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Burn and Scald Injuries

Burn and Scald Injury Claims*

If you have suffered a burn or scald due to the negligence of someone else you may be entitled to compensation. Burns are normally classified under three headings:

  1. First Degree Burns – these are the most minor of burns
  2. Second Degree Burns – more serious form of burn
  3. Third Degree Burns – the most serious form of burn with possible muscle, ligament or tendon damage
  •  Scalds are generally caused by steam or hot liquids.

The amount of compensation to be recovered in any case will depend on the extent of your injuries. We will obtain reports to support your claim from:

  1. medical experts and, where appropriate,
  2. vocational, rehabilitation or actuarial experts.

The compensation we will seek to recover for you will include:

  1. general damages for pain and suffering and
  2. special damages in respect of any out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the accident
  3. and, if appropriate,  losses and expenses into the future.

Mangan O’Beirne will assist claimants in submitting a claim to the Injuries Board
 and will advise on each heading of compensation to which they may be entitled and will secure the expert reports necessary to support their claim.  Almost all claims for compensation must be processed initially through the Injuries Board (formerly known as PIAB) provided that both parties agree to the process.    If both parties do not agree, then the injured party will initiate a case through the courts.

Time Limits: Notification of a claim should ideally be made to a defendant within two months of the accident giving rise to the injury. It is important to collate as much information as possible at an early stage including witness details, involvement of the Health & Safety Authority (if applicable).

A court action seeking compensation for personal injuries from negligence must be issued within two years from the accident or from the date of knowledge of the person concerned as respects that cause of action, whichever occurs later.   The time during which the Injuries Board considers a claim is disregarded for the purpose of calculating the time limits.


Please contact us at 01 668 4333 or email solicitors@manganobeirne.ie or fill in your details and we will call you back.

*in contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

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