Claiming Compensation For A Permanent Scar

Claiming Compensation For A Permanent Scar

Claiming Compensation For A Permanent Scar

Welcome to our guide about how to claim compensation for a permanent scar. If you’ve sustained an injury that led to a permanent scar, and the accident was caused by negligence on the part of a party who owed you a duty of care, you may be able to seek compensation.

This guide contains information about what constitutes a permanent scar, different types of scarring that could occur, and how a laceration or burn could lead to disfigurement. We’ll also examine the concept of duty of care and explain who may have owed it to you.

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  1. What Is A Permanent Scar?
  2. Accidents Which Could Cause Permanent Scar Injuries
  3. What Should I Do If I Suffer A Laceration?
  4. How To Claim Compensation For A Permanent Scar
  5. Calculating Compensation For A Permanent Scar
  6. Claim Compensation For A Permanent Scar With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

What Is A Permanent Scar?

Permanent scarring can be the result of injuries and may form when damaged tissue heals. They can occur anywhere on your body and can result from a wide range of injuries. It is possible to claim personal injury compensation not only for the scar but also for the psychological impact it may have on your well-being.

To make personal injury claims, you must be able to show negligence took place. To do this, three factors are true:

  1. A party owed you a duty of care. This could be an employer or the ‘occupier’ of a space.
  2. That party breached the duty of care they owed you.
  3. As a result of this breach, you sustained harm in the form of a physical or mental injury.

The party who may owe you a duty of care is determined by certain pieces of legislation. For example, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 determines that the person in control of a public space, called the ‘occupier’, owes a duty of care to visitors who use that space for its intended purpose. Similarly, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that employers owe a duty of care to their employees and others in the workplace.

If you have evidence to show that your scarring is a result of negligence, get in touch with our advisers. They can assess your case and tell you if you have a valid personal injury claim.

What Are The Different Types Of Scars Called?

The medical field classifies scarring by its appearance. Different types of scars include:

  • Fine line scar
  • Keloid scar
  • Hypertrophic scar
  • Pitted scar
  • Contracture scar

It could be possible to seek scar settlements for any type of scar, as long as you are able to show it was caused by the negligence of a party who owed you a duty of care. Contact our advisers today if you’d like to learn more about claiming compensation for a permanent scar.

Accidents Which Could Cause Permanent Scar Injuries

Many injuries can lead to permanent scarring, including:

Scars occur as a part of the body’s natural healing process. If your epidermis experiences trauma, a permanent scar may result. But what type of accidents can cause injuries that could lead to scarring:

If you can show that your accident happened due to a breach in the duty of care owed to you and, as a result, you were harmed, i.e. you were left scarred, then you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.

What Should I Do If I Suffer A Laceration Or Burn?

If you suffer a laceration or burn, you should seek medical care. A doctor or nurse will be able to treat your injuries and offer scar information, which may vary depending on the severity of your injuries. Additionally, the medical report generated by this visit will provide useful evidence when trying to claim compensation for a permanent scar.

Lacerations

The treatment for lacerations and incised wounds will vary depending on where the injury is located, how deeply you were cut, and how large the cut is. You may receive sutures or clips to aid with healing.

Burns

Again, the type of treatment you receive will depend on how severe your injuries are. Burns can be all shapes and sizes, such as:

  • Burns can affect all parts of the body, such as the face, neck, hands, feet, joints, or genital area
  • Electrical or chemical burns
  • Burns can cause charred or white skin

If you’d like to know more about making a personal injury claim to get compensation for a permanent scar, contact our advisers.

How To Claim Compensation For A Permanent Scar

To make any personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that another party was liable for what happened to you. So it is vital to gather evidence as soon as you are well enough to do so. Evidence that can be really useful includes:

  • Medical records
  • CCTV footage, if possible
  • A copy of the accident logbook
  • Witness contact details so an appropriate person can take a statement if necessary.
  • Photos of the accident scene and images of the scar

There are also time limits, that you will need to adhere to when initiating a personal injury claim. You usually have 3 years from the date of the injury or knowledge of negligence. There are exceptions, such as for injured children or those who lack mental capacity.  For more details about time limits when claiming compensation for a permanent scar, get in touch with our advisers today.

Calculating Compensation For A Permanent Scar

Below we have designed a table with compensation brackets taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is a document often used by those who calculate general damages. General damages is just one head of a claim that you can receive compensation for. These damages look to put a quantifiable value on the harm you have suffered and the effect it is having on your daily life.

Scarring JCG Figures Comments
Facial Disfigurement (a) £29,780 to £97,330 Very severe scarring in relatively young claimants.
Facial Disfigurement (b) £17,960 to £48,420 Substantial disfigurement and psychological reaction.
Facial Disfigurement (c) £9,110 to £30,090 Cases in which the worst effects may be reduced by plastic surgery and psychological reaction is not great or has diminished.
Facial Disfigurement (d) £3,950 to £13,740 Less significant scarring, where the scar or scars do not markedly affect overall appearance.
Facial Disfigurement (e) £1,710 to £3,530 Trivial scarring with an overall minor effect.
Injuries Affecting the Senses (e) £49,270 to £54,830 Complete loss of sight in one eye, involving scarring near the affected eye.
Scarring to Other Parts of Body £7,830 to £22,730 More than one laceration scar or disfiguring scar to the leg(s), hand(s), arm(s), back or chest.
Scarring to Other Parts of Body In the region of £8,640 Awards for surgical scars in which exploratory laparotomy took place but no significant internal injury was found.
Scarring to Other Parts of Body £2,370 to £7,830 Single noticeable scar or several superficial scars to leg(s), arm(s) or hand(s).
Scarring to Other Parts of Body Likely to exceed £104,830 Significant burn injuries that cover more than 40% of the body.

The figures shown above are intended as guidelines only. Your actual settlement amount could differ.

Another head of claim that is possible if you qualify for general damages is special damages. Below we look at what these could mean for you.

Special damages may be awarded in addition to general damages. Some of the costs they may help you recoup are:

  • Lost past and future wages
  • Travel expenses, such as getting to and from solicitor meetings
  • Property damage that occurred during the accident

Call our advisors today. They are available around the clock to provide you with the advice you are looking for. They may even assess your claim and estimate what you could receive in a successful claim.

Claim Compensation For A Permanent Scar With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

All the solicitors on our panel work to a No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). When you call and speak with a claims team member, they will assess your case. Should they confirm that you have solid grounds for a personal injury claim, they may ask you if you would like to be connected with a personal injury solicitor to get your claim started.

You may be asked to sign a CFA which states how and when your solicitor would receive a success fee. There are generally no upfront solicitor fees, and if the claim fails no success fee to pay. If the case is successful, a legally capped success fee is taken from your settlement by the solicitor.

To find out more about claiming compensation for a permanent scar, get in touch today. Our advisers can listen to your circumstances and offer advice about how to proceed. To contact us:

Related Laceration And Burn Injury Claims

Take a look at our other guides:

£180,000 Compensation Payout For A Scarred Face

£56,000 Compensation Payout For Less Severe Facial Scarring With PTSD Claim

I Was Injured In A Workplace Accident. Can I Claim Compensation?

Third-party resources with relevant information:

Changing Faces – An organisation dedicated to helping those with a facial scar or visible difference

Report a Road Traffic Incident – Resource explaining how and when to report a road traffic accident

For more answers to questions about claiming compensation for a permanent scar, get in touch with our advisers today.