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Burns, Scalding and Scarring Injuries

Burns are very painful injuries and even a small burn or a scald can remain painful for a long period of time. The more serious the burns then the more serious the injury:

  • Scalded/burnt flesh
  • Facial and eye burns
  • Respiratory burns
  • Emotional and psychological effects
  • Tendon, ligament or muscle damage
  • Permanent scarring

Burns are most commonly caused by heat, however, they can also be caused by intense cold and chemicals. Scalds are caused by hot liquids or steam.

Claiming compensation for a burns or scalding at work

Most workplace burns occur needlessly and could have been prevented if the correct procedures had been followed and the right protective equipment provided. Burns and scalds are relatively common injuries for those working in environments where extreme heat, machinery and chemicals are present. They are all too common in professional/commercial kitchens and industrial plants.

Common causes of suffering burns at work:

  • Hot surfaces being exposed
  • Unsafe electrical equipment
  • Handling hot liquids without the correct protection

How to make a claim

If you have suffered burns or scalding at work make sure you seek immediate medical advice from your GP or a hospital. The accident should also be recorded in your company’s accident book immediately, or as soon after your injury as possible.

Our specialist personal injury team has been dealing with workplace accidents for approaching nearly four decades – they are used to standing up to negligent employers. Hodge Jones & Allen has a strong track record of achieving the best possible results.

If you have been injured as a result of your employer’s negligence then our personal injury solicitors will make sure you receive the care, treatment and compensation you are entitled to – helping you get your life back on track. For personal and confidential advice call … or complete our enquiry web form at the top of the page.

Classification of burns

Burns are classified by one of three categories – first degree, second degree and third degree.

First Degree Burns – these are the most minor and will usually cause the skin to appear red. The pain suffered would not be too long lasting but, that depends on the size and area of the body affected. The very top layer of skin is damaged (epidermis) therefore, there should be no blistering of the skin.

Second Degree Burns – are more serious and will generally be more painful. Deeper layers of the skin are affected and the skin will look bright red. Blistering will probably occur which may lead to risk of infection once they have burst.

Third Degree Burns – these are sometimes referred to as full thickness burns and are the most serious burns. The skin will be completely burned away and damage may have been caused to the muscles, ligaments and tendons beneath. Third degree burns will take a long time to heal and almost always leave permanent scarring – skin grafts from unaffected areas may also be needed.

Occasionally, other classifications are used – fourth, fifth or even six degree burns. These burns most often result in death and are classifications that will usually only be used as part of the post-mortem examination.


If you have been involved in an accident which has resulted in scarring to any part of your body you will be entitled to compensation.

Scars on your face are obviously more visible and therefore attract more compensation. In order to recover compensation we would need to show that someone else is legally at fault or, perhaps partially at fault. To be in a position to value your claim our teams will

  • Investigate the circumstances of your accident
  • Obtain a medical report which would deal with the prognosis i.e. whether the scarring is likely to get better, whether any scar revision is needed.

In addition to the claim for scarring, we will review with you and advise on compensation for the financial aspects that may be associated with the scarring. For example, the injury means you can no longer work.

Often scarring has occurred as a result of other injuries, such as a serious leg injury or the bone has broken the skin.

Also, scarring to the forearms and degloving injuries can result in serious tendon damage which can affect the long-term use of the hand and therefore the ability to work.

To get a quick estimation on the amount of compensation you could be entitled to, you might find it helpful to try our Compensation Calculator.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our London based team of personal injury lawyers, and we will look into making a claim for you.

Our Personal Injury Claim Solicitors are backed by nearly four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of Personal Injury Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving the best possible results for scarring injury claims. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.