Burns, Scars and Scald Injury

hand injuryThe number of compensation awards being made for burn, scar or scald injuries in Scotland is continuing to increase.

We appreciate how painful such injuries can be, and that they can be the cause of great suffering and hardship for you, particularly if caused through an accident at work.

The most common causes of burn and scald injuries in Scotland include:

  • boiling water that has overflowed,
  • hot liquids or sauces splashing on to workers,
  • dangerous chemicals or acids, and
  • faulty equipment.

Compensation Values for Burns, Scarring & Skin Claims in Scotland

The figures below are offered as a guide only and are contained in the 'Judicial Studies Board Guidelines for Damages in Personal Injury Cases' which contains guidance for the courts in personal injury cases.

These reflect only the 'pain and suffering' amount that a Court may award, not wage loss and other losses you could claim (see our compensation calculator page for an explanatory note of the types of damages in Scotland). You should also be aware that the value you may achieve will largely be dictated by the quality and experience of the solicitor dealing with your case.


Single noticeable scar: between £1,800 - £5,950

Severe scarring: up to £79,700.


A single disfiguring scar on the leg, arm, hand, back or chest: Region of £6,575.

For a female the figure will be higher and if there is only a minor cosmetic scar an award can be given of £5,950 - £17,275.


Dermatitis of both hands: £10,450 - £14,600

Itching on one or both hands but clearing up in a few months to a year: £1,300 - £3,000.

In general, compensation awards for these types of injury are higher for women than for men.

Why should you instruct us?

  1. We are recognised as expert personal injury lawyers
  2. We are accredited as Personal Injury Lawyers by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  3. You will get advice from an expert you can trust.
  4. You will receive 100% of any compensation recovered.

Contact Lawford Kidd

If you have suffered any scarring, burning, scalding or other skin injury, our Scottish solicitors can help. Click here or call 01312255214.


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