There are many risks of receiving burns at work, irrespective of occupation. Reasons for burns at work can range from corrosives, chemicals, hot water, radiation, friction and even excessive amounts of sunlight. One of the most common reasons for burns at work compensation claims is when temporary heating has been installed to cope with below average seasonal temperatures.
It may be surprising that with all the rules and regulations associated with the elements that can cause burns at work, something as simple as applying health and safety guidelines when using a paraffin heater should be ignored. Surface temperatures on these heaters can reach as high as 160 degrees (Celsius) and be responsible for some very serious burns.
If your employer has installed one in your workplace without providing training on how to use it, even though he was well-meaning, he could be sued for burns at work compensation if somebody was to get burnt whilst trying to keep warm. In fact in any burns at work accident where your employer has been even partly negligent, you are entitled to claim compensation for burns at work.
Treatment for burns at work will be handled in a variety of different ways depending on the nature and the severity of the burn. So even if you have received first aid treatment at the site of the accident, it is always recommended to visit the accident and emergency department of your local hospital or make an emergency appointment to see your family doctor.
Whereas a small burn or scald may remain painful for a while, more serious burns at work can lead to permanent scarring, nerve damage and muscular damage. When large scars contract, they may be responsible for permanent disfigurement and reduced mobility – prompting psychological distress to go with the physical trauma you have already suffered.
Claiming Compensation for Burns at Work
Compensation claims for burns at work are processed in the same manner as personal injury claims – through the Injuries Board Ireland. The accident in which you acquired your burns at work should be recorded in your employer´s “Accident Report Book” and a copy of this, together with your medical records, should be submitted with your application for compensation. Thereafter, the Injuries Board Ireland will make an assessment which, should your employer have admitted liability for your burns at work, will be sent to both of you to agree and for payment to be made by your employer´s insurance company.
However, should your employer deny liability, should the Injuries Board Ireland make an assessment which is wholly inappropriate for your injuries or should your employer´s insurance company approach you with an offer of early settlement, what should you do? With the likelihood that at least one of these events is going to happen, most people making a compensation claim for burns at work choose to use a solicitor to assist them right from the very beginning.
Not only will a specialist personal injury claims solicitor be more familiar with the procedures involved in making a compensation claim for burns at work, they will also have accurate and up-to-date information on what constitutes a fair and adequate award of compensation.
To enable people to find out more about how using a solicitor when making a claim for burns at work compensation can be of benefit to them, we have set up a free advice telephone service.
You can call this service between 8.00am and 10.00pm and speak directly with an experienced solicitor who will offer helpful advice and accurate information. Each call is treated with the utmost discretion and you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us. If you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
What You Can Expect When You Call
Our solicitors have over twenty years of experience in dealing with work related claims for compensation, and clients suffering from burns at work are one of the most frequent. Therefore, we will understand how much physical trauma you may have suffered but, as each accident is different, we would appreciate if you could take time to explain the circumstances surrounding your injuries.
We would like to know what injuries you sustained, how they were treated and if, in your opinion, there were actions that could have been taken that would have prevented your burns at work. It would also help if you could tell us how this has affected your quality of life – not only with the possible loss of earnings as a result of your injuries, but also with personal interactions amongst family and friends.
We acknowledge that some employees are apprehensive about making a compensation claim for burns at work against an employer and you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us. However, using a solicitor to obtain a fair amount of compensation for you can be done without confrontation in the workplace and we can assure you of discretion at all times.
If it is not possible for you to call our free advice service right away, please leave your contact details in our call-back form below and one of our friendly and helpful team will be back in touch.