Have you been involved in an incident or accident that has resulted in you being permanently scarred? Did the incident or accident happen due to no fault of your own? If the answer is yes to these questions, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for your permanent scar injury.
Scarring can be due to many different reasons such as from undergoing surgery, being in a road traffic accident, suffering from a burn, falling over and cutting yourself on something, as well as many other possible incidents that may occur. Some scars are able to heal and fade so that they are barely noticeable over time, but some scars are more severe and are very obvious and noticeable which the victim can find very distressing especially if the scar is on the face or other usually uncovered areas of the body such as the neck, arms and legs.
If you have been injured due to no fault of your own and have been left with a permanent scar or number of scars, then you may be able to claim compensation for permanent scarring. Legal Helpline has a panel of personal injury claims solicitors that have years of experiencing in helping many people to claim compensation for their permanent scar injury and will be happy to help you get the compensation you deserve, just call us on 0161 696 9685.
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Legal Helpline has written this guide for people who have suffered permanent scarring and are interested in finding out more about claiming compensation for their scar injuries. Regardless of how your scars were caused, if they were due to an accident that wasn’t your doing, then you should be entitled to claim compensation for the pain, suffering and distress you have endured as a result of your permanent scar injury.
Within the guide, you will find helpful information such as what are the common causes of permanent scar injuries, what you should do if you suffer a permanent scar injury, how to start your compensation claim, what you can include in your claim, and much more. It also covers information on permanent scar facial compensation claims, permanent scar from car accident claims, as well as how much is a scar worth UK. The guide will give you an informed view as to how the whole process of making a personal injury claim is conducted and will also highlight the benefits of having Legal Helpline manage the claim on your behalf.
If after reading through the guide you require further information or have more questions on the matter, please don’t hesitate to call Legal Helpline for advice and guidance.
Scar injuries that are permanent can either be painful and cause discomfort, or be cosmetic. According to the law in the UK, when making a compensation claim for permanent scarring, the type of scar needs to fit into one of the following categories:
- Scar Contractures – A permanent scar of this type is when the skin has shrunk and contracted, or stretched after being damaged. An example of this could be when skin across the knee has been burnt in a fire causing it to shrink which in turn reduces the ability to move and bend the knee as normal.
- Keloid scars – When the skin heals without the proper dressings or stitches, large welts that are dark in colour may sometimes form. Apart from being a cosmetic issue, if these scars cover a joint such as the knee or elbow, they can prevent the normal function of that joint.
- Flat and Pale Scars – In most cases, these kinds of scars, although can present a cosmetic issue, do not affect the normal function of the skin and body.
If you are unsure as to which category your scar is in or whether you have a legitimate claim, contact Legal Helpline for help and guidance.+
There are many different causes of permanent scar injuries with some being more common than others. The most common causes of a permanent scar injury are:
- Accidental Injury – Accidents can occur anywhere that result in a permanent scar.
- Scratches and bites – Depending on what has scratched or bitten you, the resulting scars could be large and severe, for instance being bitten by a large dog will most likely leave a prominent scar.
- Medical Negligence – In these instances, scars are usually caused by botched surgery or poor stitching and aftercare.
- Clinical / Beauty treatment Negligence – Different cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal or botox that are becoming increasingly popular, if not done correctly, can result in injuries causing scarring.
- Tattoos and Body Piercing – These procedures if not done correctly could result in the client being left scarred permanently.
- Medical Conditions – Scars caused by illnesses and rashes are very common and can often be worsened by incorrect treatment.
There are a number of other causes or permanent scarring but these are noticeably the most common and typical of the permanent scar injury compensation claims we have dealt with over the years.
If you have been involved in an incident or accident which has resulted in you sustaining a permanent scar injury, then you may well be thinking of claiming for compensation. In most cases, scar injuries occur as a result of a primary injury and so it is firstly very important to ensure that you have the primary injury looked at and treated by a medical professional before doing anything else. Once you have done this and are confident that your health isn’t at any risk, you should begin to gather as much evidence as you can that will support your future claim. The type of evidence you should try to collect is:
- Evidence that proves the accident took place – Try to get witness contact details so that a statement may be obtained, depending on where the incident that caused the scar took place, make sure it is recorded in an accident book, take photos if possible of the scarring.
