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Laceration and Scarring Compensation Claims

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By Fern Mitchell. Last Updated 7th April 2021. Welcome to our guide on laceration and scarring claims. Laceration injuries can leave nasty scars, and if a wound becomes infected, the scarring left behind can be that much worse. If you are one of the people who sustained a deep cut and wondered if you could be compensated, we have worked on many successful laceration compensation claims and scarring claims for people in the past.

A cut or laceration accident or injury can happen anywhere at any time, whether you are at work or slipped and fell in a public place that resulted in a nasty laceration injury. You could even suffer a laceration as a result of clinical negligence. At Legal Experts, one of our scarring claims solicitors can walk you through the process of filing for laceration compensation and/or scarring compensation.

To find out more, please click on the Select a Section below. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to someone about making a claim, then you can call us on 0800 073 8804 for more information.

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A Guide To Scarring And Laceration Compensation Claims

Cuts and lacerations can leave nasty scars, and they are the type of injury that you can sustain for a variety of reasons, whether you were involved in a car accident or were injured in the workplace. Minor lacerations can usually be treated at home, but more severe cuts must be taken seriously, and medical attention should be sought sooner rather than later to prevent infection. Should a deep laceration become infected, not only is it more painful, but it could lead to something a lot more serious, and infected wounds leave much nastier and more noticeable scars.

This guide offers valuable information on how to make a laceration compensation claim and the sort of information that is needed to file a scarring claim. It explains what is needed to establish third-party liability whether the accident occurred in a public place or in the workplace.

We provide an idea of how much you can claim for specific laceration and scarring injuries in our body scarring compensation claims calculator, which offers a ballpark figure based on amounts awarded in successful lacerations and scarring compensation claims in the past.

If you have suffered a laceration injury, whether in a public place or at work and are wondering if you would be entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering, at Legal Expert, we have worked on many successful laceration and scarring claims for clients in the past. As such, our team of legal experts would be able to offer advice on whether you do have a claim and who might be held responsible for the accident that resulted in you being injured through no fault of your own.

For more information on laceration compensation claims, please read on or get in touch with our team today for free legal advice.

What Is A Laceration?

Lacerations are cuts/tears in the skin, and they can be minor, or they can be much more serious with deep lacerations causing tremendous pain and damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles and even bones with lacerations to shins requiring particular medical attention and care.

Minor lacerations can be treated in a home environment. However, deep lacerations require medical attention sooner rather than later to prevent an infection from taking hold.

Deep lacerations are considered “severe” injuries which need immediate medical attention, which could include emergency surgery. The recovery time for a deeper laceration can last weeks and sometimes even months which can negatively impact your day-to-day life and could even prevent you from working. Should a very severe laceration result in amputation, your mobility might be seriously restricted and prevents you from carrying out normal activities you once took for granted.

Not being able to work due to your injury could put you under financial hardship, so not only are you emotionally affected, loss of income adds extra stress and anxiety to your life. Deep lacerations result in serious scarring, and again, the emotional stress this puts on you can negatively impact your outlook on life. All of these factors can be considered in laceration compensation claims.

At Legal Expert, our team of personal injury solicitors have years of experience working on behalf of clients on a No Win No Fee basis, so they receive the level of compensation they rightly deserve for laceration injuries they suffered through no fault of their own. If you have any questions or queries about laceration and scarring claims, we can help you understand the process in a simple, no-obligation phone call.

What Is Scarring?

Studies show that about 23 million adult people have some kind of scar, although most are not visible from a distance. The charity, Changing Faces bought out a study showing that around one million adults have visible scars either on their bodies or faces. Although a scar might not prevent you from working or living a normal day-to-day life, it can negatively impact you emotionally. As such, courts in the UK recognise that scarring can negatively impact a person’s life.

Another type of scar is known as a Keloid scar which is when it carries on growing so that the scar ends up getting bigger than the primary wound. They are apparent in about 10 to 15% of wounds that produce scarring and are commonly seen on the upper chest, head, shoulders and neck.

It is worth noting that the amounts awarded for scarring are calculated by factoring in the mental anguish it may cause you and that higher amounts are awarded for facial scarring and scars that have a serious psychological impact on your life. We can help you understand more about laceration and scarring claims.

