How To Claim Permanent Scar Compensation

Are you seeking permanent scar compensation for an injury you sustained in an accident that wasn’t your fault? If you can prove that you were owed a duty of care and it was breached, which led to you being injured, you could make a personal injury claim. We will explore the duty of care you are owed in certain circumstances in further detail throughout this guide.

You might be wondering: 

  • When can I make a road traffic accident claim?
  • Can I claim for an accident in a public place? 
  • How much compensation could I get for an injury at work claim?

We have aimed to answer these questions in our guide. In addition, we have explored the compensation you could be entitled to following a successful claim.

Furthermore, we have explored the option of seeking legal representation from a No Win No Fee personal injury claim solicitor and how they can help you. 

Please continue reading for more information. Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to a member of our team, you can do so. They are available 24/7 to offer free legal advice. To get in contact: 

  • Call the number at the top of the page
  • Use our live chat feature
  • Complete our ‘claim online’ form
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Permanent scar compensation claims guide

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  1. A Guide On Permanent Scar Compensation
  2. Am I Eligible To Receive Permanent Scar Compensation?
  3. Is There A Personal Injury Claim Time Limit?
  4. What Evidence Can You Gather As Part Of The Personal Injury Claims Process?
  5. Permanent Scar Compensation – What Could I Receive?
  6. Why Use A No Win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitor?
  7. Learn More About How To Claim Compensation For Scarring

A Guide On Permanent Scar Compensation

A permanent scar injury could have a major physical or mental impact on your everyday life depending on the severity and where the scar is. 

The severity of your injuries will be considered when calculating how much compensation you may be owed. Other factors may also be assessed such as the:

  • Recovery time
  • Treatment required
  • Impact on your mental health
  • Financial losses incurred

To be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you must demonstrate negligence. Negligence involves a third party breaching the duty of care they owed you and causing you to sustain harm. We will explore the duty of care you may have been owed in the following sections.

To find out more about claiming compensation for permanent scar injuries, contact one of our advisors on the number above. 

Am I Eligible To Receive Permanent Scar Compensation?

You are owed a duty of care in various scenarios. For example, in a public place such as a supermarket, whilst at work and when using the road. If the duty of care that was owed to you, is breached, and you sustain harm as a result, you may be eligible to receive permanent scar compensation.

Below, we have looked at the duty of care you are owed in different places and accidents that could occur if this is breached.

Accidents in a Public Place

There are many ways in which you might suffer an accident in a public place. For example, you could trip and fall on some boxes that are blocking the aisle in a supermarket. Subsequently, you endure an severe elbow injury as well as a laceration on your face from hitting the shelves as you fell. 

Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the party in control of the space must ensure it is safe for the public to use for it’s intended purpose. They must do everything they can to ensure your reasonable safety. 

If you have been injured in an accident in a public place due to someone else’s negligence, speak with our team to see whether you are entitled to claim. 

Accidents at Work

As per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their employees whilst in the workplace. If you injure yourself due to your employer’s negligence, you may be entitled to make an accident at work claim.

Examples of how workplace injuries may occur include: 

  • Your employer might not have conducted the necessary slip, trip and fall risk assessment in the warehouse. Consequently, you trip on a trailing lead that hasn’t been adequately covered and suffer a punctured hand injury

Road Traffic Accidents

Road users must ensure that they are not putting themselves or others at risk of injury when on the road. This duty of care is outlined in the Road Traffic Act 1988. Additionally, there are rules and guidance outlined in the The Highway Code which apply to different road users.

There are many scenarios which may lead to a road traffic accident. For example: 

  • Another driver may be using their phone while driving resulting in them crashing into you head on, causing you to suffer a neck injury as well as a facial laceration from shattered glass.

Get in touch with an advisor for more information on when you could be eligible to make a road traffic accident claim.

Is There A Personal Injury Claim Time Limit?

