Burn and Scald Claims

A burn or scald to the skin can cause serious pain and suffering, as well as significant scarring. You may even require long-term care, or the injury may be so serious that you require skin grafts and other extensive treatment. If your burn or scald was caused by a work accident that was not your fault, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Making a claim will not only help you receive financial compensation for your physical trauma and loss of earnings, it can also help with any long-term emotional difficulties you now face.

We have handled claims for people severely burned in all kinds of situations, from road traffic collisions to accidents in the workplace. To find out more about making a claim, call YouClaim today on 0800 10 757 95 or fill in the enquiry form on this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Types of burns and scalds

Burns and scalds can happen anywhere, be it in the home, at work or in a public place. We have experience in working with clients who have suffered a range of burns or scalds in a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Exposure to flames
  • Electrical burns
  • Radiation
  • Chemical burns
  • Water scalds
  • Metal burns
  • Tar
  • Cement alkaline

Regardless of how you suffered a burn, if it was caused by someone else’s negligence then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Burns caused by explosions

Explosions come in many forms and can take place anywhere, from in your own home to your workplace. Gas and dust-related explosions are two of the most common kinds of explosion, but nitroglycerine is also known to be a cause of burns, particularly in work environments.

Gas explosions

The use of compressed gas canisters can cause serious damage in an explosion if they are not handled correctly. As well as causing burns, gas explosions can injure by causing falling debris and by turning harmless items into missiles. For example, nails, screws and washers can become deadly with explosive force behind them.

Flammable vapour can also gather in roof cavities (if lighter than air) or excavated areas (if heavier) and explode later. Non-flammable vapours may cause asphyxiation or they can poison you.

Dust explosions

Combustible dusts can build up in environments such as warehouses and factories. All it takes for these to explode is an ignition source, for example, a hot surface or a nearby spark.

Nitroglycerine explosions

Nitroglycerine is a colourless and oily liquid, which is usually used in construction, mining and demolition industries. It is a violent explosive that, when detonated, can cause extremely high-energy explosions.

It is also a very powerful substance that, following repeated exposure, can cause headaches, loss of sexual libido and difficulties urinating, while long-term exposure may lead to cardiac problems.


What can I claim compensation for?

If your injury was caused by the negligent actions of someone else, it is likely that you will be entitled to take legal action. Compensation can help to pay for:

  • Specialised burns treatment and plastic surgery
  • Specialised equipment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical treatment
  • Long-term care

Who is responsible if I’m burnt or scalded in the workplace?

Your employer has a legal obligation to identify risks and take action to prevent injury to their staff. If you think your injuries were down to a failure on your employer’s part, you can make a claim. If any of the following are true, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation:

  • Your working environment is unsafe
  • You work without safety equipment, or it is damaged
  • You received no, little or poor training
  • Your injuries were caused or worsened by poor health and safety

How YouClaim can help

Our experienced solicitors will investigate and advise you on your best course of action should you suffer a burn or scald. We are a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, so you can guarantee our expertise, professionalism and integrity in each and every case.

We will be with you every step of the way, providing legal advice in plain English should you need it, and we will keep you updated on the progress of your claim.

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Get started today

If you have suffered a scald or burn injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault, contact YouClaim as soon as possible. To begin your burn injury claim, call us free on 0800 10 757 95 or complete our online form on this page and we’ll call you back.