Information about Burn Injury Claims

Burn injury claims enable you to recover compensation when you have suffered an injury to your burn due to an accident for which somebody else was primarily to blame. Irrespective of how your injury was sustained, by making a successful claim for a burn injury you will be compensated for the pain you experienced at the time your injury occurred, the effect that the burn has on your quality of life and any financial consequences of being incapacitated due to a burn injury.

Establishing Your Eligibility to Make Burn Injury Claims

Burn injury claims have to show that you have sustained a burn due to a third party´s lack of care. Determining that you have sustained a burn injury can be proven by your medical records, but establishing that a third party is responsible for the burn through their negligent actions – or lack of actions – can often be more difficult.

Police reports or accident reports may need to be compiled and evidence gathered in support of your burn injury claim. At a time when you may be in a considerable amount of pain from the burn, collecting evidence of negligence may not be something which is easy for you to do and should not be made a priority before you have recovered from your burn injury.

Therefore, it is in your best interests to discuss making burn injury claims for compensation with a lawyer as soon as practically possible. A lawyer will assess your claim for a burn injury, assist you where necessary to collect evidence in support of your burn injury claim and advise you if you have a claim for burn injury compensation which is worth your while to pursue.

How Much Burn Injury Compensation Will I Get?

How much compensation for a burn injury you will be entitled to receive will depend on your personal circumstances. A lawyer will calculate the value of your burn injury claim by considering the severity of the burn and any resultant visible scarring in relation to your age, sex and general state of health prior to the incident which was responsible for you suffering a burn.

As mentioned above, the consequences of your burn injury and the effect it has on your quality of life will also be taken into account when compiling a claim for burn injury compensation. Along with your lack of ability to perform day-to-day tasks while still recovering from a burn, any quantifiable psychological consequences of the accident which led to your burn injury – for example any confidence issues you may have in the future – will also be integrated into your burn injury claim for compensation.

You are also entitled to recover any financial costs which are directly attributable to your burn injury when making a claim for burn injury compensation. These can range from expenses incurred seeking medical attention following an accident which led to your burn injury, to additional transport costs if you are unable to drive while recovering from your burn. Any loss of income can also be recovered in a claim for burn injury compensation – including overtime and pension contributions.

“Contingency Fee” Claims for a Burn Injury

Provided that your lawyer believes there is a strong likelihood of your claim for burn injury compensation being successful, he or she will usually be prepared to represent you in your burn injury claim on a “Contingency Fee” basis. This usually means that, should you lose your claim for burn injury compensation, you will not owe your lawyer for their legal fees and, when your burn injury claim is successful, you will retain 100 percent of your compensation settlement.

However, not all lawyers offer “Contingency Fee” claims for a burn injury on the same basis, and it may be necessary for you to take out an insurance policy to protect yourself from potential financial exposure should your claim for burn injury compensation be unsuccessful and you become liable for the defendant´s legal fees. Your lawyer should explain the exact terms and conditions of a “Contingency Fee” claim for a burn injury prior to accepting your case.

Expert Advice about Burn Injury Claims

It is in your best interests to obtain expert legal advice about burn injury claims at the first practical opportunity. No two claims for burn injury compensation are identical – even when the location and extent of the injury are the same – and to delay speaking with a lawyer about your individual circumstances could jeopardise the collection of evidence in support of your burn injury claim and affect how much compensation for a burn injury you receive.

Consequently, we invite you to call our freephone service and discuss the circumstances of your burn injury directly with an experienced lawyer. There is no charge for this service and you will not be placed under any pressure to proceed with a claim for burn injury compensation. Our lawyers will be able to provide the answers to any questions you may have about making burn injury claims and help you decide whether you have a claim for burn injury compensation which is worth your while to pursue.

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