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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. This may allow you to make a claim for compensation, especially if the accident that caused you to be burnt was not your fault.


Approximately 130,000 people visit A&E departments each year suffering with burns. Some of these injuries include:

  • Scalded/burnt flesh
  • Facial and eye burns
  • Respiratory burns
  • Emotional and psychological effects from the burn
  • 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. Burns are classified by severity, and include:

  • First degree burns (1st degree burns) are primarily surface-level, affecting only the epidermis or skin, and are also known as superficial burns, and have a general healing time of 5-10 days on average
  • Second degree burns (2nd degree burns), extend deeper into the dermis level and are classified into two levels, either superficial partial thickness or deep partial thickness. These have a general healing time of less than 2-3 weeks, if they are superficial, or 3-8 weeks if they are deep.
  • Third degree burns (3rd degree burns), also known as full thickness, extend through the entire dermis and take prolonged periods to heal, at least months, and are often incomplete in healing.
  • Fourth degree burns (4th degree burns) extend through the entire skin, and into underlying fat, muscle and bone. These often require excision to heal to a degree.


If you have been involved in an accident, caused by another’s negligence, which has resulted in scarring to any part of your body you may 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 and advise you 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 will occur as a result of other injuries, such as a serious leg injury or the bone has broken the skin, or from a burn.

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

Claiming compensation for a burn 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 or scalds at work:

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


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 solicitors have been representing people who have suffered workplace accidents over the last forty years and are experienced at dealing with negligent employers. Your employer has a duty to protect you. They are required by law to hold a valid Employers Liability insurance cover to protect you and your co-workers from workplace accidents.

When an employer has been found to have acted negligently or is in breach of health and safety regulations, their insurer will be required to pay compensation.

For personal and confidential advice call 0800 437 0322 or complete our enquiry web form at the top of the page.


As every injury is personal, the amount you can potentially claim for a burn or scalding injury will be personal to you. However, to get a general idea of the amount of compensation you can claim, why not use our Compensation Calculator and see what you could potentially claim.

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 Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0800 437 0322 today.

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