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Scarring And Lacerations?

Deep lacerations can have a serious impact on your life, necessitating laceration compensation claims. Not only can they be extremely painful, but they also cause long-term damage. Tendons, muscles, ligaments and bones can be negatively impacted by a deep laceration, and it can result in severe scarring. If the scarring is on your face, it can affect your confidence, causing anxiety when you are around other people because they might not see past the scars. Facial scarring can lead to lasting emotional stress and could even affect your work causing financial hardship.

Having to live with scars can constantly bring back memories of a traumatic experience, whether it was a road traffic accident, medical negligence or some other type of accident. However, it is not just the physical damage that can negatively impact your day-to-day life because a severe scar might also cause physical pain. Other types of scarring may make it difficult to move normally because they restrict movement even when an injury has healed.

When lacerations become infected, the scarring can be more severe. Scarring left from burns can leave skin tight, making movement not only painful but difficult too. In very severe cases, amputation may be necessary, preventing you from ever working again.

Permanent scarring can cause psychological damage. If you feel you have suffered an injury through no fault of your own, we will establish whether you have a claim and who could be held responsible. We would help you understand how laceration and scarring claims work and the amount you could be awarded.

How Are Lacerations And Scars Treated?

If you have suffered a minor laceration, you would be able to treat the injury yourself at home. Should the laceration be severe, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If a deep laceration is not treated sooner rather than later through no fault of your own, the delay may lead to a serious infection that results in severe scarring. If this is the case, you may be entitled to claim compensation because you were not treated in a timely manner.

Basic treatment for deeper lacerations is for the wound to be thoroughly cleaned by a medical professional before stitching it up, although a doctor may use tissue glue or some adhesive tape. In very severe injuries, surgery may be needed. X-rays would be taken to establish if there’s any internal damage or broken or fractured bones.

Once treated, wounds must be kept dry and clean throughout the healing process. It is also important not to pick at any scabs during the healing process because doing so may result in a nastier and more visible scar.

It is virtually impossible to totally remove scarring, although there are specific treatments that help reduce how noticeable a scar might be. There’s a choice of over-the-counter creams as well as prescription gels and creams, which help minimise the appearance of scarring. You may need laser therapy or specific injections, which help reduce swelling associated with scarring. Should the severity of a scar restrict movement, the problem may need to be surgically resolved. The cost of these treatments can be included in laceration and scarring claims if not covered by the NHS.

How Severe Are Scars And Lacerations?

The severity of scars and lacerations depend on the seriousness of a primary injury or the wound itself. A smaller facial scar is more severe than a small scar on your arm. Scars are secondary “injuries” that result from initial damage to your skin. They occur as a result of an accident in the workplace, in a road traffic accident, a burn or scald, friction burns or contact dermatitis, bearing in mind there are other reasons why you may end up with a scar.

When it comes to lacerations, you may suffer this type of injury through blunt force trauma, a collision or if you fall on a sharp object like glass. As such, the level of severity varies more, especially when it comes to which part of your body was injured, which in turn can influence the value of laceration compensation claims.

A laceration can negatively impact muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves; it can cause minor to severe tissue damage. If not treated properly, an infection can set in, causing more damage. An extremely severe laceration may result in amputation, and even less severe lacerations may need skin grafts. Any sort of injury can cause psychological damage, and the more severe a laceration happens to be, the more you may be affected by your injury.

If you need help establishing whether you have a case for compensation, a personal injury solicitor with years of experience in negotiating successful laceration and scarring compensation claims for clients in the past can walk you through the process and answer any questions and queries about laceration and scarring claims you may have.

What Types Of Laceration Injuries Can You Claim Compensation For?

If you sustained some form of laceration, whether your injury was due to a fall, a collision, blunt trauma, a blow or you were injured by a sharp object like broken glass; you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Lacerations cause minor tissue damage and can result in scarring. Should a laceration become infected or has penetrated deeply into your flesh, the damage could be very severe and may include the following injuries:

  • Damage to muscles
  • Damage to nerves
  • Damage to ligaments
  • Damage to tendons
  • Broken or fractured bones

Should a laceration be extreme, you may require skin grafts or undergo surgery to resolve the issue. In some instances, a laceration could be so severe that the end result is amputation. Severe cases require a longer period of rehabilitation which leads to loss of earnings and more out of pocket expenses. On top of this, the psychological damage can be extremely traumatic, and this can influence the value of laceration and scarring claims.

