Facial scarring injuries are not uncommon and can have a range of negative physical and psychological effects on the individual.
For example, severe scarring can mean nerve damage and pain while the emotional consequences can mean loss of self-confidence and even depression and anxiety.
If your facial scarring was caused by a third party and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation to help with your recovery. It’s important to reach out to a qualified solicitor with experience of handling this type of injury and discussing whether there is an opportunity to make a claim.
Causes of Facial Scarring
Some of the common causes of facial scarring that can lead to a claim for compensation include:
- A road traffic accident.
- A trip or fall that causes lacerations and scratches to the face.
- Scarring caused following a cosmetic or medical procedure that was negligently carried out.
- Scarring caused by a criminal act such as having acid thrown in the face or an attack with a weapon.
- Scarring caused when an individual comes into contact with hazardous chemicals while at work or going about their ordinary daily business.
- A dog bite to the face.
Scarring to the face can mean long-term challenges for the individual. It’s not merely a cosmetic thing where the scarring is clearly visible. There may be damage to the eyes, for example, which impairs vision.
A person may have to take significant time off work as they recover and lose income. They might have lost confidence and be unable to earn to the level that they did previously. They could be in pain because of the damage caused.
Compensation following facial scarring should take into account the physical effects of the scarring as well as the psychological impact. It’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to find out if you have the basis for a claim and what to do next.
The good news is that most personal injury solicitors offer a free initial consultation where you can sit down and discuss your case in greater detail. If there is a case to be answered and the solicitor believes you should be awarded compensation, they can offer a no win no fee service.
This means you can take action and make a claim without having to find the upfront legal fees. If the claim is successful and compensation is given by the court, the solicitor will normally take their fee from the award. If the claim is not successful, then you don’t have to pay the fees.
Compensation for facial scarring can vary depending on the severity of the injuries and the impact it has had on your life. It can cover everything from loss of earnings and the cost of treatment to potentially making adjustments to your home because you now have a disability. Compensation can also cover the psychological impact of your injury.
If you have recently suffered from an injury that includes facial scarring, it’s critical to contact the no win no fee solicitors team at Accinet who can advise if you should proceed with a claim for compensation.