Severe burns and scalds can have a life-changing impact on the sufferer. They can cause damage to nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Serious burns can lead to permanent scarring – which can reduce mobility; in some cases, burn injuries can even be fatal.
The NHS states that around 130,000 people visit Emergency Departments with burn injuries in England alone every year. Roughly 500 of these patients are admitted to hospital with severe burn injuries which require fluid-resuscitation – and half of these are children under the age of 16.
In this guide, we look at the different degrees of burns, the common causes of burn and scald injures, and how you can make a claim for compensation:
What are the different degrees of burns?
Burns and scalds are categorised into three main degrees, depending on the severity: