threatening. If your employer fails in his duty of care to provide you with a safe environment to work in, or fails to provide medical facilities and your burns at work injuries are exacerbated as a result, you are entitled to make a burns at work claim.
The Process after a Burns at Work Injury
The reason medical facilities (or at the very least, somebody with First Aid experience) are required on sites with a risk of burns at work injury is that burns should be treated as soon as they happen, and the victim should not wait until they get to hospital. After sustaining a burn injury, the affected area should be cooled with large quantities of cool water, cleared of any clothing or jewellery and covered with a sterile dressing.
Only then should somebody who has suffered a burns at work injury be taken to hospital — preferably with a colleague in case the victim suffers from delayed shock. A report of the incident should be recorded in the employer’s “Accident Report Book” and, where the UK work burn injury has been caused by the negligence of an employer, witness statements gathered to support a burns at work claim.
Making a UK Work Burn Injury Compensation Claim
Once your injuries have received appropriate medical attention, you should speak with a solicitor about making a burns at work claim. A solicitor will be able to advise you if you have a claim which is worth your while to pursue and, if so, explain the procedures involved. He will also be able to advise you about special damages you may be entitled to receive in respect of out of pocket expenses and any loss of income, and provide you with information relating to compensation for your psychological trauma as well as the physical one you have experienced.
Compensation for a burns at work claim is paid by your employer’s public liability insurance company and, where the employer is quick to admit his negligence, the insurance company may approach you with an offer of compensation in return for early settlement of your burns at work claim. Even when you have developed a good working relationship with your employer, and want the issue of compensation to be resolve quickly, it is still better to speak with a solicitor first in order to ensure that the offer represents a fair and adequate settlement for your burns at work claim.
Free Burns at Work Claim Advice
Because making a burns at work claim can be potentially complicated, and due to there being so many levels of burns at work injuries, we have established a free work injury claim advice service, which you are invited to call if you have suffered a burns at work injury which you believe is attributable to the negligence of your employer. Our lines are open seven days a week between 8.00am and 10.00pm, and we also operate a call back service which you are welcome to take advantage of if now is not a convenient time to speak with us.
Our free work injury claims advice service is entirely confidential and enables you to discuss your burns at work claim with an experienced work injury solicitor. You will be able to establish that you have a claim which is worth your while to pursue and be given practical advice on how to proceed without damaging a long term relationship with your employer or affecting your future employment prospects.
You are under no obligation to proceed with a burns at work claim once you have spoken with us, as all the advice on offer is both impartial and designed to remove any anxiety you may have about making a burns at work claim in order that you can focus on making a full recovery from your injuries.