How Much Compensation For Facial Disfigurement Or Scarring
The underlying reasons for facial disfigurement suffered will be considered when weighing up a compensation amount. This includes examining the extent of the injury and treatment required; whether or not there is facial scarring; the age of the victim and what kind of social and psychological impact has arisen. How much is a facial scar worth?
Below are settlement amounts relating to each gender but it is worth noting that these figures overlap, making the issue of gender, less of a factor when deciding a compensation amount. Rather, the emphasis is on the level of impact the disfigurement has had.
What accidents 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 Amounts For Facial Disfigurement
Level of scarring or facial disfigurement
|Severe cases of facial disfigurement where there has been extreme physical mutilation paired with extreme psychological impact (women up to their early 30s)||£23,740 – £77,580|
|Substantial but less severe scarring||£14,320 – £38,600|
|Significant scarring but improved by cosmetic surgery||£7,270 – £23,980|
|One scar or cases where the overall impact of several scars is low||£3,150 – £10,960|
|Trivial (minor) scarring||£1,360 – £2,810|
Level of scarring or facial disfigurement
|Severe and permanent scarring for males under the age of 30||Approx £21,250|
|Considerable disfigurement that has not been reduced by plastic surgery coupled with psychological issues||£12,850 – £21,500|
|Significant scarring (disfigurement which is noticeable from a ‘conversational’ distance)||£6,500 – £12,850
|Scarring that is not noticeable unless there is deliberate inspection||£2,800 – £6,500|
|Minor scarring or disfigurement||£1,225 – £2,500|
Living with scarring
There are support groups and organisations that provide help and advice for people living with scarring.
- Changing Faces
- Scar Information Service
- British Association of Skin Camouflage
- Children’s Burns Club
- Children’s Burns Trust
HOW DOES THE CLAIMS PROCESS WORK?
At Jefferies Solicitors, once we have carried out an initial consultation, we will take care of the paperwork required to get your case underway.
A letter will be sent to you following an initial consultation with your solicitor. This will be a summary of the meeting you had and will confirm that they are happy to take on your case. It will highlight who will be your contact and estimate how long the process will take. The letter will also detail how you will be funding the case and an estimate of costs. If you need to provide any further information this will also be included.
A letter will then be sent to the defendant, providing details of the accident. The defendant has a fixed period in which they can reply and in their reply, they must state whether or not they are denying or accepting liability for your injuries. If they do accept liability, your solicitor will endeavour to settle the case out of court.
AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION
All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The amount of compensation that is awarded is determined by looking at two specific factors – general damages and special damages.
The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.
Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.
However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.
START YOUR CLAIM TODAY
Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible.
To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 342 3206. Alternatively, complete our online contact form to arrange an initial no-obligation telephone consultation with a member of our expert team.