How Much Compensation Do You Get Per Stitch?
By Stephen Bishop. Last Updated 19th May 2022. If you’re asking ‘how much compensation can I claim per stitch in the UK?’, the likelihood is you have an injury that requires stitches. But is this the right question to ask to get an idea of how much your injury could be worth?
If you sustain a laceration injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be considering claiming compensation. But, like some claimants, you may wish to get an idea of how much compensation you could receive before you go ahead. This is understandable, and this is why we have put together this guide.
In this guide, we show in what situations you might need stitches, and how they could cause a temporary or even a permanent scar. We then answer some common questions about the average compensation for a soft tissue injury in the UK. In addition, we explain why a soft tissue injury compensation calculator in the UK might not be the best way to get an idea of how much your claim could be worth.
As well as this, we offer some pain and suffering settlement examples for UK cases involving scarring, and explain how you could start a claim without paying solicitor fees upfront. We hope you find this guide useful. If you are ready to claim compensation for scarring, or you have further questions, you can reach our expert advisors on 0161 696 9685.
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- A Guide: How Much Compensation Can I Claim Per Stitch In The UK?
- What Injuries Need Stitches?
- Treating Cuts And Lacerations
- Does My Cut Or Laceration Need Stitches?
- How To Care For Your Stitches
- Causes Of Lacerations Which Lead To Scarring
- What Is A Permanent Scar Injury?
- How Severe Is Your Scar?
- What Could Be The Long-Term Effects Of Scars?
- Average Payout For a Soft Tissue Injury in the UK
- What Special Damages Could I Claim For An Injury That Needs Stitches?
- No Win No Fee Compensation For Injuries That Need Stitches
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If you sustain a laceration injury in an accident, you may require stitches. If that accident was not your fault, you may be wondering whether you could claim personal injury compensation for the scarring you’re left with.
You may also be wondering ‘How much compensation can I claim per stitch in the UK?’ But, is this really the question you should be asking, or would it be better to ask how severe the short and long-term effects of your injury are instead?
You might be surprised to learn that knowing the average compensation payout per stitch in the UK might not be helpful for your claim. Instead, courts and lawyers would need to assess the severity of your injuries, their long-term effects, and all the facts and circumstances of the case.
Below, we offer a wealth of information about the different injuries that may require stitches, and how they could occur. We also discuss the effects of proper wound care for scars, and the different types of scar you could sustain.
Covered in further sections of this guide are the types of damages you could claim, and how courts and lawyers calculate compensation amounts. We also explain how we could help you obtain a free eligibility check on your case, and help you start a claim.
Whether you’re injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, or you sustain injuries in a slip or trip incident due to someone’s negligence, you might have to have stitches to close up a wound. There are various injuries that may require stitches, such as:
A laceration is a type of wound that someone could sustain when their soft tissue is torn. The wound could be irregular in shape and could be jagged in nature. Laceration wounds, depending on how they happen, could contain bacteria and debris from the object that causes them.
Cuts are usually more clinical in appearance. An accident in which you are cut could involve a sharp object, such as a blade or a piece of glass. While small cuts could heal without stitches, other larger wounds may require stitches to close the wound.
Possible Complications From Cuts And Lacerations
Getting the right treatment for cuts and lacerations is vital in helping you have the best chance of recovery. Complications from cuts and lacerations could include:
- Nerve/muscle damage
- Tissue damage
- Skin grafts
Sometimes, the more complex the laceration, the more likely it is that your injury could leave you with a scar. If you sustain scarring from an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could claim personal injury compensation for the suffering and pain you experience as a result. You could also claim compensation for the emotional and financial effects of such an injury.
If you seek medical treatment for a cut or laceration, a medical professional may decide that they should treat your injury by glueing or stitching the wound. It is vital that they ensure the wound is clean and clear of debris before they close it.
It is also important that they use clean dressings, and that you have your dressings changed when appropriate. Not taking care of a wound properly before it closes could result in infection and scarring.
