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Burn Injury Compensation Claims

The Australian coast | Shine Lawyers

If you have suffered a burn injury or have been injured in a fire or chemical spill, whether it happened at work or otherwise – it’s possible you may have a claim for compensation. We most commonly associate burn injuries with heat; however, they can also be caused by cold, electricity, chemicals, radiation, sunlight or friction. Hot liquids or steam can cause scold or burn injuries as well.

Burn injuries can have a serious effect on an individual’s life. Often, the person never recovers to the point they were at prior to the accident. Seeking compensation can help to provide stability and ease the financial burden on those effected; improving the quality of life and the facilities available to help in their recovery.

Shine Lawyers are experts when it comes to burn injury compensation claims, and can help you get the compensation you need following the fire or chemical related accident. We provide all our personal injury legal services on a No Win No Fee guarantee, which means you only have to pay our fees if we win your claim at the end.

Learn more about the process for bringing a compensation claim with Shine Lawyers through the video below:



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  • Obligation-free consultation to assess your case confidentially

  • Claim assessment process where we will explain all of the options available to you

  • We can come to you - if you can't make it into the office we're more than happy to come to you

  • No Win No Fee arrangement

Common questions about Burn Injury Compensation Claims

If you have been involved in a workplace accident that has resulted in a burn related injury, compensation may be available under the workers compensation scheme. It is compulsory for employers within Australia to hold suitable workers compensation insurance for accidents and injuries that occur in the workplace, so if your fire or burn-related injury happened at work – it’s possible you will be entitled to compensation under the scheme. Click to read more about workers compensation.

If you suffered burn injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident, it’s possible that you may be able to claim compensation under motor vehicle accident law. Click to read more about motor vehicle accident claims.

Determining your ability to make a claim depends on a whole range of factors unique to your situation. An expert lawyer should be able to let you know your rights and inform you of your ability to make a claim once they know the specifics of your situation.

If you have suffered burn injuries, the legal process can be particularly complex and hard to understand at first. You may have a range of legal options and avenues to bring about a claim. It can be hard to know what to pursue and how the whole process works.

The below image is designed to give you an indication of how someone moves through the process with Shine Lawyers, and how you can access compensation through the legal system.

Claims Process Diagram

Who pays the compensation depends on the nature of your burn injury claim, mostly it is the insurance company of your employer or the person at fault (if it was a motor vehicle accident) that will pay the compensation you.

The employer or the individual responsible themselves usually won’t pay anything out of their own pocket. The claim is all progressed against the insurance company.

If you have been scolded, severely burnt, suffered smoke inhalation, or been hurt as a result of a chemical spill or otherwise – you may be able to claim compensation.

It doesn’t matter if the accident or injury happened because of your own actions or that of another, you may still have a burn injury claim.

You may be able to claim for:

  • Medical or hospital expenses
  • Loss of wages
  • Permanent impairment compensation
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Return to work services
  • Death compensation claims
  • Travelling expenses

How much compensation you can claim for a burn injury really depends on the severity of the injury and the impact it will have and has had, on your life.

Once a lawyer puts together all the evidence and goes through the facts of your case, they should be able to give you a good idea of how much compensation you can expect.

No two burn injury claims are the same, and how long it takes for a claim to be successful depends on a whole range of factors such as how long it takes for your injuries to stabilise and how complex your claim is.

A lawyer will be able to give you a better idea of timing after they know a bit more about your situation.

There are strict time limits when it comes to burn injury claims, and it depends which area of law the claim falls under, and in some cases, what state you bring forward the claim under.

It’s important you seek legal help as soon as possible following your burn injury or accident. Failing to do so may mean you forgo your ability to make a claim for compensation.

Shine Lawyers provide all burn-related compensation claims on a No Win No Fee guarantee, which means that you won’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim at the end. As part of our service offering the first consultation with us is obligation free, which means it cost you nothing to find out about your rights and ability to make a claim.

In the event you choose to bring about a claim with us, the fees are all paid at the end out of the settlement amount and vary depending on the work required to win your case.

It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a burn injury compensation claim. Doing so successfully will likely require a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and a commitment to actively pursue the case to move it forward.

Most people making burn injury claims choose not to act for themselves and instead engage an expert compensation lawyer. The best compensation lawyers can provide the knowledge and experience required to help guide a case to a successful outcome.

Shine Lawyers have offices in the following locations across Australia. As part of our service offering, home or hospital appointments can be arranged at your convenience.

Our compensation experts are in the following locations:


New South Wales


Western Australia

Shine Lawyers have expert No Win No Fee lawyers that can help you determine your rights and bring forward a burn injury claim on your behalf. The below links contain further information regarding your legal options.

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Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law across Australia:

burn injury lawyers Victoria

Stuart Le Grand, Melbourne

burn injury lawyers New South Wales

Ron Kramer, Fairfield
Susan Newman, Sydney

burn injury lawyers queensland

Jodie Willey, Brisbane
Kathryn Rayner, Townsville
Melissa O’Neill, Brisbane
Roger Singh, Brisbane
Simon Morrison, Brisbane

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