Burns and scalds at work are one of the most serious types of injuries you can suffer in the workplace and can originate from a number of different sources – hot metals, chemicals, boiling water, friction, and even excessive amounts of sunlight. Employers have a responsibility to protect their staff from such hazards, and should their negligence in doing so lead to you suffering an injury, you are entitled to make work burns injury compensation claims.
Your first consideration, however, should be that of your health. Even mild burns can leave permanent scarring, and the timely administration of medical treatment may reduce the long term effects of the burns you have received. In most instances, burns received at work will be treated on site by a medic or authorised first aid person However, you should still visit your doctor and have a thorough examination before contacting a solicitor about making work burns injury compensation claims.
The nature of the burn and the circumstances under which you were burnt will be major factors in the award that is made for any work burns injury compensation claim. Where you have contributed to your injuries by your own actions, the amount of an award may be reduced because of contributory negligence. But even when your employer is only partly to blame for your injuries, you should still make work burns injury compensation claims.
Making Work Burns Injury Compensation Claims
There are some quite complex issues when it comes to making work burns injury compensation claims. The most common one is determining to what degree your employer was responsible for you receiving burns at work. Although the source of the accident may be quite clear, an employer may still deny liability for your injuries or claim not to be wholly responsible for them. It is important, whenever possible, to obtain witness statements from work colleagues who saw the accident and to find out if occurrences such as yours have happened previously.
The importance of witnesses’ statements underlines why you should not delay in contacting a specialised personal injury claims solicitor when making work burns injury compensation claims. Although the Statute of Limitations allows two years from the date you acquired the injury to file a claim, during this time colleagues´ memories may have dimmed or they may have moved on to new areas and you could have lost contact with them.
If you have been involved in an accident at work and are considering making a work burns injury compensation claim, it is in your best interests to call our free advice telephone service at the earliest possible opportunity. Our service enables you to speak with an experienced solicitor, ask questions about your eligibility to claim compensation and receive some helpful advice and information. Our lines are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm and all calls are treated with the utmost confidence.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
We understand that many people may be apprehensive about contacting a solicitor to get advice about how to sue their employer. You may feel that proceeding with a work burns injury compensation claim may affect your future employment prospects in your current job or in the future. However, we have found that by discretely using a solicitor, you can often avoid the potential for awkward workplace confrontations.
Therefore, you will find us considerate of your circumstances when you call, and wanting to listen to how your burns were acquired, what treatment you received and how you believe your employer may have been neglectful in providing a safe environment for you to work in. If you want to ask any questions as we go along, you are welcome to do so.
We will assess, wherever possible, if there is a work burns injury compensation claim that it is worth your while to pursue, advise you of how long the claim may take to process and what level of compensation we would expect you to receive. It may be the case that your employer´s insurance company is keen to make an early settlement to avoid court costs and we shall take this into account also.
You are under no obligation to follow any of the options we offer you or proceed with a claim. We believe that it is better for a client to have a few days to absorb the information we have given them and make a decision having spoken first with family and friends. Frequently, this raises further questions and you are welcome to call us back if there is something you may have omitted to ask during the initial conversation.
The initial conversation is where it all starts, so please do not hesitate to call our free advice service. If it is not convenient to telephone right now, you can leave your contact details in the call-back box at the top of the page and one of our team will get back to you at a more suitable time. We look forward to hearing from you.
If you would like to find out more about the options available to you in respect of a compensation claim, please do not hesitate to call our free advice line right away.
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