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Traumatic burn and scald injuries are life changing, leaving lasting physical, emotional and psychological scars. For some, these devastating injuries can be fatal or lead to amputation, sight loss, chronic pain conditions or PTSD, caused by the original accident and injury or its complications.

Physical disfigurement, pain and disability from burn and scald injury can disrupt every aspect of the injured person’s life, reducing mobility, dexterity and self-confidence, affecting work, social or sporting activities and relationships. Many who have experienced severe burn or scald injuries need corrective surgery and a range of rehabilitation, pain management and psychological treatments to help them make their best possible recovery and restore their quality of life.

Our personal injury solicitors secure immediate funding for rehabilitation to maximise the injured person’s recovery, as well as longer term financial help from burn injury compensation. Our clients benefit from:

  • Free initial advice about making a burn and scald injury claim
  • No win no fee funding arrangements
  • Funded rehabilitation to provide early treatment, therapies and psychological support
  • Interim payments to ease money worries, such as loss of income from being unable to return to work
  • Compensation for the injury and to cover the lifelong financial losses and costs arising from the injury, or for the dependent family where the injury led to the person’s death.


What causes burns and scalds claims?

Burn injuries can be caused by accidents or exposure to heat, chemicals, fire, and flame or scalding from hot water or steam. When a burn or scald burn injury was caused by a road traffic accident (RTA), an accident at work or in a public venue, or by defective products or equipment, medical negligence or criminal arson or acid attack, the injured person may be able to claim compensation.

Scalds are caused by wet heat such as hot or boiling water, or steam. The most common cause of burns are by hot surfaces, fires and explosions and can range in severity. Burns can also be caused by:

  • Chemicals
  • Radiation
  • Electricity
  • Friction
  • Fuel and flammable liquids
  • Ice chilled temperatures (prolonged exposure)


We recover burn injury compensation for claims arising from:


Burn injury compensation claims in the workplace

Workplace accidents are the most common cause of adult burn injuries. The law requires employers and business owners to protect their workers from scalds and burn injuries at work by providing a safe environment. They can do this through health and safety awareness, risk assessment and planning, and providing their workers with training, supervision, equipment, and PPE. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which provides guidance and enforces workplace health and safety, says that most fires are preventable.

If you have suffered a burn or scald injury at work, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Our personal injury solicitors are experts in obtaining rehabilitation funding and compensation for injuries caused by workplace accidents. All claims are made against the employers’ insurers and are handled professionally and sensitively. Many of our clients are able to continue working or receive ongoing support from their employer whilst we manage their claim.

If you have been seriously injured in an accident at work and would like to find out more about funded rehabilitation or making a claim, you can talk to one of our experienced solicitors, free and confidentially, by contacting our team.


What type of burn injury can be compensated?

Burn injuries range in impact and severity from nerve pain, scarring, and disfigurement to severe disability from amputation and limb loss. Our burns and scalds compensation solicitors have also claimed for:

  • Skin-grafting and multiple surgeries
  • Sepsis and complications from infection
  • Frostbite injury
  • Blindness and sensory loss
  • CRPS and chronic pain
  • PTSD and psychological injury
  • Fatal injury (death)


How much compensation can I claim for burn injury?

We work closely with our clients and our experts to ensure that we understand the impact of their burn injury and the effect that it will have on their life. This allows us to ensure that each client’s compensation meets their needs arising from their injury and provides the maximum compensation available for the individual circumstances of their claim.

Burn injury claims often include compensation sums for:

  • Pain, suffering and disability
  • Medical treatment, surgery, and pain management costs
  • PTSD and psychological injury and subsequent treatment costs
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Prosthetics (if needed after amputation)
  • Costs of therapies such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy & speech and language therapy
  • Loss of earnings and pension
  • Home adaptation, specialist equipment and aids, and transport costs
  • Camouflage make up and skin treatments

Where the accident caused fatal injury, compensation for the deceased’s partner, dependents and estate may include a sum for the deceased’s pain and suffering leading up to their death, as well as funeral expenses, financial losses arising from the loss of the deceased’s income or ‘services’ (such as childcare or household tasks) and a statutory ‘bereavement award’.

Our recent burns and scalds cases

Our previous settlements for clients with burn injury, scald burn injury or severe traumatic scarring include:

What type of burn injury do I have?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes a burn as an injury to the skin or other organic tissue, which is usually caused by heat or by radiation, radioactivity, electricity, friction or contact with chemicals.

