When you hear the term burn injury, the first thing that comes to mind is heat or fire. But there are other things that can cause a burn such as radiation, electrocution, and chemicals. And when it comes to burn injury claims, it can happen due to a car accident, in a work environment, or even in school. In most instances, negligence is the reason for these accidents. As such, the injured party often seeks to receive compensation by filing a claim.
What are the different classifications of burn injury?
You can receive burn injury compensation for different types of injuries falling under this category. When due to the negligence of others, the following are common examples:
- Accidentally touching hot surfaces because there’s lack of protection provided
- Poor wiring and exposed live wires or lack of insulation
- Improper protocols for handling chemicals
- Ineffective or inefficient protective clothing
The severity of the injury also determines how much you’re likely to receive from the claim. The extent of medical attention needed is another consideration when calculating the amount.
When can you file a claim for a burn injury?
Filing a claim for burn injury means you aren’t at fault for the incident. Even if you have somehow contributed, the primary responsibility lies with another party. For example, workers exposed to hazardous conditions may file a claim against their employers. The claim will cover the expenses incurred for medical attention, including the cost of cosmetic surgery if needed.
You may also receive compensation if you suffered emotionally due to the incident. If you lost your job, the claim should account for this as well. Even expenses incidental to the circumstance, such as transportation cost while seeking treatment may be included.
Similar to other claims for personal injury, there is also a time limit. It’s ideal to file the claim as soon as possible. But, in case you need to wait for recovery the maximum time is three years.
Do you need a solicitor to file the claim?
The short answer to this question is yes. Some people may feel confident handling the process alone. But, there are many challenges you’ll encounter during the claims process. Some of these challenges are too complex for someone without legal knowledge or experience. The role of a solicitor is to compile all the information and evidence and make your case more compelling. Moreover, the solicitor will want to make sure that you get the right compensation, instead of accepting the first offer for settlement.
Another benefit of hiring a solicitor is that there are times when a solicitor will agree to receive no fee unless you win the case. The only time you need to pay for the cost of the services is when you receive the compensation. Most importantly, you won’t be able to defend yourself in court without a solicitor if the case goes to trial.
In conclusion, filing a claim for burn injury is a challenging process, but is commonly observed in the country. Knowing how the process works will help you when the time comes, or when you have a loved one who needs to file a claim.