- Evidence that proves negligence – By collecting the evidence as suggested above, such as witness statements, should help to prove negligence. Taking photos of where or how the incident resulting in the scar took place may also show negligence.
- Proof of the permanent scar injury – When you consult a medical professional, a report should have been written stating your injury, the severity, treatment and future prognosis. Ask for a copy of this report.
- Proof of Expenses – Keep all official records, such as receipts, of any expenses you have incurred as a result of your scar.
Gathering enough of the right evidence to support your claim isn’t always easy or straightforward. This is one of the many reasons it can be beneficial to hire a personal injury claims firm as they will know the sort of evidence needed and where to find it and how to obtain it.
If you have not yet seen a medical professional, as part of our service, Legal Helpline can arrange a free local medical for you to have your permanent scar injury thoroughly assessed.
Scars caused by burns can not only be just cosmetic but can also have an impact on a person’s mobility. Skin burns may result from actual contact with fire, or from being in contact with a hot object such as an oven or boiling water for example. The scars from burns come under the scar contractures category and cause the skin to either shrink or stretch. When this happens over a mobile area of the body or a joint, due to the change in the skins elasticity, the joints may not be able to function properly and usual body movements may not be able to happen.
Accidental Injury is the most common cause of permanent scar injuries. This is because an accident can happen anywhere and may be due to a number of different reasons. You may have an accident at home which is your own fault such as cutting yourself whilst preparing dinner, you could have an accident whilst out shopping which may be your fault or the fault of someone else, or you could have an accident at work which you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
If you have been injured whilst at work leaving you with a permanent scar injury and it was somebody else’s fault, before starting your claim, there are a few things to consider first:
- As it happened at work, rather than filing a normal personal injury claim against a group or an individual guilty of causing your scar, you would need to make an accident at work This would mean that personal responsibility would not be included in your claim and instead compensation will be paid by the employer’s liability insurance rather than someone’s personal individual finances.
- The legitimacy of your claim will depend on whether it can be proven that your employer had acted in a negligent manner resulting in your accident and subsequently your permanent scar injury. Legal responsibility can only be rightfully assumed if your employer did indeed act in breach of their duty of care to you as their employee and therefore negligently.
Accident at work claims can be slightly different in the way that they are conducted in comparison with a general personal injury claim as it involves claiming from the employer’s liability insurance. Hiring an experienced legal firm to deal with your claim at this stage can be really helpful as they already know what is needed here to conduct your claim properly in order to gain the best outcome for you, freeing you from the stress and worry of trying to understand the legal jargon often seen in cases like this.
Medical negligence is quite a common cause of scarring and occurs more often after a surgical procedure and are more likely to be aesthetic rather than debilitating to your physical health or well-being.
However, you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence and if your scar was the result of clinical or medical negligence, then the Doctor or medical body that they work for such as the NHS or a private practice, can be sued for compensation. Commonly, clinical and medical negligence usually occurs due to the Doctor or Surgeon either making a mistake during your surgical procedure, failing to fully explain to you the possible risks, including scarring, that can sometimes result from the procedure, or failing to obtain the full and relevant consent for the procedure to take place.
Before starting your compensation claim, you need to take into consideration every aspect of your life where your permanent scar injury has had an effect, as there are a few different elements that make up the final settlement amount and you want to be sure that you are claiming for the maximum amount possible relevant to you circumstances. The elements that make up the final amount can include:
- General Damages – These refer to the physical aspect of your claim as well as it’s psychological effects. Any pain and suffering or any distress or anxiety for example that has resulted from your injury will be considered here.
- Medical Costs – Any medical costs that you may have incurred due to your injury should be included.
- Travel Costs – If you have incurred extra travel costs perhaps due to travelling to medical appointments etc., directly due to your injury, you can claim for these.
- Loss of Income – If your injury has caused you to need time away from work, you can include this in your claim.
- Care Claim – If your scar is very severe or affecting your mobility causing you to need a carer even if only temporary, you can add this to your claim.
It’s really important to keep a record of financial costs and any receipts so that you can prove the financial impact you have endured and therefore add to the claim. If you don’t keep the receipts or are not able to prove these expenses, they will not be considered.
