By Aaron Lee. Last Updated 24th February 2021. Welcome to our online guide where we will be discussing scarring injury claims in detail. Within this online guide, we look at the legal process of making a compensation claim for a laceration injury. We provide medical information about lacerations and scarring. We also look at some of the common reasons for claiming scarring or laceration injury compensation, and why you could be able to make a claim in similar circumstances.
Our claims team can answer any questions you have about making a personal injury claim. They can also evaluate your claim to check it is valid and organise one of our solicitors to process your claim under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). You can speak to one of our claim advisors on 0800 073 8801.
Select A Section:
- A Guide To Claims For A Laceration Injury Or A Scar
- What Are Laceration Injuries?
- What Are Scars?
- How Severe Could A Laceration Or Scar Be?
- Wound Care And Treating Lacerations And Scars
- What Long-Term Effects Could Result From These Types Of Injury?
- Types Of Laceration Injury Claim
- Types Of Scarring Claim
- Facial Scarring And Disfigurement
- Accidents At Work Causing Lacerations Or Scars
- Who Was Responsible For Your Accident Or Injuries
- Lacerating Injury And Scar Claim Calculator
- Special Damages Which Victims Of Lacerations And Scars Could Claim
- No Win No Fee Laceration Injury And Scar Compensation Claims
- How Our Team Could Help Victims Of Laceration And Scar Injuries
- Start Your Laceration Injury And Scar Claim Today
- Essential Resources
A Guide To Claims For A Laceration Injury Or A Scar
This free online guide will look at the process of claiming for a laceration injury or a scar injury resulting from a laceration or cut. It would help if you were within the personal injury claims time limit in order to be eligible to claim, and our claims team can advise you of which limit applies in your own case. The purpose of this guide is to educate claimants, so they can approach their own claim with the information they need to make intelligent decisions during the claims process. We start this guide by looking at what lacerates are, and also what scars are.
The middle part of this guide goes into more details about these kinds of injuries. We look at the severity of different kinds of laceration and scars, and how they are each treated. We discuss the long-term implications of scarring and lacerations as well.
Next, we move on to look at certain information related to the claim itself. We list some of the most common types of laceration and scar claims. We look at facial scarring and disfigurement and how this will be an important factor in some claims. Additionally, we will go over workplace accidents and how they could be the basis of a claim for a laceration or scar. Lastly, we list some of kinds of legal entities that could be liable to pay compensation.
The last part of this guide will cover the financial aspects of the claim. You will find that we have included a table, based on the UK judicial guidelines for valuing an injury, that shows possible compensation ranges for different scarring levels. You will also find a list that details some of the frequently awarded kinds of damages, that a claimant receives as part of their overall compensation settlement. Finally, we take a look at what No Win No Fee means, and how using a solicitor under this kind of free agreement means you won’t have to fund your claim while it is being processed. If you have any questions about this guide’s contents, your claim itself, or the service we offer, please speak to one of our claim advisors on the number now near the bottom of this page. They will help you further.
What Are Laceration Injuries?
In this section, we look at what a laceration wound is. Firstly though, we need to look at a laceration vs a cut. We all know what a cut is and all suffer a cut finger or a cut hand from time to time, carrying out simple tasks such as cutting up vegetables in the kitchen. These cuts are generally straight, not particularly deep, and are caused by a very sharp object.
On the other hand, a laceration will be jagged, probably much deeper than a cut, and can be caused any object with a sharp edge. For example, tearing your shoulder open by leaning on a fence post with a nail sticking out of it. In general, a laceration will be much worse than a cut, more painful, and with a higher risk of infection.
What Are Scars?
In this section, we look at what a scar is, and how some kinds of scarring such as a facial scar can also cause psychological issues. A scar is a line left on the skin once a cut or laceration heals. It can be a line, a hole, or an overgrowth of tissue. There are several types of scars, and these are:
- Fine line scars – a raised line, usually red, where the cut or laceration was.
- Keloid scars – an overgrowth of the skin caused by too much collagen, that can keep growing after the cut or laceration is healed.
- Hypertrophic scars – a bump or raised area of the skin, caused by excess collagen, but unlike keloid scars, hypertrophic scars don’t grow larger than the damaged area.
There are two more kinds of cars, pitted or sunken scars, and scar contractures, but lacerations cause neither of these. Scarring can also have a psychological aspect to it. For example, a person who has suffered facial scarring may suffer from depression, loss of confidence, etc. This is a very important factor when making a compensation claim for a scar.
How Severe Could A Laceration Or Scar Be?
A laceration can range in severity from something as minor as a deep scratch, all the way to a deep laceration that damages the underlying flesh. Worse lacerations would result in damage to the muscles, ligaments or even the bones, and these would be classed as a separate type of injury, with the laceration simply being the cause. For example, if you were to suffer a laceration to your ankle, which severs your hamstring, you would be claiming for a severed hamstring and not a laceration.
