How Much Compensation For Scarring?

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How Much Compensation For Scarring?

If you have a permanent scar that is the result of an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.

Different areas of the body will attract different amounts in terms of compensation. For example, you will receive more compensation if your face is scarred compared to your body.

To find out if you’re entitled to claim compensation for scarring, get in touch with our team of solicitors on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online.

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What type of accidents can cause scarring?

A personal injury compensation claim involving scarring or disfigurement can occur in any manner of circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Burn injuries
  • Injury following medical negligence
  • Industrial accidents
  • Slips, trips or falls

Compensation Levels For Scarring


The main points to be considered in facial disfigurement claims, which are a form of scarring, will be the nature of the injury, the extent of residual scarring, the age and how the scar affected you psychologically.

The law treats facial looks as more important to women than men meaning damages awarded for pain and suffering are likely to be higher for women.

In addition to this, young people also tend to receive higher levels of compensation as they are thought to be more self-conscious. They will also have to live with the disfigurement for longer.

Level of Facial Scarring

Potential Compensation

  • Very severe facial scarring with associated psychological damage

    £23,740 – £77,580

  • Substantial but not severe facial scarring

    £14,320 – £38,600

  • Significant scarring

    £7,270 – £23,980

  • Moderate scarring

    £3,150 – £10,960

  • Trivial scarring

    £1,360 – £2,810

Other Scarring Injury Compensation Levels

It is difficult to pinpoint compensation amounts for scarring of other parts of the body but there are some general guidelines you can use.

Level of Scarring

Potential Compensation

  • Itching, irritation of and/or rashes on one or both hands but resolving within a few months with treatment short lived or aggravated pre existing skin conditions

    £6,240 – £18,120

  • Scarring left following an exploratory laparotomy (a full-sized incision in the abdomen) that revealed no internal injury

    In the region of £6,890

  • Visible or superficial scarring on the arms, legs, hands, back or chest

    £1,890 – £6,240

  • Scarring following burn injuries covering 40% of the body. (Burns usually attract more in compensation as there is significant pain associated with a burn on top of a scar).

    In excess of £83,550

How will the compensation be calculated?

As stated, compensation will be determined by assessing the severity of your injury, and the impact of the scarring, factors that are usually determined through a medical examination. This includes looking at the pain and suffering that the injury has caused.

Financial losses that have been caused by the injury, such as needing to pay for treatment or a loss of income due to being unable to work, could also be covered through compensation. Therefore, it is advisable to keep any and all receipts that highlight costs relating to your injuries/accident. However, the best way to determine how much compensation you are likely to receive is to speak to us.

Living With Scarring

There are support groups and organisations which provide advice and help for people living with scarring:

Making Your Scarring Injury Claim

If you have suffered scarring due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.

First Personal Injury works with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury. Contact our specialist team to begin the claims process, either by phone on 0800 808 9740 or through our online form.