According to the NHS, there are several situations in which you may require stitches for a cut or laceration.
These could include:
- Bleeding that does not stop after 10 mins of constantly applied pressure
- A long, or deep cut
- Something (such as a foreign body) is in the cut
- A cut caused by an animal bite or a human bite
- An object causing the cut may cause infection
- You sustain a cut or laceration to the face, hand, mouth or genitals
The NHS also advises that you should also seek medical attention for cuts you think may not be healing properly. If there is redness, swelling, pus or pain from the wound, it could be infected. You may then require treatment such as wound cleaning and stitches as well as antibiotics in these cases.
If you receive stitches for a cut or laceration, it is important that you look after them carefully. It is vital to keep them dry and clean, and you should keep an eye on them to observe for signs of potential infection.
Protecting Your Stitches
Your stitches may be itchy, but it is vital not to scratch them. Scratching could damage the stitches, or it may cause dirt to get into the wound. The NHS advises not to take part in contact sports, and not to go swimming until your stitches are out and your wound completely heals.
Warning Signs Of An Infection
Warning signs of infections in a wound could include:
- Increased pain
- Bleeding from the wound, or pus
- Unpleasant smells from the wound
- Warmth at the site of the wound
- A temperature
- Swelling of the glands
It is important to seek medical attention if your wound starts to show signs of infection.
On this guide answering ‘how much compensation can I claim per stitch in the UK?’, we try to focus on personal injury and recommend that you seek medical advice from the appropriate professionals. If you need free legal advice, however, get in touch today.
The causes of lacerations that could lead to scarring could vary. Here, we offer some examples of lacerations and scarring that could lead to personal injury compensation claims, if someone else is to blame:
- Workplace accidents
- Faulty products causing injury
- Holiday accidents
- Falls through windows
- Car accidents
- Medical/surgical negligence
- Falls in public places (such as an accident in a shop)
- Falls from heights
- Pedestrian accidents
- Attacks by animals
- Violent crime (stabbings, for example)
- Military accidents
These are just some examples. To be eligible to make a personal injury claim:
- Someone would have to have had a duty of care towards you, such as an employer, another road user, or premises owner/operator, for example.
- They would also need to have breached that duty
- Their breach of duty would need to have caused or contributed to the accident that caused your injury.
If you’re unsure as to whether your scar injury could lead to compensation, why not call our advisors? We could assess your case for free and help you start your claim.
A permanent scar injury is one that causes permanent cosmetic damage, or physical damage. Permanent scars could include;
- Scar contractures – When scar tissue shrinks, it could affect the movement of joints. For example, if skin shrinks after a burn injury to the knee as the result of a knee injury, it could lead to difficulty moving the joint.
- Keloid scars – Dark in colour, these large welts could occur where there has not been appropriate stitching or dressing of an injury. They could cause physical pain. If keloid scars are located on a joint, they could impact the ability to move that joint.
- Flat, pale scars – Usually, these only impact a person cosmetically, and do not cause physical harm.
Whatever the type of scar you’ve sustained, we could help you. If you suffer scars in an accident that isn’t your fault at work, in a public place, or even due to medical negligence, we could assess your case for free to see if you could claim.
Instead of asking ‘How much compensation per stitch in the UK could I receive?’ you may wish to ask yourself how severe your scar is. The severity of your scar could significantly affect the amount of personal injury compensation you could receive for a claim. Here, we give some guidance on the potential classes of such an injury:
- Minor – Your scar could be minor if it doesn’t affect you much and doesn’t affect your movement or have much of an impact on your self-image.
- Moderate – Your scarring may have some significant impact on you. This could be physical, such as limiting your movement slightly, or it could include more of an impact on you mentally.
- Severe – Your scarring would cause you significant physical problems and/or mental problems. You may suffer a limitation of movement, long-term pain, anxiety, depression or mental trauma.
