Claiming compensation for a burn injury
A burn injury can have a huge impact on your life as well as the lives of those around you. Aside from the physical pain and suffering it’s likely you were unable to work. This can be devastating for a self-employed person, let alone someone on a salaried income. You may have relied on the charity of others for support.
Our experienced lawyers can assist you with recouping lost income compounds the stress of recovery. It may result in your return to work before rehabilitation is complete. If your burns caused physical incapacitation, continuing your everyday activities like driving or even feeding yourself may have left you dependent on other people.
Lodging a claim with an expert who specialises in burn injuries is simpler than you think. All you need to do is call us and talk through your injuries if you wish to do so.
If you have a valid case and wish to commence with us we will remedy the situation by seeking compensation for:
- The cost of rehabilitation, private medical treatment, surgery, and medication
- The impact the injury has had on your social life, hobbies, and sports
- Lost earnings due to time off work, along with the future impact on your career
- Care, either hired professionally or given for free
- Travel costs and accommodation
- Other impacts on your life or family
Want to know more? Try our compensation calculator.
Common causes of burns and burn-related injuries
Burn injuries are caused by a number in a number of ways and usually happen quickly causing lasting damage. Accidents in the workplace are one of the biggest contributors to this type of injury.
Some accidents that cause burn injuries include, but not limited to:
- Commercial electrical accidents.
- Chemical injuries and industrial accidents.
- Burns suffered in a work accident
- Road traffic accidents caused by fire or hot liquids.
- Burns from defective electrical products or gas equipment.
If your burn injuries were someone else’s fault, we may be able to help you make a risk free compensation claim.
Medical burn classifications
Burns are categorised into a first, second, third and fourth degree. This is determined by how the burn penetrates your layers of skin (dermis.)
First-degree burns affect the first layer of skin known as the epidermis layer.
A common cause of a first-degree burn would be an injury to the hands and upper body limbs from hot water or steam.
They don’t usually require urgent medical attention. Complications may arise if the burn site becomes infected.
Second-degree burns affect the layer of tissue beneath the top layer of skin. Second-degree burns cause damage to nerve endings, sweat glands, and blood vessels. This type of burn causes the skin to become bright red and blistered.
Third-degree burns, known also as full-thickness burns, correspond to all three layers of skin sustaining damage.
Recovering from this type of burn can take months or even years. In most cases, it’s a painful, drawn-out process. Third-degree burns are considered a serious injury and often cause scarring and permanent disability. Corrective surgery may have been required.
Fourth-degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury and cause major damage to bones, tendons, and muscles. Damage to nerve endings causes loss of feeling and sensation and always requires urgent medical treatment, surgery, and skin grafts. In severe fourth-degree burn cases amputation is the only option.
Unfortunately, fourth-degree burns are life-altering, and if not treated properly, fatal.
How much compensation am I entitled to?
Every burn injury is different and has nuances that will affect the disbursement of compensation to the injured party. The level of compensation awarded will vary on a case by case basis. Even so, compensation is determined by three major factors:
- The severity of their injuries
- Financial losses they have incurred, and are liable to incur due to incapacitation
- Their level of culpability in causing the accident
One or a combination of these facets of a burn injury can influence your level of compensation.
To find out more about how much you may be entitled to claim, give our specialists a call on 1800 106 107 to discuss your situation in detail.
What to do next
If you’re thinking about making a burn injury claim, you may also be asking yourself whether the injury was your fault, or if it was due to other’s negligence. To make a thorough assessment, call our personal injury specialists free on 1800 106 107, or request a callback.
This will entitle you to free and impartial advice in a confidential environment. They will try to find out about your accident and injury in a calm and compassionate manner. They do this so we can find out whether your claim has a chance of success, and qualifies for a CCA dispensation.
We realise that you may feel uncomfortable speaking about your accident or injury if your experience was recent or your burns are serious. There’s no obligation to make a claim with Millner and Knight; your injury and how and when you claim is up to you.
Our experts will be able to answer any other questions you have about claiming and make sure you understand what to expect before we contact the other party on your behalf to negotiate your compensation.
Unable to speak about your experience at current? If you can affirmatively answer the following:
- You were injured
- It wasn’t your fault
You can lodge your claim online.