All You Need to Know about Compensation for Scarring: What You can Claim


A scar is a permanent thing; it’s a result of a serious wound in which the body was not able to recover to its former state. It’s often ugly and, when it’s located in sensitive or prominent areas, is a cause of psychological distress and emotional wounds as well. This is especially true if you get scar tissue on the face – it’s a permanent reminder of an accident that one is reminded of for a lifetime.

Facial disfigurement due to scarring is never pleasant, and whilst there never is a bright side to it, there is some good news: if you are a victim due to no fault of your own, it’s possible to claim for compensation to help you cope and recover from the physical and emotional trauma the accident may have caused. If you’re wondering how, then this one’s for you: here’s all you need to know about compensation for scarring – how much you can receive.

Causes of facial scarring

Facial or body scarring can have many causes, but here are some of the most common ones:

  • Traffic accidents
  • Accidents in the workplace
  • Laser beauty treatments resulting in burns – and eventual laser hair removal scars
  • Surgical or clinical procedures
  • Criminal injury
  • Animal injuries

What does compensation depend on?

There is no set formula whereby one can calculate what kind of compensation can be claimed; in the UK, it usually depends on the kind of injury (the seriousness of it) rather than the circumstances in which the injury happened. However, legal experts can make some calculations based on a review by your general practitioner and the expertise of medical professionals. Often a plastic surgeon is consulted to make a detailed description of the injury.

What are the factors you should keep in mind?

Some basic factors could influence the compensation, such as:

  • Women tend to receive more compensation than men
  • Younger people tend to receive more compensation than older people
  • The severity of the scarring and how it impacts your normal life

Why you should get legal advice

Here’s some more good news: often legal professionals will work on a No Win, No Fee basis, which means your legal advice is to be paid only if you receive compensation.

The compensation you may receive from making a claim can help you overcome physical and emotional obstacles – and this, in and of itself, is more than reason enough why you should file a claim. On the other hand, it’s also important you seek compensation for the common good; it’s important that those who are responsible for the scarring are held accountable and that we find ways to avoid unwanted incidents from happening in the future. If you have been a victim, consult your solicitor in order to claim compensation today.

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