Common Body Scarring Compensation Claims

When it comes to laceration compensation claims, there are certain criteria that come into play. Scars form as a result of a “primary injury”. Typical injuries that result in scarring, whether slight or more severe, are detailed below:

  • Laceration to an area of the body
  • Scalding or a burn injury
  • Contact dermatitis – repeated exposure to dangerous substances can result in this type of injury
  • Friction burns – this type of injury is often seen on elbows, knees, hands, arms following a trip and fall on an abrasive surface

It is worth noting that when it comes to laceration and scarring claims, a court would not include the primary injury responsible for scarring. As such, the amount awarded would depend on the severity of scarring and how it impacts your psyche and day-to-day life. A personal injury lawyer would take into account the primary cause in order to establish the liability of a third party.

Establishing Duty Of Care And Liability For Your Injuries

Establishing responsibility for an accident that results in scarring to your body, face or both depends on the circumstances surrounding the incident. It’s essential that all evidence is gathered in laceration and scarring claims. Should you decide to work on a No Win No Fee basis with one of our solicitors, we would gather the following information, all of which would prove liability and strengthen your claim against a defendant, whether it’s an employer, business owner or another person:

  • Proof that a defendant failed in their duty of care
  • The defendant was negligent
  • The defendant’s actions resulted in you suffering a primary injury which in turn caused scarring

In the Workplace

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, an employer/business owner has a duty of care to keep all employees safe in the workplace. Failing to adhere to H&S regulations could result in a court ruling they were negligent in their duty of care.

It is worth noting that the amount awarded would be paid by the defendant’s insurance company and not by the defendant themselves. By law, employers must ensure insurance policies are up to date to cover laceration compensation claims and other such personal injury claims.

Road traffic accident

If you were involved in an RTA and suffered lacerations, whether you were the driver or a passenger in a car, on a motorbike or on foot, you may be able to claim compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced. The Road Traffic Act, 1988 states that anyone using a public road has a duty to avoid hitting/injuring other road users where feasibly possible. If a driver or a pedestrian failed in their “duty”, a court might rule they were negligent and therefore responsible for your injuries.

Accidents in public places

Should you have been injured in a public place, whether in a shop, restaurant, pub, school, park, leisure centre or other public areas, you may be entitled to compensation because under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984, the person responsible in any particular place must ensure that everyone is kept safe.

Criminal Injuries and Assault Claims

If you have been the victim of a criminal injury and, as a result, have lacerations and scarring, we could give you free legal advice and also take on your claim if we believe you are eligible to make a criminal injury claim.

Clinical negligence

If you have undergone some form of medical procedure and have suffered a laceration, whether during surgery (including cosmetic surgery) or because a product was defective, the best way forward in this instance is to contact a personal injury solicitor with an end goal being to establish who would be held liable for your injuries and explain how laceration and scarring claims work.

To talk to a personal injury solicitor about your case, please contact us, and we will walk you through the process of establishing who would be held accountable for your laceration and scarring injuries and how to proceed with your compensation claim.

Facial Scarring Compensation Claims

Any sort of visible scarring can be hard to live with, but more especially so if the scars are on your face. Facial scarring compensation differs from the amounts that courts award for scarring on other parts of the body. The amounts are calculated to cover not only pain and suffering but also financial hardship suffered as a result. As such, a court may rule that you receive the following in your personal injury claim:

  • Loss of income
  • Loss of projected earnings should you not be able to find future employment
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Care costs

For more information on laceration compensation claims made against your employer, please read on to our next section.

Claiming Compensation For Lacerations And Scar Injuries At Work

If you have suffered a laceration injury at work, you could be entitled to lodge a claim against your employer, providing the injury you sustained was through no fault of your own. We make the process a lot easier because we have handled many successful personal injury claims for satisfied clients in the past. Our personal injury solicitors are experts in their field, having worked on many complex laceration and scarring claims on behalf of employees over the years.