In order to get a true assessment of the severity of your scar, you would need to attend a medical assessment with an independent medic. They could use their professional skills and knowledge to ascertain how severely your scar affects you.
As we mentioned above, compensation for scarring isn’t necessarily a matter of asking ‘how much compensation for a stitch?’ In some cases, people could suffer in the long term from an injury that requires stitches. This could be assessed when looking to answer the questions of ‘how much should I claim for pain and suffering?’
The ways in which someone could suffer long-term effects from scarring could include:
- Physically – There are some physical conditions that could result from scarring. Keloid scars, for example, could cause pain in the longer term. In some cases, scar contractures could lead to a limitation of movement of the affected area/joints.
- Mentally – The mental impact of scarring, particularly facial scarring, could be quite detrimental. A person’s self-image could suffer, and they may even develop social anxiety or depression as a result.
- Financially – Depending on what your job was prior to the incident that caused scarring, you might lose out financially because of the injury. Some occupations rely on a person to be confident, or to look a certain way. If you lose confidence because of scarring, or your looks change significantly, you could potentially lose out on work, which could affect your income.
For those asking, ‘how much compensation can I claim per stitch in the UK?’, you should know that it depends on the circumstances. If you are eligible to claim for a soft tissue injury or another type of injury that requires stitching to treat, then the specific type of injuries you have and how severe they are will greatly influence the final payout if your claim succeeds. There isn’t a specific statutory compensation payout per stitch under personal injury law. Instead, courts and lawyers would assess the unique facts and circumstances of the case to determine how much compensation for stitches could be appropriate.
They would need to look at all the evidence, including a medical report evidencing your injuries and how they affect you. As part of the personal injury claims process, you would attend a medical appointment with a medical professional independent from your case. They would assess your injuries and compile a medical report that gives their professional opinion on your injuries and prognosis.
How Is Compensation Calculated?
Have you ever searched for a personal injury claims calculator online, or a stitch compensation tool? If so, you might be under the assumption that there is an algorithm that could answer the question ‘how much is a scar worth in the UK?’ However, no scar compensation calculator in the UK could give you a fully accurate valuation for your claim, though they can give indications.
If lawyers assess the evidence surrounding your claim, they could use the Judicial College Guidelines to help them value your injuries. This is a publication that holds recommended compensation awards for different injuries.
You’ll see figures from the Judicial College Guidelines relating to scarring claims below. You may notice that compensation for stitches on a face sometimes has higher payout brackets than scarring elsewhere.
|Facial disfigurements||(a)Very severe scarring. Usually in young people (teens to early thirties). The cosmetic impact would be very disfiguring and there would be a severe psychological reaction.||£29,780 to £97,330|
|Facial disfigurements||(b)Less severe scarring. There would still be a substantial disfigurement and the psychological reaction would be significant.||£17,960 to £48,420|
|Facial disfigurements||(c)Significant scarring. The worst effects would have been or would be reduced via plastic surgery. However, there would be still some remaining cosmetic disability. Psychological reaction wouldn’t be great or would have diminished over time.||£9,110 to £30,090|
|Scarring to other parts of the body||Where there are a number of noticeable scars from lacerations, or one single scar that is disfiguring. On the legs, chest, arms, hands or back.||£7,830 to £22,730|
|Scarring to other parts of the body||Scarring from a laparotomy where there was no significant internal injury.||In the region of £8,640|
If you can’t see your injury in the personal injury compensation table above, get in touch. Our advisors offer free, accurate estimates.
As well as wanting to know how much compensation you get per stitch, you may be interested to learn that there are other damages you can claim, as well as damages for your pain and suffering. These are known as special damages. They relate to the pecuniary (financial) costs you experience as a result of your injuries.
They could include, but aren’t necessarily limited to:
- Travel Expenses – if you need to pay for transport to meet with your lawyer or attend a hospital appointment, you could claim for such expenses.
