Burn injuries can be quite debilitating, especially if they are severe. If you were at work and suffered from a burn injury, no matter how small, you may be entitled to compensation. The least your employer could do is to have your injury checked and treated and to give you a few days off with pay so you can recover. But if your burn injury has become a major source of pain or discomfort or even require extensive medical treatment or surgery, you have the right to seek compensation from your employer.
The classification of burns
In every medical setting, burn injuries are divided into three categories or classifications. This includes first degree, second degree, and third degree burns. Burns may also be classified in the fourth up to sixth degree, but fourth to sixth degree burns result in death and will only be referred to as a component of the person’s examination after death.
A first degree burn
A first degree burn is of the minor kind. In a first degree burn, the skin may appear to have a reddish tinge and may also be painful, although the pain and reddish tinge may not last for too long a time, especially if the affected area is small. With a first degree burn, only the skin’s top layer is burnt or affected, so the skin should not blister.
A second degree burn
A second degree burn is undoubtedly more severe than a first degree one and will often be more uncomfortable and painful. As a second degree burn affects more layers of the skin, the skin will appear brighter red in colour and may experience blistering. A blister, once it bursts, can also lead to infection. If a second degree burn covers over 10% of a person’s body, the person may experience a loss of fluid and go into shock.
A third degree burn
A third degree burn is the most serious type of burn that does not result in death. The person’s skin will often be thoroughly burned and stripped away, and there can also be damage to the person’s ligaments, muscles, and tendons. A third degree burn can cause nerve destruction so the person might not feel any pain – but if the area of the burn is large enough, it can be fatal. Those who suffer from third degree burns will have a long period of recovery ahead of them and may also be confronted with permanent scars. A skin graft and plastic surgery may sometimes be required.
If you have suffered a burn injury at work, you can seek burn at work compensation, especially if you have the right knowledge and help by your side. Experienced burn injury solicitors often work on a No Win, No Fee agreement, which allows you to take advantage of their expertise without worrying about the cost.
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