A Guide On How To Claim For A Hotel Radiator Burn

By Stephen Bishop. Last Updated 9th April 2024. In this guide, we explain when you could be eligible to claim for a hotel radiator burn injury. We outline the eligibility requirements you should meet and the evidence which can be useful when making a public liability claim.

A bandaged hand treated for burn injuries from a hotel radiator

Additionally, we explore the duty of care you’re owed in a public place, such as a hotel. We have also provided an example case study of how this injury may occur in a hotel accident

Furthermore, our guide looks at how compensation payouts tend to be calculated. 

We also detail how a No Win No Fee agreement works and what you can expect if you seek the services of a solicitor on this basis. 

To find out more about when you could make a claim for a burn injury, please continue to read our guide. Alternatively, if you would prefer to discuss your potential claim in more detail, you can do so by using the contact details below to connect with an advisor from our team: 

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  1. Can I Claim For A Hotel Radiator Burn Injury?
  2. What Time Limits Are There For Hotel Radiator Burn Claims?
  3. What Evidence Could Support A Hotel Radiator Burn Injury Claim?
  4. Examples Of Burn Injury Claim Payouts
  5. Claim For A Hotel Radiator Burn With Our Panel Of No Win No Fee Solicitors
  6. Learn More About Claiming For A Burn Injury

Can I Claim For A Hotel Radiator Burn Injury?

When you are in a public space, such as a hotel, then the controller of that space owes you a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. This means that the controller should take steps to ensure your reasonable safety while you’re in the public space.

If you have been injured by a hotel radiator burn, you may have valid grounds to start a compensation claim if you can prove the following:

  • The hotel owed you a duty of care.
  • They breached this duty.
  • Your burn injuries occurred due to this breach.

For example, if the hotel knew a radiator in a room got dangerously hot and failed to cover the radiator with a protective radiator cover, and this lead to you suffering a burn injury on your hand, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

For more advice about how to obtain the evidence to help support your claim, please read on. You can also contact our advisors to discuss the eligibility of your case.

What Time Limits Are There For Hotel Radiator Burn Claims?

There is usually a three-year time limit for starting a personal injury claim for a hotel radiator burn. This is established by the Limitation Act 1980. This time limit usually begins from the date your injury occurred. However, it can work differently under some circumstances.

If a child has suffered burn injuries, then the time limit for claiming will not activate for them until the day of their 18th birthday. Before that day comes, a litigation friend could start a claim on the child’s behalf. If this doesn’t happen, then the injured party will have three years to start their own claim once they turn 18.

In circumstances where the injured party lacks the mental capacity to start their own claim, the time limit will be frozen indefinitely. A litigation friend could claim on their behalf while the time limit is frozen. However, if this person later regains their mental capacity and a claim hasn’t been made already, then they will have three years to start a claim from the day of recovery.

Need more advice on your eligibility to start a burn injury claim? You can get in touch with our advisors today to learn whether you can start your own claim or ask any questions about the process.

What Evidence Could Support A Hotel Radiator Burn Injury Claim?

When you are making a claim for personal injury compensation after sustaining a hotel radiator burn injury, having evidence is likely to benefit your claim. 

This can include: 

  • Photographs of the hazard.
  • Copies of medical records.
  • Photographs of your injuries. 
  • Witness contact information so your claim can include supporting statements. 

A solicitor from our panel could help you in the process of acquiring this evidence. To find out whether they could work on your claim, get in touch using the contact details provided above.

Radiator and chair inside a hotel room

Examples Of Burn Injury Claim Payouts

General damages are one head of claim you could potentially receive within your settlement. They intend to compensate you for the pain you have experienced due to your injuries. 

When solicitors are valuing the harm you have endured, they may turn to the compensation brackets contained within the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).  

These figures are in the table beneath, however, there is no guarantee that this is what you will receive as your payout may vary depending on the specific details of your claim. The first entry in the table is not based on the JCG.

InjuryNotesCompensation Amount
Multiple Injuries Plus Special DamagesIf you're eligible to claim for multiple serious injuries, then you may receive a payout covering all of them as well as any related special damages, such as the cost of home care provisions.Up to £250,000+
Scarring to Other Parts of the BodyBurns that cover 40% or more of the body are included in this bracket. The cosmetic impact, thickness of the burn, and the psychological impact of the injury will be factored.Likely to exceed £127,930
Obvious laceration scars, or one disfiguring scar on the leg, arm, hand, back, or chest.£9,560 to £27,740
A single obvious scar, or numerous superficial scars on the leg, arm, or hand, with some minor cosmetic deficit.£2,890 to £9,560
Facial DisfigurementVery Severe: The scarring and psychological reaction are very severe and have a disfiguring cosmetic effect.£36,340 to £118,790
Less Severe: The scarring is less severe but disfigurement is still substantial. The psychological reaction is significant. £21,920 to £59,090

Special Damages

There is another head of claim you could be entitled to receive, and these are referred to as special damages. These are intended to reimburse you for the financial losses you have incurred due to your injuries. 

For instance, if you are unable to attend work during the recovery period or for the foreseeable future, you may suffer a loss of earnings. Payslips can help to illustrate this monetary loss, for which you could be compensated under special damages.

Additionally, if you have been required to travel to your hospital appointments by paying for public transport, you could be reimbursed for these travel expenditures. Bank statements can show these losses. 

For more information about what compensation you could receive for your hotel radiator burn injury, please speak with our team. 

Claim For A Hotel Radiator Burn With Our Panel Of No Win No Fee Solicitors

When you are making your hotel radiator burn injury claim, you could utilise the services of a No Win No Fee solicitor. They can help you:

  • Gather evidence
  • Build your case
  • Value your claim
  • Present your case in full

They may offer you a type of No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement. If they do, it can mean if your claim is successful, your solicitor can take a success fee, which is a deduction from the compensation you are awarded. The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 places legal restrictions on the percentage that No Win No Fee solicitors can take.

On the other hand, if your claim is not a success, you will usually not be expected to pay for your solicitor’s services.

To learn more about these arrangements, please speak with our advisory team, who have access to our panel of experienced personal injury solicitors. They can assess the validity of your case and if it meets the eligibility requirements and has a chance of success, they could connect you with a solicitor to begin working your claim.

If you would like to receive further guidance on the process of making your hotel radiator burn injury claim, please don’t hesitate to reach out to an advisor.

Our team are available to answer your queries and provide further advice about the steps you could take after sustaining harm in an accident. Please use the following contact details to get in touch:

Learn More About Claiming For A Burn Injury

More of our guides relating to personal injury claims can be found below: 

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Thank you for reading our guide on when you could make a claim for a hotel radiator burn injury. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with an advisor using the details provided above.