Scars can range from trivial, such as a small white line that was left after a small cut on a finger healed. In this case, the scar is almost invisible, and has no lasting effect on the victim’s life, and will not cause psychological problems. At the other end of the scale, we have very serious scarring, such as a scared face that disfigures the victim. The scars would be highly visible and would cause psychological harm to the victim as well.
Wound Care And Treating Lacerations And Scars
In this section, we look at laceration treatment. However, an important distinction here is that treatment will often depend on the object that caused the laceration. A laceration caused by a rusty piece of scaffolding would need different treatment, as with this kind of wound, a course of antibiotics may be needed to prevent infection. However, a laceration caused by a clean broken drinking glass, with this kind of laceration antibiotics would likely not be administered, and the wound simply cleaned, covered with antibiotic ointment and bandaged. The basic treatment for a laceration is as follows:
- Apply pressure to stop the bleeding.
- Clean the area with soap and warm water.
- Spread antibiotic cream over the wound.
- Bandaged the wound with a sterile bandage.
- Consider visiting a hospital for treatment if:
- The laceration is very deep, or if the wound is on top of a joint or close to the bone.
- It is not possible to clean the inured area fully.
- The victim has not had a recent tetanus inject and the wound is a deep puncture.
For the sake of making a claim, it is recommended that laceration victims always visit the hospital after they have received first aid. This is so that an official record is made of the injuries and how they were caused.
What Long-Term Effects Could Result From These Types Of Injury?
There are several potential long-term or permanent effects of a laceration injury, that a personal injury lawyer would consider claiming damages for as part of a claim. These include:
- Loss of function – if a scar will reduce the functionality of the wounded area. For example, a deep laceration of the hand results in large keloid scars that reduce the suppleness of the hand and restrict movement.
- General scarring – if the laceration leaves measurable scarring on the body’s body or trivial scarring of the face.
- Disfigurement – if the scarring noticeable mars the appearance of the victim. For example, highly visible facial scars.
- Psychological damage – if the scars cause psychological issues such as loss of confidence, depression, anxiety, etc.
Types Of Laceration Injury Claim
There are different kinds of personal injury claims, depending on the kind of laceration and incision that injured the claimant, for example.
- For minor lacerations, that may result in trivial scarring, and are at risk of infection as they heal.
- For more serious lacerations that may have caused some underlying flesh, muscle or nerve damage.
- For very serious lacerations that are accompanied by another injury such as a fractured bone.
Types Of Scarring Claim
Under the eyes of the law in the UK, scarring is seen as a secondary injury, and an unavoidable consequence of the healing process for injuries such as lacerations. However, there are different levels of scarring that a personal injury solicitor will process a claim for, such as:
- Trivial scarring – when the injury that the victim is claiming for, such as a laceration injury, will leave small, almost unnoticeable scars. In this case, a small amount of damages might be paid for scarring in addition to the pain and suffering for the injury itself.
- Scarring – when the scars left by an injury will have an effect on the victim’s life. They will be visible, and possibly marring in some way. In this case, the damages for scarring would make up a significant portion of the damages claimed for, and the solicitor would emphasise the scarring as a long-term issue.
- Disfigurement – the most extreme type of scarring. The victim’s life will be significantly affected for the foreseeable future. The scarring will be so severe that it causes additional problems such as depression and loss of confidence. The solicitor would put forth this level of scarring as a major consideration when processing the claim.
Facial Scarring And Disfigurement
Facial scarring and disfigurement has its own category within the UK judicial guidelines to valuing injuries (check the table further down this page, or try using a facial scarring compensation calculator to get a rough estimate of the value of your claim). This is because even minor scarring of the face can mar the appearance of the victim, causing a negative psychological effect.
In the case of serious scarring of the face, that has resulted in heavy disfigurement, this can be a life-changing affliction for the victim to live with, and compensation amounts reflect this. For example, the most compensation is paid to you people (under 30), who have suffered facial disfigurement, as they will have to live with this for the rest of their lives, which will be many years.
Accidents At Work Causing Lacerations Or Scars
Work-related accidents that result in a soft tissue cut or laceration are quite common. There are many causes of workplace accidents that result in a laceration, such as:
- Lack of training.
- Ineffective safety equipment.
- Contact with sharp metal objects
- Contact with metal items such as screws or nails.
- Working with hand tools such as chisels, tin snips, knives, etc.
- Machinery that has sharp cutting edges such as a lathe, band saw, rotary saw, etc.
- The need to handle sharp materials such as sheet metal or panes of glass.
- Using the wrong kind of tool to perform a task.
- Broken or inadequately maintained tools.
- Broken, missing or faulty safety guards.
No matter how your workplace accident was caused, if it can be shown that your employer was indirectly or directly responsible for the accident that harmed you, then a valid claim may exist. Call our claims team to find out.
