Expert injury solicitors for burns, scalds and cuts compensation
Burns and scars are, by their nature, some of the most awful injuries anyone can suffer. Burns and scarring not only affect our appearance but in more serious injuries can only have secondary effects such as nerve damage, muscular and ligamentous injuries and, of course, huge psychological effects.
At MG Legal we always view your injury and its effects from every angle, to ensure that when we settle your claim, you receive the compensation you deserve. This is all done, as is every personal injury case we accept, on a no win no fee basis.
How do burns and scarring injuries occur?
There is no one type of incident which causes burns and scarring and often, these types of injury come as secondary injuries to others. The two are not mutually exclusive and it is possible to have scarring from injuries other than burns and not all burns cause scarring. There are some exceptions, which are generally accidents at work when working either with corrosive chemicals, electrical work, very hot or very cold liquids or necessarily hot equipment, such as smelters, ovens and welding equipment.
As solicitors specialising in all elements of personal injury, our team have seen and settled personal injury claims arising out of almost anything you can imagine; from clients having their hands burnt whilst working with air conditioning units at work, to other types of burns, such as rope burns, and burns to a clients skin due to airbags going off in a road traffic accident.
Some of the incidents MG Legal's personal injury solicitors have seen cause burns, scars and cut injuries to our clients, include:
Road Traffic Accidents, particularly more serious ones where occupants hit the interior of the vehicle, or when the injured party comes off a motorbike, or is a cyclist or pedestrian;
Accidents at Work, where cuts and burns can occur due to faulty equipment, inadequate or no training, lack of PPE, defective systems of working, or lack of warning signs and lack of supervision for young, or inexperienced workers.
Medical Negligence accidents, where either a negligent act turns a routine operation into a larger one requiring more complex surgery, resulting in scarring or infection.
Trips, slips and falls into windows and doors that do not contain safety glass. Such incidents often happen in the workplace, or to tenants in rented accommodation, and can be particularly very nasty accidents.
Patch tests not being carried out, in beauty salons, or where hair dyes are kept on for too long, resulting in burns to the scalp.
Injuries on an aeroplane, such as hot food and drink being spilled on passengers.
What type of scarring and burn injuries can occur?
Regardless of the cause, scars and burns ultimately take a certain number of forms, albeit of various shapes and sizes. These include:
First Degree Burns; Where the damage is superficial, with damage limited to only the top layer of skin. These burns are painful but offer a good chance of healing well with no scarring.
Superficial Second Degree Burns; This type of burn is where the damage extends to the layer underneath your dermis (the outer layer of skin) where the damage is less serious and scarring is less likely.
Deep Partial Thickness Second Degree Burns:, Where damage is more severe but still within the skin. This type of burn can cause scarring and permanent colour changes in the skin.
Third Degree (also called Full Thickness) Burns; Where the skin is fully burned and nerve endings are also destroyed. For this reason, these burns often do not hurt.
Fourth Degree Burns (sometimes subdivided into 4th, 5th, 6th Degree Burns) are the most serious and life threatening. These burns entirely destroy the skin and can burn muscles, tendons and even bones.
Keloid scars; these happen as a result of “overhealing” and often this type of scar will be bigger than the injury which caused it. Keloid scars can hamper movements due to their size and thickness.
Contracture scars; these often happen following burns and as the name suggests, tightens the skin, impairing movement. These scars can also affect muscles and nerves depending on the depth of the original injury.
Hypertrophic Scars; These are red, often raised scars but unlike Keloid scars, they do not extend beyond the original injury.
How is an award for personal injury calculated?
You may have heard legal terms used, such as general damages and special damages, if you have ever read any article relating to a personal injury settlement.
To clarify matters, any compensation received for your personal injury is also known as an award for “pain, suffering and loss of amenity”, routinely called General Damages, or, shortened by legal types, to PSLA. This is an award for the injury itself, the pain it causes and the effects on your life. The highest awards for General Damages tend to reach levels of around £400,000.
Where overall awards reach into the millions of pounds is the other aspect of damages, known as Special Damages. Special damages is the term for all financial losses claimed in any given case, such as medical expenses, loss of earnings and in more serious injuries, future care costs.