Due to the many variables as shown above that your final settlement amount is made up of, you can see that it would be impossible for us to predict the exact amount of compensation you may receive, as each and every individual case will differ in each of these areas. However, as a guideline, we can give you a list of average compensation payouts for different scar injuries to at least give an idea of what is possible. These amounts shown are in accordance with the judicial guidelines and are only relevant to the actual injury itself. In general, the more severe an injury is, the more compensation will be awarded.
|Reason for Compensation||Average Award Amount||Comments|
|Very Severe Facial Scarring||£26,120 - £85,340||These amounts are for claimants that are young, between the ages of teens to early 30s usually, disfigurement and psychological effect are both severe.|
|Less Severe Facial Scarring||£15,570 - £42,460||Similar to above but slightly less severe, but still very significant.|
|Significant Facial Scarring||£7,990 - £26,380||The worst effects will have been or will be reduced with plastic surgery, but some disfigurement will still exist. Psychological reaction is still not great but is better than in the initial stages.|
|Less Significant Facial Scarring||£3,460 - £12,050||There may be one scar or a group of small scars but these can be camouflaged with specialist make-up. Psychologically, the effect will be no more than that of a generally sensitive young person.|
|Trivial Facial Scarring||£1,500 - £3,090||The effect of the scarring is only minor.|
|Body Scarring - Large Noticeable or Significant Singular Scar on Legs, Back, Arms, Hands or Chest||£6,870 - £19,930||Scar very noticeable.|
|In cases where a laparotomy procedure has been performed with no significant internal injury but leaving an inevitable scar||In the region of £7,580|
|A single noticeable scar or cluster of little scars on legs, arms or hands with slight cosmetic effect||£2,080 - £6,870|
Please remember, these amounts are averages and not necessarily a promised indication of what you may receive should your claim be successful.
As an example of how scar injury compensation can be claimed, we can tell you about one particular case where, someone who was trying to deliver some post, was bitten badly by a dog. The bite wound was on the stomach resulting in severe lacerations and extreme mental trauma. Once the actual wounds had healed, the poor victim had been left with permanent scarring on their stomach which caused them pain when they moved due to the skin pulling tight, and also they had psychological issues due to the mental trauma they had experienced. With the help of an experienced claims firm, they successfully claimed the compensation they deserved.
Call Legal Helpline today to find out how we can help you to make your compensation claim a success.
Before deciding to go ahead with your compensation claim, you should consider the potential legal fees you may be faced with. Some legal firms may ask for payments upfront or during the legal process to cover their fees regardless of what the outcome may be, potentially leaving you under enormous financial strain if your claim isn’t successful. However, with Legal Helpline, this isn’t something you need to worry about as we offer a no win no fee service whereby we will not ask for any fees to be paid prior to the conclusion of your case, and only in the event that we win your case for you will we ask for any payment. This is usually then taken as a small percentage of the final settlement amount and not directly out of your current finances. If we didn’t win your case however, the no win no fee service policy states that we will not charge you anything at all. No win means no fees and so also means no risk.
As suggested earlier on in the guide, try to gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim. Then all you need to do is call us at Legal Helpline. We will offer you a free consultancy session where we can discuss the facts surrounding your case. You can use this time to ask us any questions regarding making a claim, or to discuss anything you are unsure of, and we will also use this initial consultation to gather all the information from you regarding your injury so that we can make an informed decision as to whether you have a valid claim.
In most cases, we will then offer to take on your case under our no win no fee agreement and then proceed on building your case, strengthening it with further evidence and fact. We may also offer you a free local medical so that we can have a medical report of the full state of you injury that we can include in your claim if you have not already seen a medical professional.
In short, we always go the extra mile to win our clients compensation! Our panel of solicitors at Legal Helpline have dealt with many permanent scar injury compensation claims successfully, and in fact, have been part of the personal injury claims industry for many years. All of the solicitors at Legal Helpline specialise in helping people to get the compensation they deserve, often winning the maximum possible payout amount for their clients.
Legal Helpline are honest, friendly and reliable and always give their full attention to each individual case given to them. They work quickly but efficiently in order to get the claims through to court as soon as possible to be able to get their clients not only the compensation they need, but also to give them some closure as soon as they possibly can. They will always strive for the best outcome possible and never leave any stone unturned.
If you would like to discuss your case with Legal Helpline, just call them on 0161 696 9685 for a no obligation, free consultancy session where they will help and guide you as best as they can.
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