A facial disfigurement can be extremely distressing, even though it may not necessarily be an injury that causes a person physical problems, it can cause psychological issues.
If someone has been involved in an accident, which has left them with facial scarring and it was not their fault, they may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
There are many different types of accidents and situations that can cause a disfigurement on the face. Whether it was an incident at work, in a car or a public place; when claiming for an injury there are different levels of compensation, depending on the circumstances.
Examples of the types of accidents that can cause facial scarring are:
- Burns – chemical or from heat sources
- Medical negligence
- Road traffic accidents
- Heated implements
Some scars will heal naturally and there will be hardly any visible scarring at all. However, with very serious injuries a permanent disfiguration is more likely, as with a serious wound the skin will tend to grow out of the scarred area as it heals itself. This can form growths over the normal skin area, which can often cause itchiness and pain, as well as scarring.
An injury such as this is also much worse in a psychological sense if it’s in a particularly noticeable area – such as the face. This is why compensation values can greatly differ depending on the area that has been affected.
How much compensation for facial scarring?
There are a variety of factors that will determine how much your compensation claim is worth… Your gender and age will make a massive difference to the amount you could potentially receive.
Women will generally receive more money than men. This is because the law deems facial looks to be more important to women and that a disfigurement such as this would have a greater detrimental effect emotionally.
For example, a man who has severe facial scarring could expect to receive up to £42,000 in compensation – a woman however, could get up to £62,000
Age also plays a vital role. Someone who is younger will be entitled to more money, as a young person is more likely to be self-conscious and will, in theory, have to live longer with the disfigurement.
There’s not just the pain and psychological issues to take into account; it is whether this injury has cost you financially too. Those who rely on their looks for their profession will obviously lose out on earning money, though these types of jobs are fairly limited to models, actors, entertainers etc.
There may be an affect on any other professions if the victim has had to have a substantial amount of time off work, this could be due to on-going treatment, surgery or corrective procedures, all of which would be taken into consideration.
Compensation amounts for facial scarring:
- Minor facial scarring for men £1,000 – £2,200
- Facial scarring for men which are visible from a short distance £6,000 – £11,500
- Severe facial scarring for men up to £42,000
- Minor facial scarring for women £1,000 – £2,200
- Facial scarring for women which are visible from a short distance £11,500 – £19,500
- Severe facial scarring for women up to £62,000
You may also find the following pages helpful when making a claim for facial scarring: