What is a facial scarring injury?
Scarring injuries to the face typically include injuries from the top of the neck up to the top of the head. Studies show that around 23 million adult people have some kind of scarring, although most are not visible from a distance. According to the charity Changing Faces, around one million adults have visible scarring either on their faces or bodies.
A keloid scar occurs when the original scar continues growing and as a result it usually becomes larger than the primary scarring. These types of scars are apparent in around 10-15% of scarring wounds and are commonly seen on the upper chest, head, shoulders and neck.
If you have suffered a scarring injury in the last three years, you may be eligible to make a claim for scarring injury compensation.
Causes of facial scarring
There are many circumstances in which a scarring injury to your face could occur. These include:
- A road traffic accident
- An accident at work
- Medical negligence
- Laceration to an area of the body
- Scalding or burn injury
- Contact dermatitis repeated exposure to dangerous substances can result in this type of injury
For facial scarring injuries caused by burns, please visit our burn injury page.
Effects of a facial scarring injury
It is not until you receive a scarring injury that you realise how much they can impact your life.
Often those with scarring 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 permanent scarring as memories of a traumatic experience can be brought back at the sight of the scar. Permanent and visible scarring 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 if the scars are visible on your face.
What you may be able to claim for
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological damage
- Medical expenses incl. revision surgery
- Cost of care and assistance provided by a friend or family member
- Camouflage makeup
- 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 scarring injury?
The severity of the injury often defines how much your scarring injury claim may be worth. Compensation is calculated on the severity of the symptoms and any other financial losses as a result of the scarring injury. Where there is facial scarring the awards will tend to be higher due to the physical disfigurement.
To help you estimate what your scarring injury may be worth, please refer to the table below. Figures are a guideline only.
|Facial Scarring Injury||Compensation Amount|
|Severe facial scarring||£15,750 to £85,340|
|Significant facial scarring||£3,460 to £26,380|
|Trivial scarring||£1,500 to £3,090|
Facial scarring injury case studies
Find out how we’ve helped our clients claim the compensation they deserve for their facial scarring injury:
- £5,000 in compensation for a facial laceration after an accident at work
- £5,750 in compensation for a trip in the dark that led to facial scarring
Click here to view all of our case studies.
Do you have a facial scarring injury claim?
If you have suffered from a scarring injury to your face and believe that you are entitled to compensation, then please use our compensation claims calculator or speak to one of our specialist scarring 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 scarring injury claims and we would love to help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.