Thermal burns (from heat) occur when some or all of the cells in the skin or other tissues are destroyed by hot liquids (scalds), hot solids (contact burns), or flames. Frostbite, cold burns or ice burns can also cause skin and tissue damage from prolonged exposure or contact with extreme cold.

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How are burns classified?

Burns are classified according to how deeply and severely they harm the skin.

  • First-degree burns or ‘superficial burns’ affect only the top level of skin (epidermis).  They cause soreness and swelling and sometimes lead to complications such as infection. They can affect the skin’s colour but do not cause damage to its deeper layers. Hot water scald burns, steam scalds or mild sunburn are examples of first-degree burns. In most cases, a first degree burn which only causes superficial mild or temporary injury, without any other injuries or consequences, will not lead to a burn injury claim.
  • Second-degree burns are known as ‘partial thickness burns’ as they damage both the first (epidermis) and second (dermis) layer of skin.  These burns can cause redness, swelling and blistering, damage to nerve endings, sweat glands and blood vessels.
  • Third-degree burns are also called ‘full thickness burns’ as they damage all three layers of the skin including the subcutaneous tissue. The area of the burn may look white or blackened. This type of burn often requires skin grafting and surgery, rehabilitation, and ongoing therapies, and can leave permanent scarring and lasting disability.
  • Fourth-degree burns are the most severe type of burn injury, causing damage which can range from injury to all layers of skin tissue, through to muscle and bone, and in some cases fatal injury leading to death. Medical treatment for fourth degree burn injuries include surgery, grafting, and sometimes amputation. Feeling or sensation is lost in the areas where nerve endings have been destroyed by the burn, and the injured person will be left with deep scarring. This type of burn injury has a devastating effect on many areas of the individual’s life, with physical, emotional, psychological and financial long-term consequences.

A burn injury claim can be a lifeline to specialist support, funded rehabilitation and access to private medical and surgical care, therapies including pain management and psychological or PTSD treatment, and long-term financial security.

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Our specialist Burns and scalds injury compensation claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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Claire Roantree


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Beth Hatton


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Roshni Patel


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"Personal Injury Claim"

Claire is exceptionally knowledgeable in the personal injury legal domain, especially in the specific area of my injury. From our very first conversation, she was clear in explaining the potential different routes that the process could take and provided me with expectations of what I could expect along the journey.

She ensured that all bases were covered, organising meetings, discussions and necessary specialist appointments, in order to bring together the case and take it forward. Claire was then able to use her extensive pool of contacts, to appoint an "area leading" barrister, to represent me.

Overall, I was very pleased with appointing Claire and Boyes Turner to act as my solicitor for the legal claim that I pursued. Thank you for all of your support.

Boyes Turner Client

"Boyes turner workplace injury claim"

I approached Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner in regards to making a claim about a workplace burns injury. It was something that had scarred me physically and mentally and taken a huge toll on the lives of me and my family. Claire wasted no time in finding out what happened and made sure I was treated by known experts and quickly finding an answer to my burns scarring and how I could be treated to help manage my pain. Claire also helped me by appointing a psychiatrist to understand my situation and help me cope with post traumatic stress disorder. As well as taking as much stress of the claim away, she was thorough in every situation, making sure I had the best possible claim, and handled it all expertly, I am so very grateful to her and her team. They have helped guide my life back into a positive direction and I can't thank her enough!

Boyes Turner Client

"Personal Injury claim"

Excellent service from Claire and her team at all times. We were kept up to date at each stage of our claim. The outcome was much better than we expected and we would not hesitate to recommend Boyes Turner to family and friends.

Boyes Turner Client

"Lifechanging Law Firm"

Kim handled my personal injury claim after a car accident with immeasurable expertise and compassion. Boyes Turner arranged every part of my private rehabilitation, which greatly improved the speed and quality of my recovery.

Each stage of the litigation process was dealt with efficiently and succinctly. This was then always explained without using unclear legal jargon.

On both health and financial levels, I would be in a far worse position without Kim’s invaluable input. I cannot recommend this firm enough.


"Helping me start to get my life back together"

The last 6 years since my incident have been so my mental health and general life. When I chose Boyes Turner, I was expecting just a solicitor to take my case forward. What in fact I actually got is a solicitor who genuinely cared about what had happened to me and wanted to help me get justice. Without their support I would have probably given in and excepted what happened. I am so glad that I didn’t, now it’s over I am now feeling empowered knowing it wasn’t my fault. They have given me hope for the future. It is more than a job for Claire, she is caring and kind, are wants the best for clients. Thank you.

Rated Excellent 4.8/5