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To be the victim of an acid attack must be absolutely horrifying. The physical pain and suffering experienced will have an enormous impact on the victim’s life. Also, any permanent scar injury will be a constant visual reminder of the reality of what happened, causing a great amount of mental distress.

Anyone who has been injured in an acid attack, may be able to file civil proceedings claiming negligence if the attack occurred somewhere where measures should have been taken to prevent violent crime from occurring such as pubs, clubs, concerts etc.

A victim of an acid attack could also lodge a claim with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government organisation that throughout the UK, provides victims of a criminal act, who are blameless, a compensation amount dependant on the severity of their injuries and if any future losses will be incurred as a result. Please read on for further information.

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A guide to claiming compensation for acid attack victims

If you or someone you know have been a victim of an acid attack, you should be able to claim compensation. An acid attack leaves the victims with physical and also mental trauma that can take an awful long time to begin to recover from and can effect their lives in all areas. Financially the victim could be crippled due to ongoing medical and treatment costs, loss of income and loss of any future earnings as well as other costs resulting from the acid attack, and so acid attack compensation would help to at least alleviate the stress and anguish that, that part of their life is causing them, allowing them to concentrate on their recovery.

Our personal injury solicitors have years of experience and can help you to launch an acid attack compensation claim.

What is an acid attack victim?

An acid attack victim is the person on the receiving end of a form of violent assault where a corrosive liquid, such as Sulphuric Acid, is purposefully thrown over them, with the intent to cause them harm and inflict long term injuries. In most cases, the acid is thrown at the victim’s face with the intention to burn them leaving them with permanent scarring and disfigurement. Depending on the type of acid used and the quantity, the skin tissue can be so damaged that the bones often get exposed and even sometimes start to dissolve.

These types of attacks can lead to blindness, and permanent scarring and disfigurement that cause extreme pain and suffering to the victim. The psychological effect can be catastrophic and the long term impact on the victim’s life will be very detrimental on their overall health and well-being.

What to do if you are a victim of an acid attack (NHS Advice)

Acid attacks are increasingly becoming a more common way of violently assaulting someone. In fact, cases in London had risen by about 80% in 2016 according to the metropolitan Police.

Due to the increase in this trend, the NHS have issued new first aid guidance as to what to do in the event of you or someone else becoming a victim of an acid attack.

1) Report the attack by calling 999.
2) Remove all contaminated clothing carefully.
3) Rinse the skin immediately in clean running water.

Why are acid attacks on the rise?

Corrosive substances are easy to obtain and do not show up on metal detectors. It is not currently illegal to be in possession of a corrosive substance like it is to be found in possession of a knife or gun for instance. A large number of these attacks are feared to be related to gangs which could explain the sharp rise in cases in the smaller areas of bigger cities.

Since possession of a corrosive liquid is difficult to Police and causes a long lasting impact on their victim’s lives, Criminologists believe that it is being chosen as the weapon of choice by gang members.

According to a doctor from Middlesex University acid was once a weapon of last resort among gangs but it might now be top of the list. Acid is used by gangs should a “business deal” go bad or if they are owed money.

A big problem is that people can have a legitimate explanation for carrying acid. It’s not against the law to have a bottle of bleach on you and it can be bought in many shops around the country and it makes it difficult for the police to prove any illegal motive.

Also if you use a knife in attack you might be charged with attempted murder, but by using acid you might only be charged with GBH.

The law needs to be changed somehow to make corrosive liquids less readily available, and to allow the Police to make arrests in certain cases when finding someone in possession of it. The criminal justice system should also be altered so that punishments are more severe for those responsible for carrying out an acid attack. Buying and selling of any corrosive substance should be restricted and any purchases recorded. Until such measures are put into place, unfortunately the likelihood is, that acid attacks will continue to rise.

Acid attacks taking place in the UK

2017 has seen a worrying rise in the amount of acid attacks within the UK, particularly in London where more than half of the acid attacks have taken place. Scotland Yard has been focusing on certain parts of the city in order to crack down on the perpetrators, but the number of attack’s have more than doubled from less than 200 in 2014 to 431 in 2016.

