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Laceration and Scarring Compensation Claims

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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 and scarring claims for people in the past.

A cut or laceration accident 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.

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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.

What Is A Laceration?

Lacerations are cuts/tears in 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 any infection 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 on your life. Deep lacerations result in serious scarring and again, the emotional stress this puts on you can negatively impact your outlook on life.

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 not 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 is calculated by factoring 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. Not only can they be extremely painful, they 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 passed 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 would 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 by doing so, it may result is 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.

A laceration can negatively impact muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves, it can cause minor to severe tissue damage. If not treated properly, 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 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, 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.

Common Body Scarring Compensation Claims

When it comes to compensation for scarring, 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 compensation for scarring, 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 personal injury claims of this type. 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 other person:

  • Proof 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 compensation claims of this nature.

Road traffic accident

If you were involved in a 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 may 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 area, 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 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

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 over 1 million employees/people were injured or suffered an illness in the workplace in 2013 and that over 140 fatalities were reported. 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.

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 your 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.

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

Laceration And Scarring Compensation Claims Calculator

The personal injury claims calculator below provides ballpark amounts awarded in successful laceration and scarring compensation claims 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
Visible Scars - severe£5,700 to £75,000Amount awarded depending on the severity of scarring which includes disfigurement
Scarring - minor£1,750 to £5,700Amount awarded on small slightly noticeable scars or one larger, slightly visible scar
Lacerations - minor£1,843 to £10,670Amount awarded depending on where the laceration occurred and how much is affects a person's ability to perform daily tasks
Lacerations - severe£25,300 to £81,000Amount awarded depending on where the laceration occurred and how much is affects a person's ability to perform daily tasks which includes amputation of a limb and facial scarring
Pain and suffering£1,100 to £220,000Amount awarded depends on the level and pain and suffering endured
Loss of benefits£5, 500 to £550,000Amount awarded depends on how long a person cannot work and in some instances the amount awarded is greater than the higher figure indicated
Loss of projected income£11,000 to
£440, 000
Amount awarded calculated on how long a person may be off work or if they can ever work again

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 of 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 laceration and scarring claims.

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

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.

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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:


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 personal injury at work claims:

Work accident claims guide

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