How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Facial Injury?
The term facial injury is an umbrella term for a variety of different kinds of accident and injury which can occur to the face. A face injury encompasses several different kinds of condition. These can range from bruising, through to fractured or broken bones and even nerve damage. Fractures of the area around and including the nose can also affect the victim’s breathing. Other common face injuries include various types of burns, dental damage and facial scarring as well as damage and injury to the eyes.
What Are The Main Causes Of Facial Injuries
According to the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, more than 500,000 people suffer some form of facial injury each year in the UK. One in three of these injuries to the face will necessitate hospital treatment or even more specialist care. Injuries to the face can be caused by circumstances such as criminal assaults, fires, and even workplace accidents.
Who is responsible for these injuries depends on the environment in which they happened. Burns to the face can be caused by things such as a fire or even toxic chemicals. If this occurs whilst you are at work, your employer is responsible. People also suffered facial injuries as a result of road traffic accidents. If you have been in a collision or hit by a car as a pedestrian, the driver’s insurance company are likely to be culpable for a compensation payout.
Facial injuries can also happen when people are physically assaulted. If this has happened to you, it is likely that you will be able to make a claim for compensation. If you were unable to identify the assailant, or if they are not found, you can lodge a claim against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. This assists people who suffer an injury as a consequence of a criminal act.
Slip Trip And Fall Facial Injuries
A facial injury can be sustained when someone has suffered a slip, trip or a fall. If this happens in a shop, cafe or other commercial environments the owner or manager will be responsible. In public places, it could be that the local authority is liable for your claim. This becomes more valid if the accident was the result of something such as a poorly maintained floor or uneven flooring.
Facial Injuries In the Workplace
All employers have a duty of care to their employees in the workplace. They are legally bound to protect staff against these types of injuries occurring. If an employer has failed to do this, the employer can be held liable for any staff who are injured as a result.
Employers are legally obliged to have public liability insurance. When you make a claim for a facial injury which has been sustained, this insurance is responsible for making the payout.
How Much Is A Facial Injury Claim Worth?
How much a facial injury compensation claim is worth will depend on the level of the injury sustained, as well as several other factors. Some accidents or injuries can result in different levels of pain and discomfort and they can make pre-existing conditions worse. Aside from pain and suffering, things such as travel expenses, loss of earnings and medical expenses can all be claimed for as part of a compensation claim.
The examples of facial injuries and settlement amounts listed below are taken from the Judicial Studies Board.
|Dermatitis||Moderate||£10,450 - £14,600||Dermatitis effecting both hands. Symptoms include cracking and soreness. Can affect employment and domestic capability. There may also be psychological consequences.|
|Dermatitis||Severe||£6,575 - £8,675||Dermatitis affecting one or both hands which settles with treatment. Gloves may be needed for some tasks.|
|Dermatitis||Mild||£1,300 - £3,000||Irritation and itching with rash on one or both hands.|
|Facial disfigurement||Very severe||£36,800 - £74,000||Very severe scarring in younger women. Cosmetic effects can cause a severe psychological reaction.|
|Facial disfigurement||Less severe||£23,000 - £36,800||Disfigurement scarring though there is still a psychological reaction.|
|Facial disfigurement||Moderate||£6,925 - £13,650||Significant scarring which is visible during conversation.|
|Damage to teeth||Mild||£830 - £1,300||Loss or damage to the back teeth. Value per tooth.|
|Fracture of jaws||Moderate||£4,900 - £6,650||Simple fractures which require immobilisation. Recover is possible.|
Whilst these amounts are not legally binding, courts will commonly follow them as a guideline and base their judgements from these.
A Guide To Making A No Win No Fee Facial Injury Claim
Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA’s) are commonly known as a ‘no win no fee’ agreement. These contracts are between a claimant and their solicitor. A no win no fee agreement means that you won’t have to make any upfront payments to your solicitor. Charges for what you will have to pay if you win your case will also be detailed in your agreement, meaning there are no nasty surprises. At Legal Expert, we have no to extra or hidden fees.
How To Make A Facial Injury Claim
In order to get the compensation that you deserve following a facial injury, whether at work or in another location, we can provide all the help and advice that you need. We are experienced and dedicated personal injury solicitors. To discuss your case with our expert legal team contact us today. To contact us, call 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, you can fill in our contact form or send us an email.
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