Who Was Responsible For Your Accident Or Injuries
If you suffer a laceration or cut to soft tissue, then who you make your claim against will depend on which third party was responsible for the accident in which you were harmed. You will need to be able to prove that they were the cause of the hazard that resulted in an accident. Any legal entity can become the defendant in an accident or injury claim, such as:
- Your employer.
- The local council.
- A retail store or shopping mall.
- A restaurant, café or fast food outlet.
- A friend, family member or neighbour.
- The police or one of the other emergency services.
In effect, any private individual, business or organisation can be deemed liable for causing an accident, and carry the responsibility of compensating the victim. If you are unsure who you would need to claim against in your own compensation claim, speak to one of our claim advisors to find out.
Lacerating Injury And Scar Claim Calculator
We have not included a scar compensation calculator on this page. Claims tend to be unique, and require accurate valuation by a solicitor. However, you can use the table below to get a rough idea of the level of compensation you might be able to claim.
|Facial scarring||Trivial||Where the scars are almost unnoticeable and trivial.||£1,600 to £3,310|
|Less significant||Either a single scar, all multiple smaller scars, that mar the appearance of the victim but cannot be considered disfiguring.||£3,710 to £12,900|
|Significant||Bad scars that were then treated using cosmetic surgery, and not appear minor, and also severe scars that have faded over time.||£8,550 to £28,240|
|Less Severe||Where there is substantial disfigurement, that has had a psychological effect on the victim.||£16,860 to £45,440|
|Very Severe||Where people under the age of 30 have suffered severe disfigurement with a serious psychological effect on the victim.||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Body scarring||Single/multiple||Where there is one noticeable scar, or multiple superficial scares that only slightly mar the appearance of the victim.||£2,220 to £7,350|
You may be able to find a personal injury claims calculator that can estimate the value of your claim. Or you can speak to a claims advisors, who can arrange for an accident and injury lawyer to value your claim for you.
Special Damages Which Victims Of Lacerations And Scars Could Claim
When you make a claim for a laceration or scar, or even as simple as claiming for stitches, if your claim is a success you will receive a settlement made of a number of different kinds of damages, for example:
- General damages to compensation for physical harm:
- Lowed life quality.
- Permanent or long-term disabilities such as loss of a limb or paralysis.
- Painful treatment and recovery.
- Psychological harm.
- Trauma and shock.
- Pain and suffering.
- Special damages to compensate for financial and other losses:
- Reduced future work or earning potential.
- Loss of current salary/wages.
- The cost of care.
- Money spent on private medical treatment.
- Travel costs.
No Win No Fee Laceration Injury And Scar Compensation Claims
A solicitor that is willing to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee agreement, will provide you with the added benefit of safeguarding you from many of the prospective financial losses associated with making a claim. This is because you don’t pay anything until your claim has been a success, and the solicitor has received a compensation payment for you. This is when the solicitor will collect their pre-agreed fee.
This means no fee to start your claim, or while your claim is being processed. It also means no fee if you don’t get any compensation at all. To learn more about the way this fee structure works, speak to a claim advisor today.
How Our Team Could Help Victims Of Laceration And Scar Injuries
If you need to make a compensation claim for laceration injury compensation, then we have a simple three-step process that will ensure that you get the help you need, and this is:
- Reach out to our claims team, explain what has happened to you, how your accident happened, and your injuries.
- A claims advisor will answer any questions you have, evaluate your claim, and offer you some free legal advice on what to do next, including offering to provide a solicitor to handle your claim.
- If you decide to accept the offer, a solicitor will begin processing your claim for you.
Start Your Laceration Injury And Scar Claim Today
Have you suffered a laceration injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Do you need help with making a compensation claim? If you answered yes to these questions, then please contact our claims team today on 0800 073 8801. They can help you to progress with your claim.
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Scarring injury claims FAQ
Can I sue for scarring?
If you or a loved one happen to endure scarring due to the fault of a third party, then a compensation claim could be a suitable course of action.
How much can I claim for a scar?
The amount of compensation you could be awarded for a scar will be heavily influenced by the cause of the scar, additional damages caused, and long-term implications.
Could I claim on behalf of my child?
Making a compensation claim on behalf of a child under the age of 18 is a possibility. In order to make a case of this nature, the child must have suffered a scar due to the fault of someone else. When taking legal action, a litigation friend will be appointed by the court to handle the case. You can click here to read more about litigation friends, or simply contact our team to learn more.
What is a personal injury time limit?
For any individual to take legal action and have a successful outcome, the claim must be made within a certain time frame – also referred to as a personal injury claims time limit. For example, to make a personal injury claim, you must begin your claim within 3-years from the date of the accident. Failing to do so would ultimately affect the eligibility of your case.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to read our guide on scarring injury claims.