Acid attack victim

Acid attack victim

Other areas in the UK such as the West Midlands and Essex, have also seen a steep rise in recent attacks, going from 340 in 2014 to as high as 843.

The home Secretary and the Police, have both agreed to increase the stop and search numbers with the hope of foiling potential acid attacks.

The London Police have now been given 1000 acid crime response kits so that they can help victims as soon as possible. They are also going to receive protective clothing and extra medical advice so that they can be as prepared as they can be if confronted with an acid attack incident.
It has been hinted that tougher sentencing guidelines need to be introduced with the hope that it might deter people from carrying out such a violent assault.

Shopkeepers have been told to stop selling liquids such as bleach to children in a bid to stop these awful attacks. Most of the attacks in the UK are random and are often gang related or connected to robberies. Worryingly, the majority of perpetrators appear to be teenagers.

How do you treat acid burns?

If you or someone else is the victim of an acid attack, it is vital to keep dousing the affected area with as much clean running water as possible.

The running water will help to dilute the acid and therefore using fresher new, clean water as quickly as you can is extremely important.

  • Immediately , the affected area of the body needs to be rinsed with fresh, clean water or a saline solution (salt water), but always be certain that the source of either of these is uncontaminated.
  • The affected body part should continuously be washed with cool and clean water at least until the pain decreases. This can take as long as 45 minutes.
  • Any clothes or jewellery that has been touched by the acid, should be removed immediately.
  • Don’t put any cream of any sort onto the burn as this can affect your Doctor’s prescribed treatment.
  • To help prevent the wound from becoming contaminated, if you can, loosely wrap sterilised gauze around the burn.
  • After receiving treatment in hospital, patients should adhere to a strict after-care routine which will include changing the dressings regularly.
  • Physiotherapy may be prescribed to victims who’s nervous system has been damaged by the acid burn.
  • Skin grafts may also be offered to help lessen the cosmetic signs and symptoms of the acid attack.
  • Due to the psychological trauma caused by the acid assault, counselling will be advised.

How can an acid attack be life changing?

Being the victim of an acid attack will have a massive impact on your life. The most obvious change is permanent disfigurement but there is a lot more to it than just what is visual.

Medical effects of an acid attack:-

The medical effects of an acid attack can be enormous. In most acid attack cases, the acid is thrown at the victim’s face and the severity of the damage caused will depend on the strength of the acid, type of acid and the length of time it takes to start to flush with running water. The acid can very quickly burn away the skin and layer of fat and in some cases even starts dissolving the underlying bone. Nose and ears may be severely damaged and eyelids and lips may be completely destroyed. Other effects can be as follows:

  • The skull may be partly destroyed or deformed and hair will be lost.
  • Eyelids may be either completely burned away or deformed, leaving the eyes vulnerable and extremely dry which can result in blindness. If the acid has got onto the eye directly, loss of sight is probable, possibly in both eyes.
  • Deafness may occur due to the ear cartilage being partly or totally destroyed or deformed.
  • The nose can become deformed, or / and shrunken, and also due to damage to the cartilage in the nose, the nostrils may completely close off.
  • The mouth may lose its full range of motion and may become shrunken and narrow. Often the lips are completely destroyed making speech difficult and also exposing the teeth.
  • Scars can go down from the chin to the neck area causing restricted movement of the neck.
  • Respiratory problems may arise due to breathing in the vapours of the acid.

As well as these horrific effects, the victims may also be more susceptible to developing septicaemia, renal failure, skin depigmentation and in exceptionally severe cases, even death.

Psychological effects of an acid attack:-

Victims of acid attacks face many mental health issues upon recovery. Levels of anxiety and depression increase a great deal as does psychological distress bought on by concern about their appearance. Low self- esteem, particularly in women, and self-consciousness become an issue.

