When people think of a scald injury compensation claim, they generally envisage boiling water or steam burning the skin and leaving a terrible scar. Inasmuch as hot water and steam are the major contributors to scald injury compensation claims, scalds can also be caused by extreme cold, electricity, chemicals or radiation. In the work environment, a large number of people are regularly put at risk when employers fail to follow regulations designed to protect their staff from these hazards, and if you have sustained a scald injury through an employer´s negligence, you are entitled to make a scald injury compensation claim.
Your first course of action when receiving any type of scald injury should be to immediately go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Major scald injuries are treated in the same way as serious burns at a hospital, and a victim could go into shock and stop breathing. Therefore, hospital staff will insert an airtube to provide a means of breathing, hydrate via an intravenous drip and immunise with tetanus to prevent infection. Even some minor scalds require this level of treatment to prevent future health problems.
Once there is no further serious health risk, treatment begins to prevent permanent scarring through physical and occupational therapy as well as constant monitoring of the damaged tissue to remove the dead cells and allow healthy ones to take their place. Once your recovery has reached this stage, you should speak with a solicitor regarding making a scald injury compensation claim.
Making a Scald Injury Compensation Claim
Irrespective of whether your scald injury has occurred in the workplace, in a restaurant or any other place where you may come in contact with a hazardous element, you are entitled to claim scald injury compensation for your injuries where it can be shown that they were due to the negligence of another. Claiming compensation for a scald injury is done through the Injuries Board Ireland, who will contact the negligent party and advise them that you are making a scald injury claim for compensation.
Once you have been through an independent examination to determine the severity of your scald injuries, the Injuries Board Ireland will make an assessment based on the physical trauma you have suffered and the ongoing costs of treatment to repair the area of your skin damaged by the scald. The major benefit of using the services of a solicitor when making a scald injury compensation claim is that he will also be able to factor in costs of remedial creams, travel to and from clinics for your treatment, and integrate a claim for damages in respect of the psychological trauma you have suffered.
Scald injuries can take a long time to heal, and even though your injury may have been due to the negligence of an employer, you may find that you experience a loss of earnings. An experienced personal injury claims solicitor would be able to ensure that you receive an adequate amount of scald injury compensation to safeguard your financial security and that of your family. If you would like to know more about the benefits of using a solicitor when making a scald injury compensation claim, you are invited to call our free scald injury compensation advice service.
Free Scald Injury Compensation Advice
Our free service is available on 1800 989 995 or via the call-back box at the foot of the page. By using it, you will be able to discuss your claim for scald injury compensation with an experienced solicitor who can answer any questions you may have and provide you with some helpful and practical advice. Our lines are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm seven days a week, and once you have spoken with one of our solicitors you are under no obligation to proceed with a scald injury compensation claim.
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What to Expect When You Call
When you call our free scald injury compensation advice service, you will be speaking directly with a solicitor who has many years experience with compensation claims of this nature. Our solicitor will appreciate the physical trauma you have recently been through and understand your concerns about the long term effects of your scald injury.
We will need to know the circumstances surrounding the accident which lead to your scald injury in order to prepare a preliminary assessment, so we will listen courteously as you describe to us what happened, tell us about the treatment you received and explain why you believe that your employer (or other negligent party) is liable.
We will answer any questions you may have, offer advice about the viability of your claim for scald injury compensation and, wherever possible, give you an indication of the scald injury compensation amount we would anticipate you receive – although we would be able to make a more accurate assessment should you proceed with claim for scald injury compensation.
One of the most common questions we receive is in respect of the amount of time it may take to process your scald injury compensation claim. This will depend largely on your personal circumstances, the severity of your injury and the cooperation of the negligent party – or, more frequently, their insurance company.
In order to find out more about what you may be able to claim as part of a scald injury compensation claim, please call our free advice service on 1800 989 995 at your earliest convenience. If you would rather than we called you, kindly complete your contact details in the call-back box at the foot of the page and one of our team will be back in touch with you.