Different areas of the body will attract different amounts in terms of compensation. For example, you will receive more if your face is scarred as the face is the most visible part of 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.
A personal injury compensation claim involving scarring or disfigurement can occur in any manner of circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:
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
|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|
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
|Noticeable laceration scars on the legs, hands, back or chest||£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|
The accident type does not determine the level of compensation. Instead, the most important factor is the severity of your injury and scarring.
The level of compensation will usually be calculated following a report by a plastic surgeon, based upon a medical examination and a review of your hospital and GP notes.
Included in the report will be details regarding the severity of the injury, descriptions of the injury, photographs of the scarring and details of the future explaining how any corrective surgery may assist in the reduction of the scar’s appearance.
Once this report has been provided to your solicitor, they will analyse it in accordance with existing case law. They will then be in a position to make an assessment of the potential levels of compensation.
If you have a scar as a result of an accident that was not your fault, we advise you to speak to a specialist personal injury lawyer. After learning about the circumstances of your case, our team will be able to offer a clearer insight into how much compensation for scarring.
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