Being attacked undoubtedly will leave the victims traumatised by what happened and many may suffer with post -traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It may take years of counselling before victims can finally recover mentally, if at all.

As well as the physical and psychological effects, there are also many social implications that are common for acid attack victims, especially women. For example, violent attacks such as these often leave the victim handicapped in some way meaning they often have to depend on others to help them with their day to day activities such as eating and running errands. Often these dependencies occur due to many victims not being able to find suitable work due to the injuries they have sustained, such as impaired vision or hearing, this can then have a huge negative impact on their economic viability.

So, as can be seen, an acid attack can most certainly impact every area of the victim’s life and so be totally life changing.

Below is a link to a documentary about some acid attack survivors and how their lives have been affected.

How to begin an acid attack burn injury claim

If you need to make an acid burn compensation claim but don’t know where to begin, don’t worry, all you need to do is call us and we will help you every step of the way to launch your claim and make sure it is a success.

When you call us, you will speak to a member of our professional team who will provide you with a free consultation session. This will give you the chance to ask as many questions as you need regarding making your claim, and it gives us the opportunity to get some information from you too so that we can better understand your situation and advise you in the best way we can. We can also arrange for you to have a local medical if required at no cost to you.

Then with your agreement, we will start your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. What this means is that you will only be charged legal fees if your case is a success, and so you have no need to worry about any surprise legal bills! Please read further on in our guide to find out more about No Win No Fee.

What can be claimed for after an accident causing an eye injury?

If you have suffered an eye injury as a result of an acid attack, there are a few things that you can include in your eye injury claim such as:

  • General Damages – This relates to the amount of compensation you will receive for your injuries, and the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Care Claim – This refers to money you can claim if you have required assistance around the home whilst you recover. Also, the person who has cared for you will be able to make a claim.
  • Travel Expenses – These include any expenses going to and from hospital, and also any vehicle adaptions you may have required or any alternative travelling arrangements you may have needed to make.
  • Loss of Earnings – You are able to claim for any income that you have lost as a direct result of your injury sustained from an acid attack, as well as loss of any future income.
    Medical Expenses – This will cover costs such as prescription fees, counselling fees, cost of treatment.

There are many types of Eye injury claims as obviously, the eye can be damaged in numerous way. But regardless of how the eye has got injured, in this case from an acid attack, all of the above are still relevant and important to state when making your eye injury claim.

Acid attack victim compensation scheme

How much compensation can I claim for an acid attack?

The amount of acid attack compensation you may get will greatly depend upon the circumstances of the attack and the severity of the injuries sustained. Every case will be unique as there are many variables and so no-one can promise you a particular figure of compensation. However, to give you an idea of what you may possibly be entitled to, we have put together a table of average compensation payout amounts for various injuries. Don’t worry if your injury isn’t listed, you are welcome to call us and we will do our best to help.

