Permanent Scar Compensation

One of the most upsetting aspects of a scar, aside from the pain and trauma of the incident which led to the scarring, concerns how it looks. In particular, facial scarring can be arguably the most difficult to deal with for many reasons. Even the smallest scars can affect a person’s life because of the potential social and psychological implications.

What is a scar?

Any injury which is sufficient to lacerate the skin can leave a mark but to make a claim for compensation the mark needs to be long lasting or permanent. The type of scarring compensation claims we deal with involve scars severe enough to cause distress. A scar is formed when the body produces an excess of collagen to try to heal a wound, a process which can take many months, and the resulting scar can go through several changes in appearance during this time. Although some scars can fade over time, the worst of them are a permanent reminder of the incident that caused them. Scars can be caused by any number of things such as:
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Surgical procedures
  • Burns and scalds
  • Bites and scratches or injuries from either animals or people
  • Body piercings or tattoos
  • Falls, slips and trips

Scar compensation amounts 

Some scarring can leave permanent distressing physical and psychological effects so the amount of scar compensation you could receive varies. Compensation is calculated following consultations with plastic surgeons and psychologists. Consideration is given not only to the initial trauma and repair, including reconstruction, but also how much further surgery and after-care is needed. When you bring your compensation claim to us we can make referrals to surgeons and psychologists to assess these issues for you. 

Facial scarring compensation

Facial scarring compensation amounts vary and are affected by age and gender. The law deems women to be more severely affected than men by facial scarring. Young people with significant facial scarring would be generally entitled to a higher compensation amount than older people because of the length of time they have to live with the effects of the scarring. The size and visibility of a facial scar can also affect the amount of compensation paid. A severe scar which covers a larger area of the face and is visible at a greater distance would attract a larger amount than one which is visible only close-up. The amount of compensation paid for facial scarring can range from £1,300 to in excess of £81,000. These figures vary greatly because these amounts are subject to variables including the severity of the scar, sex, age and the impact on the injured persons work, social and personal life. 

Scar Compensation is not limited to facial injury 

Any form of scarring whether minor or severe and wherever it is on the body can have devastating consequences for some. For example, women who have scarring and disfigurement to those parts of the body which are normally ‘on show’ like the legs, arms, chest and neck, could be so reluctant to reveal them that they have to change the style of clothing they wear. It can affect their lifestyle in that they no longer go to the places they used to; they may lose their job if in a ‘public-facing’ type of job; they may be embarrassed to wear a swimsuit on the beach. Many men of course can be similarly affected.
The after-effects that scarring has, and the lasting impact on a person’s life should never be underestimated. The physical, psychological and social impacts can be devastating and life-changing in some cases. Surgery to repair scars is rarely 100% successful and in some cases can make it worse. As scars mature and change they may fade in colour but they will always be visible and will always ever-after affect how a person sees him or herself. In some cases it will affect every aspect of their social and work life. 

A scar can cause ongoing pain and discomfort

Physically, and depending on which part of the body is affected, a scar can continue to cause physical problems.  For example, by attaching itself to internal tissue, or a scar can become infected thus causing pain on a regular basis. The biggest pain for some is related to how the scar was caused in the first place and some may suffer flashbacks or experience other forms of psychological trauma.

What to do? 

To find out whether you can claim for permanent scar compensation and to ensure you receive the best of professional advice call us on 01782 608 744 today. 

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