Scalding injuries from hot liquids, steam, flammable liquids and gases are the most common form of burns reported in accident and emergency rooms throughout Ireland, and many lead to scalding injury compensation claims. A considerable number of these scalding injuries happen in the workplace, but they can also occur in a bar or restaurant, in communal showers at the gym, or anywhere that hot water may come out of a tap.
Young children are particularly vulnerable to scalding injuries because of their delicate skin and the permanent disfiguration a burn can leave, and the elderly can also frequently be the victims of burns because of their slower reactions. Whenever you, or any of your loved ones or work colleagues, are involved in an accident which leaves a scalding injury, the procedure to follow is:-
- Cool the injured part of the body with loads of cold water for 10 minutes to stop the burning and relieve the pain. If water is not available, milk or still canned drinks will do
- Gently remove any clothing or jewellery from the scalded area before it begins to swell
- Cover the injury with a sterile dressing (kitchen film or a clean plastic bag could be used in an emergency) and get the victim to hospital as soon as possible
Only once the victim is out of danger (some scalding injuries can be life-threatening) should you consider whether the scalding injury was due to negligence or a lack of care and, if so, consult with a specialist personal injury claims solicitor about your entitlement to make a scalding injury compensation claim.
Making a Scalding Injury Compensation Claim
Claiming compensation for a scalding injury can often be a complex affair. An employer or business proprietor may feel that the labelling of a hazard with the potential to cause a scalding injury may absolve him of his liability in a scalding injury claim. Therefore, you should always consult with a specialised personal injury solicitor about scalding injury compensation when such an injury has occurred.
A solicitor will be able to advise you whether you indeed have a claim for scalding injury compensation, and much will depend on the individual circumstances and the availability of witnesses to your accident – particularly if they are aware of the hazard having previously caused a scalding injury. When it is established that you have a case for a scalding injury compensation claim, your solicitor will be able to advise you about what courses of action to take should the negligent party continue to deny liability for your scalding injury, or claim that you contributed to your injuries by your own actions.
Free Scalding Injury Compensation Advice
Our free leg injury advice service is available on 1800 911 940, and enables you to speak directly with an experienced solicitor, establish that you have a claim for leg injury compensation which it is worth your while to pursue and receive helpful and practical advice about how your claim should be made to ensure that you receive an appropriate amount of compensation for your leg injury. Our lines are open seven days a week, and calls are taken in complete confidentiality between the hours of 8.00am and 10.00pm.
Call us now on 1800 911 940 or if you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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What to Expect When You Call
Our solicitors have over twenty years of experience dealing with personal injury claims for compensation and will be aware of the extreme pain you will have suffered at the time of your scalding injury. They will also be conscious of the psychological trauma you may still be undergoing, as the physical scars from your scalding injury begin to heal and you may be concerned about unsightly permanent scarring.
Consequently, we will treat every call to our free scalding injury compensation advice service with the utmost courtesy and consideration for your scalding injury. As well as wanting to hear about your injury, how it occurred and what medical treatment you received, we will also ask you to tell us what impact this has had on your quality of life.
Wherever possible, we will make a preliminary assessment of your scalding injury compensation claim, advise you whether you have a claim which is worth your while to pursue and, if so, we will give you a general idea of the amount of scalding injury compensation we would anticipate you receive. We can also do this if you are calling on behalf of a child or loved one who has sustained scalding injuries in an accident for which they were not to blame.
We will also suggest several courses of action to you before the end of our initial conversation. You are under no obligation to act on any of our advice or proceed with a claim for scalding injury compensation once you have spoken with us, and many of our clients are grateful for the opportunity to discuss their options with family and friends before deciding to proceed.
To get the most comprehensive advice about making a scalding injury compensation claim, your next step should be to call our free advice service on 1800 911 940. Our lines are open seven days a week, and if it is not a convenient time to call us right now, kindly leave your contact details in the form at the foot of the page, and one of our team will get back in touch with you at a more suitable time.