How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Permanent Scar Injury? JY January 2021 update
According to the charity Changing Faces, 1,345,000 people in the United Kingdom suffer from disfigurement of their face or body due to a permanent scar. Many of these disfigurements are scars. From surgery scars to car accidents to burns, the range of different scars that can affect the human body is huge. Often, these scars can cause damage in ways you might never have expected. As a result, you may wish to make a claim for compensation.
If you want to make a permanent scar injury claim, you should read this guide. If you need advice on how to begin your claim, guidance on how you should proceed or the different challenges that could arise from your claim, this guide will prove invaluable to you.
However, if you have further questions or want to further investigate your claim, please contact our company at 0800 073 8804 or by using the contact form or web messenger provided on our website.
Select a Section:
- A guide to permanent scar injury claims?
- What is a permanent scar injury?
- Claiming for permanent scar injuries caused by accidental injury and accidents at work.
- Claiming for permanent scar injuries caused by burns.
- Claiming for permanent scar injuries caused by medical negligence.
- Other common causes of permanent scar injuries.
- Claiming for a permanent scar injury at work.
- Claiming for a permanent scar injury in a public place.
- Assessing the severity of permanent scar injuries.
- The long-term effects of permanent scar injuries.
- What to do if you have suffered a permanent scar injury.
- What can be claimed for after a permanent scar injury.
- How much can I claim for a permanent scar injury.
- Case study.
- No win no fee permanent scar injury claims.
- How to start a permanent scar injury claim.
- Why choose us as your claims service for a permanent scar injury claim.
- Call for free advice and to start a claim.
This guide has been provided by our company in order to give you the information that you need before starting your permanent scar claim for compensation. This includes information such as the different issues that could arise from your claim, the process that you will need to take if you want to make your claim and the general information surrounding permanent scar injuries which could prove helpful during your claim. For example, if you are interested in face injury compensation due to your scars, this guide can introduce you to a number of key factors that you will need to consider.
After you have read all the information in this guide, you may want to make a permanent scar compensation claim. If so, you can call our company on 0800 073 8804 and we can provide further support and consultation to help you throughout the process.
Scars are a common injury which can occur to any person for any number of different reasons. They exist as a result of the body’s healing process; tissue damage resulting from an injury causes scar tissue to form in place of the original tissue. These can potentially be dangerous (especially if internal scars form on your vital organs) but most scars simply create emotional or mental stress and damage.
However, there are a number of different types of scars, which do vary in both aesthetic effect and damage to your body. These include:
- Flat pale scars – these tend to be small in the area of effect and lack any pronounced nature. They create little permanent damage to your body but often have a permanent aesthetic effect, which can impact on your emotional state or self-confidence.
- Keloid scars – these are much more pronounced than flat pale scars and often painful and raised from the skin. They can easily cause damage to your body if formed on a joint or sensitive area of your body and can be a cause of long-term pain problems.
- Scar contractures – these have a heavy aesthetic effect on the body. These scars are created through a contraction of the skin and can have a negative effect on your mobility and quality of life as well as pain problems.
While this guide covers the general information about scar injuries, please visit the official NHS information site if you are interested in more detailed information.
The most common cause of permanent scar injuries is an accidental injury. This includes accidents that are your own fault, such as accidentally cutting yourself with a kitchen knife; accidents which are the fault of your employer, such as an accident at work; or accidents which are the fault of the local council, such as a burn suffered at a public swimming pool. In the case of accidental injuries, making a claim may depend on proving that one party acted in a negligent manner.
Another cause of scarring are burn injuries. Burn scars can stem from being burned by contact with open flames, contact with a metal surface that has been heated to a high temperature or scalding by hot fluid or steam. Burn scars often cause contractures and can have a greater disfiguring effect. For this reason, burn scars could entitle the claimant to larger amounts of compensation.
If a burn injury was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Another common cause of permanent scar injuries is medical negligence. Scars typically develop as a result of any medical surgery but are not normally debilitating to your mental or physical health.
However, if your scar injury was caused as the result of clinical medical negligence then your doctor (or, more likely, the NHS) could be held responsible and thereby be liable to pay compensation. Clinical negligence typically occurs as the result of a surgeon making a mistake in surgery, a lack of informed consent from you regarding the procedure or if the particular risks of the procedure were not fully explained to you.
However, no list of causes of permanent scar injuries could ever be absolutely comprehensive. There are an almost infinite number of different causes, which can include (but is not limited to):
- Bites/scratches – can cause severe and permanent scar injuries to you, especially if the animal that bites/scratches you is a predator, such as a badger or a dog.
- Consensual body piercing/modification – can be easily caused, especially as a result of extreme body modification such as tattooing or the surgical altering of your body.
- Medical condition – can be extremely common (particularly as a result of a rash) and is often exacerbated by incorrect treatment.
A more comprehensive list of the causes of permanent scar injuries can be found on the NHS website if you would like to investigate further.
