What is a facial injury?
Facial injuries typically include injuries from the top of the neck to the top of the head. They can be separated into five areas. These are:
- Facial bone fractures
- Facial disfigurement
- Fractures of nose or nasal complex
- Fractures of cheekbones
- Fractures of jaws
- Damage to teeth
If you have suffered a facial injury, you may be eligible to make a claim for facial injury compensation.
For facial injuries caused by burns and/or that result in scarring, please visit our burn injury and scarring pages.
For dental negligence injuries, please visit our dental negligence page.
Causes of facial injuries
There are many circumstances in which a facial injury could occur. These include:
- A road traffic accident
- An accident at work
- Medical negligence
- Laceration to the face
- Scalding or burn injury
- Slips, Trips & Falls
Effects of a facial injury
It is not until you receive a facial injury that you realise how much they can impact your life.
Often those with facial injuries caused from lacerations experience extreme pain from damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. This could mean that time off work is needed as they are unable to perform their job properly and even day to day activities can become complicated due to restricted movement.
Psychological damage can also result from facial injuries as memories of a traumatic experience can be brought back at the sight of the injury. If the facial injury results in permanent and visible scarring, this can also cause a lack of confidence and anxiety due to how you feel other people view the appearance of your scar and how you may feel the need to cover up when dressing to go out in public. This can be more so for visible facial injuries.
What you may be able to claim for
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological damage
- Medical expenses incl. plastic or cosmetic surgery
- Cost of care and assistance provided by a friend or family member
- Travel expenses
- Loss of income/loss of anticipated earnings
Here at What’s My Claim Worth we advise you to take a picture of your wound as soon as possible and continue to document/picture your wound as it develops and matures into a scar. Depending on the type of accident and where it occurred, it should be reported as soon as possible to the manager or supervisor of the organisation. Witness details should be obtained and all relevant paperwork should be retained. Paperwork and receipts in relation to any medical treatment and expenses, including travel expenses, should be retained also.
How much compensation can you claim for a facial injury?
The severity of the injury often defines how much your facial injury claim may be worth. Compensation is calculated on the severity of the symptoms and any other financial losses as a result of the facial injury.
To help you estimate what your facial injury may be worth, please refer to the tables below. Figures are a guideline only.
|Skeletal Injury||Compensation Amount|
|Frontal facial fractures||£20,880 to £32,210|
|Multiple fractures of facial bones||£13,080 to £21,000|
|Nasal Injury||Compensation Amount|
|A simple fracture||£1,500 to £2,210|
|A fracture which requires manipulation||£2,210 to £2,760|
|A fracture that requires surgery and affects your sense of smell||£3,460 to £4,470|
|A fracture that causes a total loss of sense of smell||£9,330 to £20,280|
|Cheekbone Injury||Compensation Amount|
|Simple fracture with no surgery||£2,040 to £2,620|
|Simple fracture with some surgery||£3,810 to £5,660|
|Serious fracture requiring surgery with lasting consequences||£8,940 to £13,840|
|Jaw Injury||Compensation Amount|
|Simple fracture||£5,660 to £7,650|
|Serious fracture with permanent consequences||£15,750 to £26,730|
|Very serious multiple fractures with permanent consequences and prolonged treatment||£26,730 to £39,940|
|Damage to teeth||Compensation Amount|
|Loss of or damage to back teeth: per tooth||£960 to £1,500|
|Loss of or serious damage to one front tooth||£1,930 to £3,460|
|Loss of or serious damage to two front teeth||£3,810 to £6,690|
|Loss of or serious damage to several front teeth||£7,650 to £10,010|
|Significant, chronic, tooth pain extending over a number of years||Up to £33,430|
Facial injury case studies
Find out how we’ve helped our clients claim the compensation they deserve for their facial injuries:
- £5,000 compensation for facial injury caused by an accident at work
- £5,750 compensation for facial injury caused by a tripping accident
Click here to view all of our case studies.
Do you have a facial injury claim?
If you have suffered from a facial injury and believe that you are entitled to compensation, then please use our compensation claims calculator or speak to one of our specialist facial injury solicitors who will be able to help you. We benefit from in-house medical knowledge in order to give you a high-quality service.
We have helped numerous people make facial injury claims and we would love to help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.
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Find out how we helped our client claim £5,000 in compensation following a facial injury caused by an accident at work.