Examples Of Potential Compensation For A Chemical Burn At Work Claim
If you have suffered a chemical burn at work, you may be wondering whether you could be eligible to claim compensation. Within this guide, we will set out the specific eligibility requirements your case must meet in order to have a valid accident at work claim.
Additionally, we will provide examples of how you may suffer a chemical burn in the workplace and whether your employer could be liable. This guide will also explain how compensation is valued in personal injury compensation claims as well as the different heads of loss you could be awarded if your claim is a success.
Furthermore, we will provide some examples of potential evidence that could be used to support a chemical burn injury claim. We will also discuss how one of our solicitors could assist you through the claiming process and some of the advantages of working with them on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you would like to discuss your specific case and receive free advice on the steps you could take next, you can contact one of our advisors today. Our friendly team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer your questions regarding the personal injury claims process. To reach them, you can:
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If you have suffered a chemical burn at work, you may be interested to know how much compensation you could receive for your injury.
Compensation in a successful personal claim can incorporate two heads of loss. The first head, general damages, compensates you for the pain and suffering of your injuries. This can include both physical and psychological harm.
Those tasked with calculating your general damages may refer to a document known as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for help. This publication lists compensation guidelines for a vairety of physical and psychological injuries at differing severities.
We have used some of these guidelines when creating the following table. Please only refer to it as a guide. Also, note that the first entry has not been taken from the JCG.
|Area of Injury
|Multiple Severe Injuries With Financial Losses
|Up to £1,000,000+
|Multiple severe injuries and special damages such as lost earnings, prescription fees and care costs.
|Scarring to other parts of the body.
|Likely to exceed £104,830
|Cases where burns cover cover 40% of the body and the psychological response is reflective of that.
|Scarring to other parts of the body.
|£7,830 to £22,730
|Awards here are made for a number of noticeable laceration scars or just one, noticeable and disfiguring scar on area of legs, arms, hands, back or chest.
|Very Severe Scarring
|£29,780 to £97,330
|This award relates to young claimants (under 30) who suffer a severe level of disfigurement and psychological reaction.
|Less Severe Scarring
|£17,960 to £48,420
|Where disfigurement is still significant and the psychological response still substantial.
|£9,110 to £30,090
|Cases where the most extreme effects have been reduced by cosmetic surgery.
|Less Significant Scarring
|£3,950 to £13,740
|In cases where one noticeable scar or a number of very small scars do not significantly impact the appearance or prompt a psychological response beyond what would be expected from an ordinarily sensitive person.
|£1,710 to £3,530
|Cases here are considered to have only a minor effect.
Financial Losses That Could Make Up Part Of Your Burn At Work Compensation
The second head of loss is known as special damages, and it compensates you for the financial losses caused by the injury. To include special damages as part of your personal injury claim, you need to present receipts, payslips, medical bills and any other forms of evidence that prove the financial losses you suffered.
Some examples of the costs you could claim for include:
- A loss of earnings, both past and future, due to taking time off work to recover.
- Medical expenses such as specialised burn creams and prescription costs.
- The cost of care if you require someone to help you with daily tasks due to the severity of your injuries.
- Travel expenses such as petrol, parking and fares to essential appointments.
If you would like to have your potential chemical burn at work claim assessed, please speak with one of our advisors. They can answer any questions you have about what to do after an accident at work.
Whilst at work, your employer owes you a duty of care. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, they must take reasonable steps to prevent you from suffering harm while you are working. In addition to this, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 details how employers are required to assess the risks that could arise from the use of hazardous substances and take the necessary precautions.
Furthermore, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which safeguards health and well-being in the workplace, provides detailed guidance around health issues and the use of hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
Should your employer fail to adhere to their duty of care, this could cause you to suffer a chemical burn at work. However, to be able to make a personal injury claim, you will need to show:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care.
- Your employer breached their duty.
- You suffered injury because of your employer’s breach.
If you have questions about your eligibility to start a claim for an injury at work, contact our advisors. They can also help answer any questions you may have, such as, ‘What are my rights after an accident at work?’.
There are various ways that you could potentially suffer a chemical burn at work. However, you must remember, in order to have a valid personal injury claim you must be able to demonstrate that you suffered your chemical burn due to your employer breaching their duty of care.
Some examples of how you could suffer a chemical burn injury at work include:
- Employers could store hazardous chemicals incorrectly, which causes them to fall or leak onto an employee.
- An employer could fail to provide essential personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles and gloves. This could cause you to suffer a chemical burn to your hands or an eye injury affecting your sight.
- Poor training could mean an employee does not know how to handle the chemical and is burned as a result.
These are just a few example scenarios of how a chemical burn at work could happen. To discuss the particular circumstances in which you were injured, please speak to our team. They could inform you whether you have a valid claim. They can also help answer your questions, such as ‘How long after an accident at work can you claim for injuries?’.
If you have suffered a chemical burn at work and are eligible to pursue a personal injury claim, you will need to gather evidence that supports your case. This will need to demonstrate how your employer was liable as well as whether you suffered minor or severe chemical burns.
Some examples of potential evidence that could be used to support chemical burn claims include:
- Photographs of your visible injuries.
- Contact details of witnesses to the accident so that a statement can be taken from them at a later date.
- CCTV footage of the incident.
- Your medical records detailing the severity of your burns and the medical treatment they required.
- A copy of the accident report in the accident book.
A solicitor could help you with gathering the evidence you need to support your specific case. For more information on how one of our expert solicitors could help you claim compensation for your burn injuries, you can contact a member of our advisory team today.
Provided you meet the eligibility criteria for starting a chemical burn injury claim, you might then consider instructing a solicitor to handle your case. If you discuss your case with our advisors, they may connect you with one of our expert personal injury solicitors. If they agree to take on your case, they may offer their services to you through a No Win No Fee contract referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
There are various advantages to working with a solicitor under a CFA on your chemical burn claim. For example, there are generally no fees to pay to your solicitor for their services, either upfront or for the duration of your claim. Additionally, you won’t have to pay fees for your solicitor’s services if your case isn’t successful.
If your compensation claim is a success, you will owe your personal injury solicitor a success fee. This is a small percentage that is taken directly from your compensation. A legal cap limits the amount that this percentage can be.
If you have suffered a chemical burn at work, you can contact our advisors today to discuss your case and see if you could be able to work with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors. Our friendly team is available 24 hours a day to help answer your questions regarding the chemical burn injury claims process as well as offering free advice for your particular case.
Connect with our advisors today by:
- Calling on 0151 375 9916
- Completing the online Contact Us form to get a callback.
- Asking a question using our live chat pop-up.
Additional guides by us regarding personal injury claims for an accident at work:
- Information on making a factory accident claim and the compensation you may be eligible for.
- Guidance on whether you could claim for standing on a nail at work and the compensation you could receive for your injuries.
- Advice on making a back injury at work claim for different types of back injuries.
For other external resources:
- A guide to claiming statutory sick pay (SSP) from Gov.UK
- Information about burns and scalds from the NHS.
- Lastly, more information about personal protective equipment from HSE.
If you have suffered a chemical burn at work and would like to know whether you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you can contact one of our advisors.