If you have suffered a permanent scar injury at work (such as a facial scar), your claim will have issues unique to this particular situation which you will need to consider before committing to your facial scar claim:
- You will have to make a work accident claim against your employer rather than a personal injury claim against an individual or group responsible for your scar injury. This means that personal responsibility will be removed from your claim and the compensation that you receive, as your facial injury compensation will be paid from Employer’s Liability Insurance rather than any individual’s personal finances.
- Your claim will depend on whether your employer has acted in a negligent manner in order to cause your accident and subsequent permanent scar injury. This means that being responsible for the accident is not enough to justify a claim against your employer; they must have acted negligently in their duty of care before legal responsibility can be assumed.
As such, there are aspects of your permanent scar injury claim unique to making a work accident claim that you need to consider before beginning the process, especially the fact that facial scar compensation amounts may be deducted from Employer’s Liability Insurance.
However, these aspects are made much easier to deal with through the support of a Claims Service, which can provide support to you in gathering evidence and other elements of the case.
As with claiming for a permanent scar injury at work, claiming for an injury in a public place has many unique issues that can have a major impact on the success of your claim.
The most prominent of these issues is responsibility. When in a public place, regardless of who owns it, the owner has a duty of care to all people who use said space. This remains the case whether the public place is a supermarket or a library. This means that accidents that happen in these places can often be found to be the responsibility of the owner, such as the local council or a business.
For example, if you suffered from a burn as a result of the temperature of a public swimming pool being overheated, that could be the responsibility of the local council due to their duty of care. If you wished to make a permanent scar injury claim for compensation, it would be made against the Council as a legal entity rather than any individual who may have been directly responsible for the accident.
However, making a personal injury claim for a permanent scar injury against such an entity or individual has no marked difference from making a general personal injury claim.
When you are considering your permanent scar injury claim – and especially if you are unsure about making your claim in the first place – one of the aspects that are likely to be most important to you is the amount of compensation that you could receive. The most important factor in this regard is the severity of the injury. Trying to determine facial scar settlement amounts and other scar-related injuries will likely depend on categorising the severity of the injury as one of the following:
- Minor severity – injuries with minimal effect on you and claims involving this severity typically affect the face. This includes minimal scarring (though still permanent) which does not impact on your movement but has an effect on your emotional well-being. Injuries of this severity may have a minimal amount of compensation for a scar on face awarded.
- Moderate severity – injuries with some significant effect on you. This includes moderate permanent scarring which may have minimal impact on your movement and a significant effect on your emotional well-being. Injuries of this severity have a moderate amount of compensation awarded.
- Severe severity – injuries with an extreme effect on you. This includes severe permanent scarring, particularly surrounding the face and other visible areas of the body, with a significant impact on your movements and an extremely negative effect on your emotional well-being. Injuries of this severity have the largest amount of compensation awarded.
It is still incredibly important to receive a medical assessment from a professional. These general guidelines cannot replace the evaluation of a medical professional. If you are unable to receive a medical assessment, we are happy to arrange a local medical assessment for you as part of the services we provide.
While many people consider scars to be distinctly minor injuries, the physical and mental long-term effects (particularly permanent scar injuries) can be significant. These long-term effects have a great impact on your claim and generally affect how much compensation you could receive:
- The long-term physical effects of permanent scars are varied and can be quite extreme, typically varying with type. Keloid scars can result in long-term pain problems, as can scar contractures, while both can result in movement problems as they can affect your joints.
- The long-term mental effects of permanent scars can also be quite varied. Particularly concerning scars on the face and other exposed areas of the body; you could develop issues surrounding your self-image, leading to social anxiety and isolation. These can cause significant psychological trauma, especially if the scar injury affects a child.
- Permanent scars can also have a long-term effect on your life separate to the direct physical or mental effects. In a professional sense(especially if you deal with people face-to-face), scars can result in a loss of employment. If your career depends largely on your aesthetic qualities (for example, when working as a model), scars could directly lead to a loss of future earnings.
The extent and severity of these effects can largely determine the amount of compensation that you could receive as a result of your permanent scar injury claim, particularly physical trauma that can be easily assessed. Emotional trauma is more difficult to quantify, leading to varied amounts of compensation being awarded, but professional effects tend to be more easily measured and therefore considered fully.
If you have suffered a permanent scar injury, you may be wondering exactly what you need to do. As scar injuries often occur alongside other injuries, you should initially focus on receiving a medical assessment of your injuries to ensure that you are in no immediate danger and, to an extent, assess the severity of the injury.
After this, you should begin gathering evidence in order to support any compensation claim you are likely to make in the future. This evidence can be organised into three main categories:
- Evidence in support of the accident – could include evidence such as witness statements or an official accident report. This evidence is intended to confirm that the accident you are claiming compensation for actually occurred and that it occurred in the way that you are claiming. For example, if you suffered a permanent scar injury as the result of medical negligence, the operative report that details the accident could be used in this regard.
- Evidence in support of negligence – could include many similar elements to the first category of evidence. This evidence is needed in order to confirm that an individual acted negligently in order to cause the accident. To return to the previous example, the operative report could detail how the scarring was caused by a surgeon making a serious mistake during the procedure.