Reason for CompensationTypical Compensation AmountComments
Pain and suffering£1,000 - £200,000The amount a person receives depends upon the level of pain and suffering they have experienced.
Mental anguish£3,550For fear of death and expectation of loss of life.
Minor post -traumatic stress disorder£3,000 - £6,000In cases where the acid attack has resulted in PTSD and will affect the claimant’s ability to function in the short term.
Moderate post- traumatic stress disorder£17,000 - £19,000In cases where the acid attack has resulted in PTSD and will affect the claimant’s ability to function in the medium term.
Severe post- traumatic stress disorder£45,000 - £50,000In cases where the acid attack has resulted in PTSD and will affect the claimant’s ability to function in the long term.
Severe psychological damage£41,675 - 88,000The claiment will have extreme problems with their ability to cope with work, family and friend’s relations and everyday life. Treatment will be a long and slow process and the prognosis for complete recovery is poor.
Moderately severe psychological damage£14,500 - £41,675As with the above but with a slightly more positive prognosis.
Moderate psychological damage£4,450 - £14,500The claiment will still have problems with future vulnerability and their ability to cope, however prognosis will be good and there will be a marked improvement before the first trial.
Less severe psychological damage£1,170 - £4,450The length of the period of disability will be considered when determining the amount of compensation awarded, as well as the extent to which sleep and daily activities were affected.
Trivial Facial Scarring (Female)£1,300 - £2,675Minor scarring that is only visible close-up.
Less Significant Facial Scarring (Female)£3,000 - £10,450Permanent scarring but only visible on close inspection.
Significant Facial Scarring (Female)£13,650 - £22,875Permanent scarring that is visible when talking to someone face to face.
Less Severe Facial Scarring (Female)£23,000 - £36,800Permanent scarring that would be visible to someone across a room.
Very Severe Facial Scarring (Female)£36,800 - £74,000Permanent scarring that is visible from a long distance.
Trivial Facial Scarring (Male)£1,300 - £2,675Minor scarring that is only visible close-up.
Less Significant Facial Scarring (Male)£3,000 - £6,925Permanent scarring but only visible on close inspection.
Significant Facial Scarring (Male)£6,925 - £13,650Permanent scarring that is visible when talking to someone face to face.
Less Severe Facial Scarring (Male)£13,650 - £22,870Permanent scarring that would be visible to someone across a room.
Very Severe Facial Scarring (Male)£22,625 - £50,000Permanent scarring that is visible from a long distance.
Minor Body Scarring (both sexes)£1,800 - £5,950Minor scarring that is only visible close-up.
Moderate Body Scarring (both sexes)Somewhere around £6,575Permanent scarring that will on be visible on close inspection or when talking to someone face to face.
Severe Body Scarring (both sexes)£5,950 - £17,275Permanent scarring that would be visible from a longer distance.
Loss of earnings£10,000 - £400,000Earnings already lost will be taking into account as well as potential future earnings. There is the potential for a higher payout than the maximum based on the future.

No Win No Fee acid attack claims

We work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you will not be expected to pay a penny until your claim is made successful and your compensation will then easily cover the cost. In the unlikely event that your claim was unsuccessful, you would not need to pay us anything at all.

Claiming for acid burn compensation can be a long, drawn out process as there are so many individual elements to the case and if you were to choose to work with a solicitor who is paid by the hour, you could find yourself with some large legal fees without any guarantee of compensation being paid. With No Win No Fee you have nothing to lose. As our payment relies on your compensation claim being successful, we always work hard to ensure the maximum amount of compensation is paid out to you.

Why choose us as your claims service for an acid attack claim?

We are a professional, friendly and highly experienced injury claims firm that treat all of our customers with respect and importance. We do our best to get the best compensation payouts that our clients deserve in the most efficient and smoothest manner possible.

We understand that you are having a tough time and will treat you with care and consideration and be discrete at all times. We will try our best to make the claiming process as painless as possible so that you don’t have any unnecessary stress and so can concentrate on your recovery.

We have been in the industry for many years and have had thousands of extremely successful compensation claims with maximum payouts, and with our expert solicitors help and guidance, your claim will be a success too. We are honest and reliable and always put our clients first. Our reputation speaks for itself.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you are a victim of an acid attack and you want to make a claim or have any questions, all you need to do is call us on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to a member of our professional team who will assist you in any way that they can. They will answer any questions you may have and will talk you through the claiming process step by step. We are a friendly, caring team and will be empathetic to your situation. You can feel at ease with us and rest assure that your recovery and compensation claim will be our main priority.

Useful Links

NHS Advice on Treating Acid Burns

This link takes you to the NHS website that talks you through what you should do in the event of an acid attack step by step.

NHS Advice on Eye Injuries

This link takes you to another NHS page that gives guidance on what to do if something gets in your eye.

Scar Injury Compensation Guide

This link takes you to another of our own guides regarding permanent scar injury (x2) which may be useful to read so that you are more knowledgeable when making your claim.

Facial Injury Claims Guide

Again, this link will send you to another of our guides regarding making facial scar compensation claims which may have extra information for you to consider before starting your claim.

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