Generally, you have 3 years to start your personal injury claim. This can either be from the date of the accident or when you associated your injuries with negligence. This is outlined by the Limitation Act 1980

However, in specific circumstances, the 3-year time limit may not apply. For example, the person may be under the age of 18 when the accident happened, or the person may lack the mental capacity to make a claim on their own behalf. 

To find out about the exceptions and when they might apply, get in touch with our team. Alternatively, continue reading about the evidence you could gather to support your potential permanent scar compensation claim.

What Evidence Can You Gather As Part Of The Personal Injury Claims Process?

You may be wondering what evidence is needed for a personal injury claim. There are various pieces that could help to support your case, such as:

  • The contact details of any witnesses
  • Pictures of your injuries and the scene of the incident 
  • CCTV footage of the accident
  • Medical evidence such as a report from your doctor or the hospital detailing the diagnosis and treatment you received.

As well as collecting evidence to support your case, you could seek legal advice. Our advisors are available to give you legal advice for free. Do not hesitate to get in touch for more information on seeking permanent scar compensation.

Permanent Scar Compensation – What Could I Receive?

If you win your personal injury claim, the compensation you are awarded may comprise two heads of claim; general damages and special damages. 

General damages look to reimburse you for any physical or mental pain and suffering caused by your injuries. 

We have put together a table using compensation amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines. The JCG is a document that legal professionals use to help them when valuing the general damages portion of claims. 

However, there is no guarantee you will receive these figures as part of your compensation. This is because each personal injury claim is unique, and your settlement may be different. As such, you should only use the figures as a guide.

InjuryGuideline Compensation Bracket Details
Facial disfigurement £29,780 to £97,330(a) Very severe scarring: Cases of relatively young claimants suffering a cosmetic effect that is very disfiguring and causes a severe psychological reaction.
Facial disfigurement £17,960 to £48,420(b) Less severe scarring: Substantial disfigurement with a significant psychological reaction.
Facial disfigurement £9,110 to £30,090(c) Significant scarring: Plastic surgery will have reduced the worst effects. There will be some cosmetic disability but the psychological reaction has improved.
Facial disfigurement £3,950 to £13,740(d) Less significant scarring: This bracket includes cases of a single scar that can be hidden or camouflaged.
Facial disfigurement £1,710 to £3,530(e) Trivial scarring: The effect is minor.
Scarring to other parts of the body£7,830 to £22,730Various noticeable laceration scars or a single disfiguring one affecting the legs, arms, hands, back or chest.
Scarring to other parts of the bodyIn the region of £8,640An exploratory laparotomy has been performed but no considerable internal injury has been found.
Scarring to other parts of the body£2,370 to £7,830A single noticeable scar or several superficial scars affecting the legs, arms or hands. There is a minor cosmetic deficit.

Special damages account for the financial losses you experience because of the injury. For instance, the severity of your injury could keep you out of work for a prolonged period of time causing you to lose income. In these instances, you may be able to seek reimbursement of loss of earnings under special damages.

Other costs you could claim back under this head can include:

  • The cost of home adaptations 
  • Care costs 
  • Medical expenses 

To gain a better understanding of how much compensation you could be owed, get in touch with a member of our team. 

Why Use A No Win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitor?

A No Win No Fee service could be offered to you by a solicitor from our panel. As such, they could represent your claim under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Having a personal injury claims solicitor represent your claim under a CFA means you do not have to pay them for their services if your claim is lost. If your case is successful, you will have to pay a legally capped success fee. This will be taken from your compensation. 

To find out whether you are eligible to be covered on a No Win No Fee basis, get in touch with a member of our team. 

Contact Us Today For Free Legal Advice

We hope this guide on claiming permanent scar compensation has helped. However, if you have any further questions regarding your potential claim, get in touch with our team of advisors.

To get in touch:

  • Call the number at the top of the page
  • Use our live chat feature
  • Complete our ‘claim online’ form

Learn More About How To Claim Compensation For Scarring

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Additionally, we have included some of our own guides that you might find useful when looking to claim for injuries caused by negligence: 

Thank you for reading our guide on permanent scar compensation. If you have any other questions, get in touch on the number above.