If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer from a burn injury that was not your fault, you may be owed compensation.
Injuries caused by a burn can undoubtedly be distressing for someone to experience, especially when it was at the hands of someone else’s negligence. Not only do they cause serious pain and the risk of permanent disfigurement, but the recovery time can be extremely lengthy and expensive, particularly where you are unable to work.
Serious burn injuries can stay with you for the rest of your life with the potential for a very damaging impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. It is therefore right to pursue compensation where available.
Get expert help to claim a burn injury compensation
Our burn injury lawyers recognise the stress you are under, so we will always aim to make the claims process as stress-free as possible. We will provide close personal support whilst assisting you with your claim, listening to your every need and catering to your unique requirements.
Our experience with burn injury claims
Whether you have suffered a relatively minor burn injury or something more serious, such as a fourth degree burn, with the potential for a substantial settlement, our expert team can help.
Burn injuries can be caused by various reasons, commonly these can include:
- Household appliance fires
- Road traffic accidents where there have been open flames
- Transport fires
- Medical burns
- Explosions, fireworks, and public displays
- Using dangerous consumer products
We regularly help clients claim compensation in the £1,000-£500,000 range and recently secured a £14million settlement for one of our clients. If you'd like some guidance on the amount of compensation you could claim for a burn injury, you can use our personal injury calculator.
We offer no win, no fee funding for burn injuries, so there is usually no upfront cost or financial risk in pursuing a claim with David W Harris & Co.
Get a free first consultation with our burn injury lawyers in South Wales
Unsure if you are entitled to compensation for a burn injury or want to know more about how the claims process works?
We offer a free first consultation to answer your questions and help you decide whether you wish to pursue a burn injury compensation claim.
Please use our simple online enquiry form to book a free initial chat with our team. There will be no obligation to take things further unless you wish to do so.
Why use David W Harris & Co. for your burn injury claim?
There are numerous reasons to work with our expert burn injury solicitors, including:
- No win, no fee funding for burn injury claims
- Millions of pounds in compensation recovered for our clients over the last 35 years
- Our expertise is independently recognised:
- We cover the whole of South Wales with offices in Pontypridd, Talbot Green and Swansea – home visits can also be arranged where appropriate
- Most burn injury claims we handle are settled out of court, saving you time, legal costs and stress
- We have a strong track record of securing maximum burn injury compensation for our clients
Find out more about our personal injury claims expertise.
Burn injury claims fees and funding
Where possible we offer no win, no fee burn injury claims funding.
This works by you signing a ‘conditional fee agreement (CFA)’ with us. A CFA confirms that you will only pay for your claim if we can secure you compensation.
If we fail to get compensation for you, and you adhere to the terms of the no win, no fee agreement, you won’t owe us a penny. This means there is no financial risk to you in starting a claim and you don’t need to worry about finding the money to cover our fees.
Depending on the circumstances, other alternative types of funding may be more appropriate e.g., trade union funding for a burn injury claim that happened in the workplace (if you are a trade union member).
We will be happy to discuss the different options for funding your personal injury claim during your free initial consultation with our team.
Common questions about burn injury claims
How are burn injuries categorised?
Burns are categorised in four different categories. These are:
- First degree – First degree burns only affect the top layer of skin (epidermis) and can usually be treated at home rather than seeking medical attention.
- Second degree - Second degree burns affect the layer of skin just beneath the first (epidermis and dermis). These usually aren’t severe but can be painful, with the healing process lasting between two to eight weeks.
- Third degree - Third degree burns usually cause damage to the epidermis, dermis, and the tissue underneath. They can be severe with the potential to cause lasting scars and disability.
- Fourth degree - Fourth degree burns are the most severe type, causing damage to the epidermis, dermis, tissue underneath and deeper tissue. It can affect bones, tendons, muscles, and nerve endings. They can be life changing, with medical treatment required, such as surgery, skin grafting and amputation. In some instances, they can be fatal.
Is there a time limit to claim compensation for a burn injury?
Similar, to most personal injury claims, those who have suffered from a burn injury must make a claim within three years from the date the burn injury occurred.
However, there are some circumstances where the limit can be extended, including:
- The burn victim was under the legal claim age of 18 at the time of the incident – upon turning 18, the victim will have three years (up to their 21st birthday) to make a claim
- The injured victim did not have the mental capacity to make a claim within the three years, e.g. they were in a coma or had learning difficulties – there is no time limit for making a claim on behalf of someone without capacity
How much can you claim for a burn injury?
Every burn injury claim is personal, and therefore, the compensation you could potentially receive will completely depend on numerous factors relating to the accident, your injuries, and the impact it has mentally, physically and financially had on you.
The factors considered when determining the compensation amount include:
- Any financial losses due to your injury – where your injury has prevented you from being able to work
- Expected future financial losses due to your injury – where your injury is expected to prevent you from being able to work
- Medical expenses – this includes any travel to and from medical appointments in relation to your injury
- Home modifications – if your home has needed modifications due to your injury
- Pain, suffering, and psychological harm experienced – both mentally and physically
Our South Wales burn injury lawyers will be happy to discuss the potential compensation you could receive during your initial consultation.
What to do next about starting a burn injury claim
Simply use our short online enquiry form to tell us you would like to speak to a member of our personal injury team about a potential burn injury claim, and we will be in touch promptly.