A Guide To Claiming Permanent Scar Compensation

By Danielle Nicholson. Last Updated 31st May 2024. In this guide, we will reveal everything you need to know about seeking permanent scar compensation.

Here at Advice.co.uk, we have years of experience and we can help you to make a claim for this type of injury. Most scar injuries naturally cause psychological injuries too, and we will ensure your compensation covers this.

Before you call 0161 696 9685 to reach us, though, read on to discover more.

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  1. Examples Of Permanent Scar Compensation Payouts
  2. Common Causes Of Permanent Scars
  3. What Evidence Do I Need To Support A Claim For A Permanent Scar?
  4. Permanent Scar Compensation Claim Time Limits
  5. No Win No Fee Claims For Permanent Scar Compensation
  6. Advice And Resources For Scar Victims

Examples Of Permanent Scar Compensation Payouts

Permanent scar compensation can be awarded under two different heads of loss, general and special damages. General damages are awarded for the physical and psychological impacts of permanent scarring. Special damages, which we’ll examine in the section below, are awarded for associated financial losses.

When it comes to calculating a possible permanent scar compensation figure, the solicitors on our expert panel can help. Those assigned this duty can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) alongside your medical documents.

The JCG details guideline compensation figures for various injuries, a few of which you can see here. Please take note the top entry was not taken from the JCG.

Compensation Table

This table has been provide for guidance purposes only.

InjurySeverityNotesCompensation Bracket
Multiple Injuries Plus Special DamagesSeriousMultiple injuries, both psychological and physical, with compensation for financial losses.Up to £150,000+
BurnsSignificantThe claimant has suffered serious burns to 40% or more of their body. Likely to exceed £127,930
Facial ScarringVery SevereThese cases involve a relatively young claimant who suffers a severe psychological reaction to very disfiguring scars.£36,340 to £118,790
Facial ScarringLess SevereThe claimant suffers substantial disfigurement with a significant psychological reaction. £21,920 to £59,090
Facial ScarringSignificantIn these cases, the worst effects have been or are expected to be reduced by plastic surgery. However, there will be some cosmetic disability, but the psychological reaction is either not great, or has diminished to minor proportions.£11,120 to £36,720
Facial ScarringLess SignificantThe claimant may have one scar or a number of very small scars. Overall, their appearance is marred. Their psychological reaction is no more than that of someone who is an ordinarily sensitive person. £4,820 to £16,770
Bodily ScarsNoticableIn this bracket, the claimant may have a number of noticeable scars due to lacerations, or a single disfiguring scar.£9,560 to £27,740
Bodily ScarsLaparotomyThe claimant experienced an exploratory laparotomy but no significant internal injury was found.In the region of £10,550

Special Damages In A Permanent Scar Claim

As part of your permanent scar claim, you may receive special damages payments for the financial losses you sustain. Permanent scarring can have severe cosmetic and psychological impacts, with long term effects. Compensation paid out under special damages will very often be higher than that paid under general damages.

Examples of costs you could be reimbursed for include:

  • Medical treatment.
  • Loss of current and future earnings.
  • Therapy or counselling needs.
  • Travel expenses.

Remember to keep hold of your payslips, receipts and other financial documents to show you experienced these losses.

For a more personalised estimate of the potential value of your permanent scar compensation claim, or for a free consultation regarding your eligibility to claim, talk to our advisors today.

Common Causes Of Permanent Scars

There are a few different incidents that can result in permanent scars. Below, we’ll explore when you could be owed a duty of care, and how a breach in this duty could result in a scarring injury. However, it’s important to note that in all of the cases we mention below, you must be able to prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care
  • This duty was breached
  • You were injured as a result

Permanent Scars From Accidents At Work

While you are at work, your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). As set out in this legislation, your employer must take all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees while they are working. If they fail to do so, and you suffer an injury due to this breach in their legal obligations owed to you, you could be eligible to claim compensation for scarring. 

Public Liability Claims For Permanent Scars 

The controller of a public place owes you a duty of care, as set out by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. This means that they must ensure your reasonable safety while you are using the space for its intended purposes. If the organisation or individual breaches this duty and you suffer an injury as a result, you could claim compensation for permanent scar injuries.

