Apprentice burned while welding suffers permanent scarring


An apprentice who suffered burns and permanent scarring after an incident in February 2020 while he was welding has secured a settlement with support from serious injury specialists at Sintons.

The claimant was welding, initially under supervision, but then left unattended when combustible materials from the weld caused his overalls to catch fire.

The man suffered serious physical injury through burns to his left lower leg, which have caused permanent scarring and required a skin graft.  He experienced severe pain, causing him difficulty in standing and reliance on crutches for several weeks after the incident.

His scarring remains prominent, and could not be improved by laser treatment, and he continues to experience permanent tingling and stabbing pain sensations in his leg.

He also experienced psychological injury and has experienced an adjustment disorder, with anxiety and depressed mood, poor sleep, nightmares, flashbacks and loss of confidence. He remains very anxious about the possibility of undertaking welding duties at work and has been unable to do so since the accident.

The claimant turned to law firm Sintons, a leading name nationally in personal injury work, for support in securing a settlement. Senior Associate David Knipe handled his claim.

Sintons ere able to arrange psychological support, and in addition to his medical treatment, secured a five-figure settlement to help him move forward with his life.

The claimant praised the work of Sintons, and particularly of David, who he hailed as “brilliant”.

“I am unable to fault him and I was pleased to have had him as my lawyer throughout my claim. Everything was explained thoroughly and dealt with swiftly,” he said.

“I would not hesitate to recommend David Knipe and Sintons.”

David Knipe said: “This was a hugely distressing incident for our client, who was going about his apprenticeship and learning skills vital to his future career when this awful incident occurred.  He has been left with permanent scarring and experienced great trauma.

“We are very pleased to have been able to support him in securing access to the therapy and support he needed, and in securing a settlement which will enable him to look to the future.

“At Sintons, we are committed to being by our clients’ sides every step of the way, fighting hard on their behalf to get the best possible outcome for them and their circumstances. We are delighted to have secured a positive conclusion to this case for our client, and his very kind feedback is testament to the service and commitment we provide in each and every matter.”


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