There are specific steps you must take having suffered an injury in the workplace, which are detailed below:

  • We would need all your personal information, which includes full name, address, date of birth etc.
  • We would need as much information about your accident in the workplace, your injuries/illness.
  • We would need to know the circumstances surrounding the incident and/or how the work environment affected your overall health and well being.
  • We would need your employer’s details.
  • We would need to have any medical reports you received on being examined by a medical professional
  • We would need to know about any loss of earnings you incurred as a direct result of your injuries.
  • We would need to know the exact time and date the accident occurred
  • Lastly, we would need to know why you feel a third party/employer is responsible for your injuries/illness

Health and Safety Executive statistics show that In 2019/20, there were 693,000 injuries sustained at work, according to the Labour Force Survey. The graph below using information from RIDDOR shows that, after sprains, fractures and contusions, lacerations and open wounds were the most common injury sustained in workplaces in Great Britain. With this said, under UK law, all accidents and incidents involving employees and people visiting a workplace must be recorded in an Accident Report Book, and in most cases, the reports must be forwarded to RIDDOR, although there are exceptions to this rule.

laceration and scarring claims statistics graph

laceration and scarring claims statistics graph

If your injuries were sustained through the negligence of an employer or person who controls the workplace, a court could rule in your favour and award you the level of compensation you deserve for the pain and suffering you sustained through no fault of your own, bearing in mind that all employers have a duty of care to ensure that all employees whether permanent or temporary are kept safe in the workplace at all times.

If you’d like further information on what can be included in laceration compensation claims, please read on to find out more.

What Can My Laceration And Scarring Claim Include?

Having suffered either a laceration injury that left you scarred, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering. However, there are other things you can add to your claim, which are detailed below:

  • General damages
  • Travel expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of anticipated earnings
  • Care claim

For more information on the values that can be expected in laceration and scarring claims, please read on. 

Laceration And Scarring Compensation Claims Calculator (Updated April 2021)

The personal injury claims compensation calculator below provides ballpark amounts awarded in successful claims for lacerations and scarring in the past, bearing in mind that all personal injury claims are unique and the amounts awarded are dependant on the circumstances surrounding an injury and the injury itself.

Type of injuryAverage amounts awardedNotes
Facial scarring- very severe£27,940 to £91,350This level is awarded to very young claimants (teens to early 30s) where there's a severe psychological reaction and the cosmetic effect is very disfiguring.
Facial scarring- less severe £16,860 to £45,440Where the disfigurement is still substantial and where there is a significant psychological reaction.
Facial scarring- significant£8,550 to £28,240Where the worst effects have been or will be reduced by plastic surgery leaving some cosmetic disability.
Facial scarring- less significant £3,710 to £12,900In these cases there may be but one scar which can be camouflaged or, though there are a number of very small scars, the overall effect is to mar but not markedly to affect the appearance.
Facial scarring- trivial£1,600 to £3,310In these cases the effect is minor only.
Scarring £7,350 to £21,330Can include injuries such as a number of noticeable laceration scars, or a single disfiguring scar, of leg(s) or arm(s) or hand(s) or back or chest.
Scarring In the region of £8,110In cases where an exploratory laparotomy has been performed but no significant internal injury has been found, the award reflects the operation and the inevitable scar.
Scarring £2,220 to £7,350A single noticeable scar, or several superficial scars, of leg(s) or arm(s) or hand(s), with some minor cosmetic deficit.
Burn scars Likely to exceed £98,380The effects of burns will normally be regarded as more serious since they tend to cause a greater degree of pain and may lead to continuing physical and psychological injury.
Psychiatric Damage- Severe £51,460 to £108,620In these cases the injured person will have marked problems with respect to their ability to cope with life, education and work and with relationships with family and friends.
Psychiatric Damage- Moderately severe
£17,900 to £51,460

In these cases the injured person will have significant problems with respect to their ability to cope with life, education and work and with relationships with family and friends, but the prognosis will be more optimistic than above.
Psychiatric Damage- Moderate £5,500 to £17,900In these cases the injured person will have had some problems with respect to their ability to cope with life, education and work and with relationships with family and friends, but the prognosis will be good and there will have been a marked improvement.

