ByJo Anderson. Last Updated 7th November 2023. If you’ve suffered an injury that’s left a permanent facial scar, you may want to know if you can claim compensation, and if so, how much exactly.
The impact a facial scar can have on a person can be significant. Not only can it cause disfigurement, but the psychological impact can be debilitating for a person, leading to conditions like depression, anxiety or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In this guide, we consider your legal rights when it comes to making a personal injury claim. We consider the different ways that you could suffer facial scarring and how you can take advantage of our No Win No Fee service to get justice today.
We also look at how much compensation a facial scar could attract, discuss our alternative to a facial scar compensation calculator, and cover the other things that you could be compensated for as part of a claim.
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- Compensation For Scar On The Face – How Is It Calculated
- What Is A Facial Scar And Can I Claim Compensation?
- Examples Of Facial Scar Compensation Claims
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If your personal injury claim has a positive outcome, your settlement could consist of two heads of claim. These are called general and special damages.
General damages provide compensation for the suffering and the pain that has been caused by your scarring injury. For guidance when valuing personal injury claims, reference can be made to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that lists guideline compensation brackets alongside different injuries.
In our table below, we look at figures given for facial scar compensation from the 16th edition of the JCG. However, as each claim is different, these figures are only to be used as a guide and do not represent your settlement.
|Type of injury
|Severity of Facial Injury
|Facial Scarring Injury Common Payout Bracket
|Very severe (a)
|£29,780 to £97,330
|Even after plastic surgery there will still be disfigurement.
|Less severe (b)
|£17,960 to £48,420
|A psychological reaction that is rather significant from disfiguring scars to the face.
|Significant scarring (c)
|£9,110 to £30,090
|Minor or diminished psychological reaction from scars that have been reduced by plastic surgery.
|Less significant scarring (d)
|£3,950 to £13,740
|A marred face from many small scars or one large scar.
|Trivial scarring (e)
|£1,710 to £3,530
|This payout is for scarring that is not very noticeable at all.
If you have any questions about facial scar settlement amounts, please contact one of the advisors from our team.
What Else Can Be Included In Facial Scar Settlement Amounts?
Additionally, you might be able to claim for special damages. Special damages are paid out to compensate for any financial losses incurred as a result of your facial scar injury.
Some examples of the losses you may be able to claim under special damages include:
- Cosmetic surgery if you require this.
- Therapy costs.
- Loss of earnings for time spent off work to recover.
- Prescription costs.
- The costs of any specialist oils and lotions to help reduce the scarring.
You should submit proof of your expenses, such as receipts or payslips.
If you have any questions about how compensation for a scar on your face could be awarded, please get in touch with an advisor. They can also value your claim for free.
Several parties owe you a duty of care in daily life that, if breached, could cause you to suffer a facial scar. These include:
- Employers: Due to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), you are owed a duty of care by your employer to take reasonable steps to help ensure your health and safety while in the workplace.
- Occupiers: Those in control of public places are known as occupiers. Per the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, they have a duty of care to ensure your reasonable safety while you are using the premises for its intended purposes.
- Road users – All road users owe each other a duty of care. They must follow the rules and regulations found in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code. Additionally, they must use the roads in a manner that avoids causing harm to themselves and others.
Should another party breach the duty of care they owe you, and this causes you to suffer a facial scar, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
To find out more about personal injury claims being made for facial scarring, you can contact our advisors. They can also They can also explain how a scar compensation calculator for UK claims would work and provide you with a free valuation of your potential case.
How Long Do I Have To Claim Facial Scar Compensation?
In addition to having the evidence that backs up your claim for facial scar compensation, you must start legal proceedings within the limitation period. The Limitation Act 1980 sets this as generally three years following the date of the incident.
However, some circumstances where the injured party cannot start a claim themselves suspend the limitation period. These include for:
- The time limit starts once the injured party turns 18.
- Those who don’t have the mental capacity to start their own claim. The time limit is frozen in this case. But, if they regain capacity, the time limit starts from that date.
In either of these cases, a litigation friend may be able to start a claim on their behalf while the time limit is frozen.
If you have any questions about using a scar compensation calculator for the UK or the claiming process, please call our advisors.
In the paragraphs below, we are going to take a look at claiming temporary and permanent facial scar compensation for some of the most common accidents, including medical negligence and beauty salon negligence claims. However, please do not panic if you cannot find a section relating to your accident. You can make a claim no matter the scenario so long as you can prove someone else is to blame.
Scars Caused By Negligent Beauty Salons
You can also make a claim if you have been injured due to an accident at a beauty salon. There are many different cases whereby facial scarring can arise due to beauty salon negligence. Examples include:
- Skin treatments gone wrong
- Harsh chemicals used during a treatment
- Faulty or damaged equipment used
- Defective products
- Incompetent professionals
- No patch test carried out
Car And Road Traffic Accidents
Facial scarring can also be a consequence of a road traffic accident. There are a number of different ways that a road traffic accident can happen. Some common examples include:
- The other driver failing to judge your path correctly
- Reckless driving
- Poor road condition
- Someone driving under the influence
- Driving while using a mobile phone
It does not matter whether you were a pedestrian, driver, or passenger, if you can show that someone else caused the road traffic accident you were involved in, you might be eligible to make a facial scar compensation claims against their insurance company. Call us today for more information regarding making a case for a permanent scar injury from a car accident.
Accidents At Work
As per the law, all employers need to make an effort to provide a safe and healthy working environment. This is in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, as well as industry-specific legislation.
Your employer has a duty to protect anyone in the workplace, including the general public, against health and safety risks. If your employer has failed to do this and you suffered facial scars as a result, you can launch your claim for facial scar compensation.
If you’re eligible to make a facial scar claim, one of our solicitors may be able to help you with your case. They could assist you with gathering evidence and negotiating your compensation settlement. They may also offer to represent you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this kind of agreement, you can get benefits such as:
- Not having to pay them anything upfront for their services.
- No ongoing service fees to pay.
- You won’t have to pay your solicitor for the work they have done on your claim if it fails.
Alternatively, you will pay them a success fee should your claim succeed. Your solicitor will take this from your compensation as a small percentage. But, the percentage is limited by law.
To find out if one of our No Win No Fee solicitors could help you with your facial scar compensation claim, you can contact our advisors. They can offer you free advice and answer any of your questions 24/7. To connect with one of them today, you can:
In this penultimate section, you can find links to more resources on personal injury claims that you may find useful:
- Scarring info – NHS
- Reaction handling
- Making a claim for a car accident
- Beauty treatment claims
- How much compensation for an accident as a pedestrian?
- This guide explores claiming nerve damage compensation.
Thank you for reading our guide on using our facial scar compensation calculator (UK).