Scarring Compensation Claims Information
Scarring, in addition to the obvious cosmetic difficulties, can also cause other serious physical and psychological issues. Contrary to popular belief, any scar can cause serious problems, particularly if it causes long-term symptoms. Scars can be internal or external, as well as being raised or sunk, usually differing in colour to the surrounding healthy tissue. If your scarring has left you in a position where you’re unable to work, travel, socialise or if you’re left with mental health issues as a result, then you need to make a claim. If you have suffered bodily scarring that wasn’t your fault, and it has had a seriously damaging effect on your life, then you may be eligible for compensation.
What are Scars?
A scar is a mark left on the skin after a wound has healed.
A scar in itself is actually an area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after an injury. Even minor cuts and lesions result in the formation of scar tissue with, in most cases, eventual fading, but this depends on a number of different contributing characteristics, such as age, genetic factors and gender.
For many people, scars are painless but they can be itchy, tender and may also lead to loss of sensation in the affected area. Scars are, in fact, a natural part of the healing process. In some instances, scars will become lighter in colour or fade over a period of time, although they will never cease to be visible.
How Much Compensation Could I Get for Scarring Claims in the UK?
If you’ve suffered any kind of scarring that wasn’t your fault, then you could certainly be eligible for compensation. The actual amount of money that you will receive as a result of a successful claim will depends on the severity of your scarring and any long-term symptoms and negative effects you may be left with. Our expert claims solicitors will be able to discuss your claim with you in detail and whether or not you may be eligible for additional claims, for instance, for pain and suffering.
What Causes Scarring?
Scars can be caused by a number of different injuries which result in the formation of internal or external scar tissue. The five most common categories of injuries that cause scarring are as follows:
- Lacerations whereby the skin is cut by sharp objects such as broken glass
- Burns produced by heat, electricity, friction, and more
- General Skin Conditions, such as Psoriasis or Dermatitis
- Scalds which are caused by the skin making contact with boiling water & other liquids
- Abrasions, for instances grazes that rub healthy skin away
What Are The Different Types of Scarring?
Scars that result from particular injuries can also lead to the growth of scar tissue that is specific to that injury. The list of the different types of scars is exhaustive but there are some more common instances of scarring as below:
- Cesarean (C-Section) Scar
- Scar Tissue
- BCG Vaccine Scar
- Nose Piercing Scar
- Laparotomy Scar
- Keloid Scar
- Hypertrophic Scar
- Hysterectomy Scar
- Thyroidectomy Scar
- Burn Scar
- Tummy Tuck Scar
- Hair Transplant Scar
- Facial Scarring
- Acne Scar Treatment
- Mole Removal Scar
- Makeup Scar
- Episiotomy Scar
Scarring Compensation Claims Calculator
If you have suffered minor or severe scarring, you may be owed compensation. The amount of money that you could potentially be owed as a result of a successful claim will largely depend upon two main factors; the seriousness of your scarring, and how it is negatively impacting your everyday life.
Please use our simple scarring compensation calculator below to find out more about common compensation claim amounts.
Minor Scarring Compensation Amounts
This can be a single noticeable scar, or several superficial scars with minor cosmetic issues.
£1750 – £7000
Laparotomy Scarring Compensation Amounts
This type of scarring can be more serious, as an exploratory laparotomy involves surgery to open up the abdomen to examine internal organs, therefore it is more invasive and scarring could potentially lead to more long-term health issues.
£6,000 – £8,000
Laceration Scarring Compensation Amounts
Noticeable laceration scars of arms, backs, chests, hands or legs can cause permanent disfigurement and can lead to a wide range of long-term health complications.
£5,500 – £21,000
Severe Burns Scarring Compensation Amounts
Burns scarring can be an incredibly severe injury with serious psychological impact, in particular where significant burns cover more than 40% of the body or result in physical disability.
Up to £91,910
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Choose Tylers to Make Scarring Compensation Claims?
Here at Tylers Solicitors, we’re here to help. Our expert claims solicitors offer a no-win, no-fee service to help you to receive the compensation you are entitled to. Whether you’ve suffered scarring as a result of an accident at work or elsewhere, we can offer helpful, no obligation advice so that you’re clear about what kind of compensation you may be entitled to.
Our professional team of experienced solicitors can help you to make the personal injury claims that you need to receive the compensation you deserve. Scarring can have a tremendously negative impact on your life, so get in touch today to begin the process and find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation in the UK.
What Are The Complications That Can Result From Scarring?
Unfortunately, scarring can cause a wide range of health complications. Inadequate scar formation can lead to wound dehiscence which in itself, may lead to infection. However, one of the most common complications that results from scarring is the restriction of movement. Scar tissue itself has much less elasticity than normal, healthy skin tissue and as such, any excessive build up of scar tissue covering a joint area of the body can restrict normal movement. This is most common with Hypertrophic and Keloid scarring.
Are Scarring Injuries At Work Common?
Scarring injuries at work can be common, as people employed in certain sectors find themselves at greater risk of being scarred simply due to the tools and equipment they use and have access to on a day-to-day basis. Although strict Health and Safety Legislation is in force in many workplaces, unfortunately, accidents still happen. Those working in industry and construction are arguably the most vulnerable to scarring, which is perhaps one of the worst consequences of an accident in the workplace.
If you have suffered scarring as a result of what you believe to improper Health and Safety measures within your place work, your employer may be liable for not adequately protecting staff from harm and you may be eligible to make a claim.
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