- Evidence in support of severity – could include a general medical report or assessment made by a medical professional, specifically evaluating severity. This is needed in order to confirm the severity of your injury, as the amount of compensation you could receive largely depends upon this.
Gathering evidence can be a difficult part of any claim. This is why you need the support of a Claims Service to organise this evidence and complete further investigation if you are unable.
When people have suffered from a permanent scar injury, many individuals vastly underestimate the number of different costs and damages that they are legally entitled to claim. It is by no means limited to direct financial damages. Instead, a settlement claim can cover a vast array of different costs that could result from a permanent scar injury. These include:
- General damages – these damages are important for scar injury claims as they cover damages difficult to quantify – such as emotional damage and damage to professional reputation – that are particularly relevant to permanent scar injury claims.
- Special damages – includes damages such as loss of earnings or damage to property stemming from the injury. While this is less relevant to permanent scar injuries, the loss of earnings is particularly relevant to all compensation claims.
- Medical costs – includes costs such as private medical costs, particularly if plastic surgery is used to attempt to minimise the scar or foreign medical care if treatment is sought overseas.
Clearly, you can claim for many different costs and damages resulting from your permanent scar injury. Determining the exact damages in your claim can be made much easier with professional assistance.
As stated previously in this guide, one of the most important aspects of your permanent scar injury claim is the question of “how much is a scar worth in terms of compensation?” When determining how much compensation per stitch UK courts will award, the answer can be complicated.
While each case must be taken on its individual merits and can vary as the result of the type and severity of the injury, we can provide for you a general guideline of average compensation amounts:
|Very severe scarring||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Less severe scarring||£16,860 to £45,440|
|Significant scarring||£8,550 to £28,240|
|Less severe scarring||£3,710 to £12,900|
|Trivial scarring||£1,600 to £3,310|
As you can see, the amount of compensation you could receive typically varies depending on the type and severity of your injury. However, you should not take this as anything more than an estimation and, if you would like a more accurate number, you should contact our company for a free consultation session.
If you are still uncertain about your permanent scar compensation claim, you might benefit from this account of a comparable case to get a better understanding of what you may go through.
The claimant, in this case, suffered from a serious animal bite after being attacked by a dog whilst attempting to deliver the post. They suffered an abdominal abrasion and severe mental trauma, alongside long-term pain problems as the result of abdominal scarring.
With the help of a Claims Service, the claimant was able to successfully receive compensation for loss of earnings and emotional trauma suffered due to the injury.
You can take this as a potential indication of how scar compensation claims typically proceed but be advised that your claim needs to be considered on an individual basis and, as such, could vary from the particular situation described here.
Another aspect of your permanent scar injury claim of which you should be aware before making any decision is the potential legal fees that you could incur.
When using the services provided by a Claims Service, legal fees could be charged before the end of your claim and regardless of whether your claim is actually successful in receiving compensation. These fees can be extremely damaging to you, especially at a time when you may be dealing with the trauma associated with any kind of injury.
This is why, if you choose our company as your Claims Service, we will not charge you legal fees unless your claim successfully results in compensation being awarded to you.
Our ‘No Win No Fee’ policy (known in legal parlance as a Conditional Fee Agreement) ensures that we will not charge you any legal fees prior to the end of your claims process and, even then, only on the condition that your claim is successful. This highlights our care towards you as our client and our commitment to ensuring individuals receive the compensation that they deserve after an accident or injury.
However, you may still be wondering how exactly you should start your permanent scar injury claim. As previously mentioned, you will need to gather evidence to support the claim that you are making, regardless of who the claim may be against.
Once you have collected this evidence, you will need the assistance of a Claims Service in order to receive the help you need. You can contact our company through the contact form provided below or by calling us on 0800 073 8804. Then we will provide you with a free consultation regarding your claim and advise as to whether or not you should proceed.
In this consultation session, we will provide you with our honest assessment of your claim, including the chance we believe it to have of success and an estimation of the amount of compensation that you could receive.
If you choose us as your Claims Service, we can then provide further services to support your claim, such as arranging a medical assessment if you are unable to do so yourself and we can conduct further investigation into the situation of your claim if it is required. Once you agree to work with our team, we can handle most of the claim on your behalf.
If you are considering making a permanent scar injury claim, you should choose us as your Claims Service. Our company can provide you with the stability you need to properly deal with your claim, through the advice given by our team of legal experts in dealing with permanent scar injury claims.
Our years of experience perfectly place us in a position to assist you and ensure that you receive any and all compensation that you deserve for your permanent scar injury.
Our commitment to ethical and fair business practices is also highlighted through our ‘No Win No Fee’ policy, which ensures our treatment of your claim is fair whilst highlighting our care for the justice that you receive. If you would like to find out more, our free legal consultation is available at any time. Ring now to discover what we can do for you.
Contact us now by calling 0800 073 8804 or by filling out the contact form below. Whatever the circumstances of your permanent scar injury claim, getting advice from an expert Claims Service can only help you with your understanding of the process. Let us help you get the compensation that you deserve.
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