Depending on the age and earning capacity of the injured person, an award for special damages may well include the fact that instead of earning, say, £30,000.00 a year, until they retire, they will now need daily care for the remainder of their life. So, not only do MG Legal's personal injury specialists claim for our client's lost earnings at the time they instruct us, but we also make a claim for our client's future potential loss of earnings, so that they are covered for the future, and can, in some way, try to put the awful event that caused them to be injured, behind them.
So, when reading the below section, please bear in mind that the figures quoted for these injuries are purely the award for the injury and that each case being different, the total losses will be different too.
See a full overview of general and special damages, and the differences between them, here.
What sort of awards can I recover for a scarring or burn injury?
At MG Legal our first port of call is the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines (JSB), a regularly updated reference book containing guides for awards in certain brackets based on the type and scale of the injuries as detailed by the medical experts in your claim. You will find a copy of the JSB on the desk or in the briefcase of every solicitor, barrister and judge who deals with personal injury.
Awards for scarring and burn injuries can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injuries, their effect and a host of other factors, however, the JSB details these as follows:
Severe burns and lung damage followed by a short period of awareness and partial, fluctuating consciousness over a period of four to five weeks followed by death - awards range between £11,770 and £22,350.
Severe burns and lung damage causing excruciating pain but followed by unconsciousness after 3 hours and death shortly thereafter - awards range between £9,870 and £10,010.
Very severe facial scarring: In relatively young Claimants (typically teens to early 30’s) where the effect is very disfiguring and the psychological effect severe - awards range between £27,940 and £91,350.
Significant Facial Scarring: Where the worst effects will, or have been, reduced by plastic surgery leaving some cosmetic disability and where the psychological reaction is not great - Awards range between £8,550 and £28,240.
Less Significant Facial Scarring In these cases there may be but one scar which can be camouflaged or, though there uis a number of very small scar, the overall effect is to mar, but not markedly to affect the appearance and the reaction is no more than that of an ordinarily sensitive young person - awards range between £3,710 and £12,900.
Trivial Facial Scarring: In these cases the effect is minor only - awards range between £1,600 and £3,310.
Scarring to the body: A large proportion of awards for a number of noticeable laceration scars or a single disfiguring scar of legs/arms, hands, back or chest - awards range between £7,350 and £21,330.
A single noticeable scar or several superficial scars of legs/arms/hand with some minor cosmetic deficit - awards range between £2,220. and £7,350.
How long have I got to make a burns or scarring personal injury compensation claim?
As with any personal injury, if you have suffered burns, scars or cuts, then you have 3 years from the date of the accident, or incident, within which to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. The 3 year limit is set in English Law, subject to the Limitation Act 1980, and whilst there are exceptions to the 3 year period, we always tell our clients to make a claim as soon as possible after you have been injured, so as to avoid disappointment if you are outside of the 3 year period, and your claim becomes statute barred.
So what are the exceptions to the 3 year limitation period? Well, for example, if your injury stems from medical negligence or industrial illness, and everything appears ok to start with and then you later find out about an issue later, that results from the negligence of another, your three years starts from the day you find out this information.
For those under 18 years old at time of the injury, the three years starts from the date of your 18th birthday. Time limits may also differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, here…
Who pays my legal fees if I make a burns or scarring personal injury claim?
MG Legal’s expert burns and scarring personal injury claims solicitors believe that if access to justice should not entail up-front costs, legal jargon, and confusing conversations with fussy solicitors who don’t live in the real world. So, if you have suffered a personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you should not have to pay up front legal costs to get access to proper representation. If you have any questions or queries about making a personal injury claim, then please feel free to contact our offices, for a no obligation, confidential chat, and our friendly team will tell you how we can help you, at no cost to you.
Why choose MG Legal for my burns or scarring personal injury compensation claim?
At MG Legal, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors have a success rate above 99% for all personal injury claims that we accept, on a no win no fee basis.
With over 30 years in the personal injury claims sector, our personal injury team believe that our confidence in our own ability is demonstrated by the fact that every personal injury claim we accept is on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a No Win No Fee agreement, which means that if we do not succeed for our client, and you do not receive any compensation, then we do not get paid for our work. You can see why we work so hard for our injured clients.