Permanent Scars From Road Traffic Accidents 

Vehicle drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and those on motorbikes are expected to use the roads in a way that prevents injury and damage both to themselves and other road users. This is their duty of care. As part of this duty, they must comply with the Highway Code and Road Traffic Act 1988 while on the roads. If you suffer an injury because another road user failed to adhere to these rules and regulations, you could be eligible to claim for a road traffic accident.

Permanent Scars Due To Medical Negligence

You could also suffer scarring due to medical negligence. When a doctor or hospital treats you, they automatically owe you a duty of care. This means that you should be provided with the correct standard of care by the medical professionals responsible for your treatment. If you suffered harm that could have been avoided because of a breach of this duty, you might be eligible to seek compensation for permanent scarring.

If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria for different types of claims, please speak with an advisor from our team. Additionally, if you satisfy the requirements, you could be connected to one of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel.

Scars Caused By Criminal Injuries

If you have suffered an injury due to a crime of violence, you may be able to make your claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a government body that handles compensation claims for those who have been criminally injured.

To be eligible to seek facial scar compensation through the CICA, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must have been injured in a crime of violence. The CICA Scheme lists some examples of incidents considered as a crime of violence, such as an attack or arson.
  • The incident must have occurred in England, Scotland, Wales or another relevant place
  • The incident must have been reported to the police.
  • You need to adhere to the relevant time limit. We will explain what these are in a later section.

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What Evidence Do I Need To Support A Claim For A Permanent Scar?

If you are seeking scar injury compensation, you will need to prove that negligence occurred.

Some examples that could help support your personal injury claim for a permanent facial scar include:

  • Photographs of the scar and, if you have them, photographs before you suffered a scarring injury.
  • A copy of your medical records stating your injury and the treatment you required.
  • Videos of the accident that led to your permanent scars, such as CCTV footage.
  • The contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident so they can give a statement at a later date.

Contact our advisors today to discuss your potential claim. If they believe you may have a strong case, they could connect you with one of the solicitors on our panel, who could assist you with gathering evidence.

Permanent Scar Compensation Claim Time Limits

If you are entitled to make a personal injury claim for a scar injury, it is vital that you begin legal action within the limitation period. For personal injury claims, this is generally three years from the date of the incident that caused your scar injury as per the Limitation Act 1980.

However, in certain circumstances, there is a suspension applied to this time limit. In these cases, a litigation friend could be appointed by the court to start the claims process on behalf of the injured party.

Cases when a time limit suspension applies include:

  • Young people under the age of 18 at the time of the incident that caused severe scarring cannot begin legal proceedings for themselves. A pause is applied to the limitation period that lasts until the day of their 18th birthday, giving them three years from that date to start a scar injury claim unless a litigation friend claimed for them.
  • Those without the mental capacity to begin legal proceedings themselves have the limitation period suspended for as long as they are unable to start the claims process. This could be indefinitely. However, if they regain their capacity and a litigation friend has not started the compensation claim for them, they will have three years from the date their mental capacity was recovered to make a permanent scarring claim.

If you have any questions about this time limit or anything else connected to personal injury claims, speak to a member of our advisory team for a completely free no-obligation consultation.

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No Win No Fee Claims For Permanent Scar Compensation

If you are eligible to claim permanent scar compensation, you may wish to do so with legal representation. If so, one of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel could support your claim. 

Our panel solicitors use a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to provide their services, which is a type of No Win No Fee agreement. Under the terms of a CFA, your solicitor won’t ask for you to pay for their work upfront or as your claim progresses. Furthermore, they won’t ask you to pay for their work if your claim is unsuccessful.

However, if your claim for facial scar compensation succeeds, your solicitor will subtract a success fee from your compensation. This amount is deducted as a percentage that is limited by law.

If you have any questions about permanent scar compensation claims, our team can help. And if you meet the eligibility criteria and have good grounds for a claim, you could be connected to one of the solicitors from our panel.

To contact an advisor:

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Advice And Resources For Scar Victims

For more advice on claiming compensation for a permanent scar, please get in touch.