No Win No Fee Laceration And Scarring Claims

Filing No win no fee laceration and scarring claims could not be easier. Starting with our free, initial, no-obligation consultation, the process becomes far less challenging. Seeking legal advice when you need it most, can be an expensive affair that puts a lot of victims and injured people off making a claim for something they rightly deserve, namely compensation for damages they sustained through no fault of their own.

At Legal Expert, we are prepared to take the risk of acting on your behalf without the need for any upfront fees for a personal injury solicitor to begin work on your case. Payment would only become due once a court rules in your favour by awarding the level of compensation you sought for your pain, suffering and out of pocket expenses. Should your claim be unsuccessful, there would be nothing to pay at all.

Signing a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) allows the work on your case to commence immediately, which ensures you don’t fall foul of any time limits which might be attached to your claim.

Contact us today for more in-depth explanations and advice on how to go about filing laceration compensation claims.

How We Can Help You Make A Claim?

We make sure we are always ready to take a call from clients who need legal advice on a personal injury claim and keep our lines open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365 days a year. This ensures you can always get hold of a legal expert when you need guidance and advice when it comes to laceration and scarring claims. We are authorised and regulated by the solicitors regulation authority, meaning that you can be confident that your claim is in safe hands. 

At Legal Expert, we offer all our clients an initial, free, no-obligation consultation, which allows one of our personal injury solicitors the opportunity to assess your claim. Once your case has been thoroughly assessed, we would process your compensation claim once you sign to work with a personal injury solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis. We would also ensure a personal injury claims time limit is respected.

To find out how we can act on your behalf on a No Win No Fee basis, please contact one of our personal injury lawyers today.

Why Contact Us Today

Please call us directly on 0800 073 8804 or request a “call back” by filling out the form. A personal injury solicitor is waiting to speak to you about your injuries and claim.

Email us at info@legalexpert.co.uk – we do our best to respond to all emails within 3 hours, Mon-Fri.

Claims lines at Legal Expert are open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year to ensure a quick response to all your questions and queries about a personal injury claim.

Useful Links

This link takes you to the NHS website, where you will find a lot of useful information about laceration injuries.

NHS website

The link below takes you to the Health and Safety website, where you will find information regarding reported injuries to RIDDOR:

RIDDOR

The link below provides valuable information on how to make a personal injury claim:

Legal Expert guide to personal injury claims

The link below provides essential information about a personal injury at work claim:

Accidents at work claims guide

Laceration and scarring claims- FAQs

How much does it cost if I make a permanent scar compensation claim?

This depends. You can choose to make a claim without a solicitors help, in which case claiming won’t cost you at all, but you’ll be lacking the guidance and knowledge that a specialist solicitor can provide. You can pay an hourly fee for a solicitor’s representation, but this can become expensive. Our No Win No Fee agreement means that you don’t pay us a penny until you receive your compensation.

How much can I claim for a scar?

The amount of compensation you’ll receive for a scar will depend on a number of factors, including where the scar is, how it affects your quality of life and if there is any residual pain or discomfort in the area.

Can you sue a dermatologist for scars?

Yes. If your dermatologist has acted negligently and you’ve been scarred as a result, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

How do I know who’s responsible for my laceration or scar injury?

If you’ve been injured somewhere that someone else has a duty of care to you- for example, at work, in a shop or while driving on the road- then you may be able to claim if your injury was the result of third party negligence.

How much does my solicitor get from my settlement?

When you claim through a Conditional Fee Agreement, the maximum amount that your solicitor can take from your compensation to cover their fees is 25%.

How are personal injury settlements calculated?

When calculating your personal injuries compensation, the effect that your scarring has had on your quality of life will be looked at, as well as any expenses you’ve incurred in the form of medical treatment, time off work or travel expenses to and from any hospital appointments.

How do I maximize my personal injury settlement?

The best way to get the maximum compensation you’re entitled to is to keep as much evidence as possible of the incident that occured in the form of photographs and collecting witness statements. You should also keep a record of anything you spend as a result of your injuries so that these can be included in your special damages.

Could I get sacked if I make a claim against my employer?

No. One of your rights after being injured at work is the right to seek compensation for your injuries. If you’re sacked because you choose to claim, this could be classed as unfair dismissal.

Thank you for reading our guide on laceration and scarring claims.

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