- Medical Costs – if your injuries mean you need prescription medicines, or you have to pay for counselling or physiotherapy, for example, you could also include these costs.
- Costs of Care – you may need assistance at home with washing or dressing while you recover from your injuries. If you do, care costs could be included within your claim.
- Loss of Earnings – you may require time off work while you recover from your injuries. If you do, your employer may pay you sick pay, which may be less than your usual income. If your injuries have caused you to lose out on income, you could include loss of earnings within your claim.
It is crucial to be able to evidence any special damages you are claiming for. You might want to keep any documentary evidence, such as payslips, bank statements and receipts in a safe place. This way, you could provide them to your lawyer at the appropriate time, ensuring you claim everything you are eligible for.
Claim Time Limits
When addressing the matter of how much you could be awarded in compensation per stitch in the UK, it’s important to remember that there are certain time limits that must be observed. The Limitation Act 1980 tells us that this time limit is generally 3 years from the date of the accident that caused your injuries. The time limit might also start from the date you gained knowledge of someone else causing or contributing to the injuries you sustained.
However, this time limit could be suspended in cases involving children, or those with a reduced mental capacity.
For child injury cases, their time limit would only begin once they turn 18, as they cannot pursue their own claim until this date. However, this is only if someone hasn’t already claimed on their behalf.
For cases involving those with a reduced mental capacity, their time limit would only begin in the event that their mental capacity were to reach a point they are deemed capable of claiming by themselves. Otherwise, it remains suspended.
In both of these examples, it may be possible to appoint a litigation friend to claim on behalf of a claimant who is not legally permitted to for any of the above reasons.
Now we’ve looked into the question of ‘how much compensation can I claim per stitch in the UK?’, you might be wondering whether to find a personal injury solicitor to help you with a claim. If so, you might be pleased to hear that if you choose a No Win No Fee lawyer, you won’t have to pay them any legal fees until your claim ends. You only have to pay legal fees to your lawyer if your claim is successful too.
How Do No Win No Fee Claims Work?
The process of making a No Win No Fee personal injury claim usually works as follows:
- Your chosen solicitor sends you a Conditional Fee Agreement (the formal term for No Win No Fee agreement). They ask you to read and sign the agreement and send it back to them. Detailed within the agreement is a success fee. This is a small percentage of your total payout, and is legally capped. You only have to pay this success fee if your claim ends with compensation.
- You sign and send back the agreement and your solicitor begins to build your case and starts negotiating for compensation.
- Once the liable party (or their insurer) pays your compensation, your solicitor deducts the agreed success fee. You benefit from the balance.
If your claim fails to bring you any compensation, you don’t pay any solicitor fees. To read about No Win No Fee terms in more detail, why not take a look at our guide? Or you could phone us with your questions; we’ll be glad to answer them.
Now we have examined the question of ‘how much compensation can I claim per stitch in the UK?’ you might wish to begin a claim for compensation. Our personal injury claims team could help by providing free legal advice or connecting you with a personal injury lawyer who could help you with your claim. All you need to do to get in touch is:
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Scar Massage – This NHS publication discusses whether scar massage could have an effect on the healing of scars.
Lacerations – Here, you can read more about the NICE guidance on treating lacerations.
Keloid Scars – You can read more about keloid scars here.
Serious Injuries – Your stitches may be required due to a deeper-lying and possibly even life-altering injury. Find out more about how much your overall claim could be worth.
Knife Crime Compensation – Here, we look at how to work out if you could claim for injuries you sustain due to knife crime.
Negligence In Cosmetic Surgery – You can find out about compensation payouts for negligent surgery here.
We hope this guide answered the question, ‘how much compensation can I claim per stitch in the UK?’ for you. If you would like to speak to an advisor about claiming for injuries that include soft tissue damage and scarring, then you’re welcome to contact Legal Helpline today. You can reach us by using the contact details included within this guide.
Written by JJ
Edited by RV