If you work in an environment where electrical equipment, heavy machinery, chemicals or extreme heat is often used, burns and lacerations can be relatively common. However, some burn or laceration injuries can result in significant, lifelong scarring, and, in turn, cause extensive psychological harm or distress.
Your employer has a responsibility to minimise workplace dangers in order to keep their employees safe, but if you feel their negligence in this department has resulted in an avoidable injury, you may be entitled to claim compensation. If you’ve suffered a burn or laceration injury at work, whether big or small, our solicitors could help you make a claim for compensation.
If you are unsure whether you may be entitled to compensation, our team can provide you with free initial advice and we also offer no win no fee agreements, where appropriate.
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Burn injury claims
Burn injuries are common in professional kitchens and industrial plants, such as steelworks and garages, but they can also be caused by extreme cold or chemical exposure. Burn injury claims may include:
- Exposure to corrosive chemicals not clearly labelled as hazardous
- Handling hot liquids or exposure to hot surfaces without proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Contact with hot pipes or radiators that are not properly insulated
- Contact with exposed electrical wires.
- Contact with water tanks which are set at too high a temperature
Lacerations may be irregular and jagged but can include any wound where the soft tissue has torn. Often, these types of wounds are caused by blades, whether from a piece of moving machinery or a kitchen knife, but can also occur as the result of a fall or trip or vehicle accident.
Permanent scar compensation
It is not always immediately clear whether an injury will scar, but once the initial healing process is complete, or where surgical treatment has been required to treat the original injury, you will be able to determine the resulting level of scarring. In severe cases, scarring can have serious psychological consequences.
How can my employer prevent burns, scars and lacerations at work?
Whilst accidents can happen, your employer should be doing their utmost to keep the workspace a safe environment for their employees. Safeguarding practices should include:
- Regular risk assessments
- Communicating risks and safety measures to employees
- Thoroughly training staff on health and safety
- Ensuring there is a trained first aider on site at all times, along with a stocked first aid box
- Ensuring employees take regular breaks during intense work periods
What should I do if I have suffered a burn or laceration at work?
If you suffer a burn or laceration at work, the first thing you must do is seek medical attention and report the incident to your employer. Generally, workplaces will have an ‘accident book’ to accurately record the details of any incidents. If there is no accident book, it is important that you write down what happened. If there are any witnesses, make sure that you take their names and contact details.
Where possible, take photos of the scene of the accident and the injuries that you have suffered, as this can be helpful if you wish to pursue a claim and your employer doesn’t admit that they are at fault.