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Burns, scarring and laceration claims
Burns and scarring not only affect our appearance, but in more cases, the injuries can have secondary effects such as nerve damage, ligamentous injuries, and huge psychological effects.
How do burns and scarring injuries occur?
Our team of personal injury solicitors have seen and settled personal injury claims arising out of a huge range of accidents.
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;
Exposure to UV rays- such as on sunbeds in tanning salons, where customers stay on the sunbed for too long and sustain serious burns.
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 lead to personal injury claims for financial compensation?
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.
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.
Third Degree Burns- Where the skin is fully burned and nerve endings are also destroyed.
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.
Contracture scars- these often happen following burns and as the name suggests, tightens the skin, impairing movement.
Hypertrophic Scars- These are red, often raised scars but unlike Keloid scars, they do not extend beyond the original injury.
What should I do if I have suffered from burns, scarring, or lacerations in an accident that was not my fault?
If you have burns, scarring, or lacerations from any kind of accident, whether a road traffic accident, or a beauty treatment gone wrong, then there are some steps that you can take in order to help your claim for personal injury compensation.
1. Seek medical attention- as with any injuries resulting from any accident, the first and most important step is to seek any necessary medical attention for your injuries. Depending on the severity of your injuries, this may be your GP, or your local A&E department. For more information on the best medical treatment for your burns or scalds, see here. Seeking medical attention will also mean that your injuries are found on your medical records, making it much easier for your personal injury solicitor to build the necessary medical report for your claim.
2. Keep any records of the accident- whether it was an accident at work, road traffic accident, beauty treatment gone wrong, or any other type of incident, you should ensure to take the necessary steps to either record the accident, take photographs of your injuries, and keep note of any details or receipts.
3. Make a personal injury journal- as well as taking regular photographs of your injuries, it can also be helpful to keep a pain diary, or a personal injury journal, to record and track your burns, scarring, or lacerations, and how they impact your daily life. For a full overview of how to make a pain diary, see here.
4. Get in touch with a specialist personal injury solicitor- the final step, and one of the most important in any accident and with any injury, is to get in touch with a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible after your accident. The claims process for a personal injury claim can be complicated, and you really need the help of a legal expert to help you navigate it from the start. If you get in touch with MG Legal, and we accept your NO WIN NO FEE claim, then your designated personal injury solicitor will get started on building your claim the same working day.
How much is my burns, scarring, and lacerations injury claim worth?
Personal injury claims are broken down into two parts, general and special damages. General damages award financial compensation for the pain and suffering of injuries, while special damages are calculated on a case to case basis, depending on how much of an impact the injuries have had on a claimant's life. See a full overview of this, here.
General damages 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 Judicial College's guidelines details these as follows:
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, scarring, or lacerations personal injury compensation claim?
As with any personal injury claim, if you have suffered burns, scars or cuts, then you have 3 years from the date of the accident within which to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. This is subject to the Limitation Act 1980.
There are some exceptions to these rules:
For those under 18 years old at time of the injury- in this case, the three years starts from the date of the child's 18th birthday
If you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, or 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, for more information about your specific injury claim.
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 burns, scars, and lacerations claims that we accept.
With over 30 years of experience in personal injury claims, our team believe that our confidence in our own ability is demonstrated by the fact that every personal injury claim we accept is on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, which means that if we do not succeed for our client, then we do not get paid for our work, and you owe us nothing as the client. This allows you to make a burns, scars, or lacerations claim at no financial risk.
Combined with the fact that we settle numerous claims for clients that have sustained injuries resulting in cuts, burns and scarring, on a weekly basis, when you choose MG Legal to act on your behalf, you are in very safe hands indeed.