Abrasion injury compensation claims

Updated: October 8, 2018


Abrasion is the medical term for a graze that causes one or more layers of the skin to scrape away. Usually perceived as superficial, abrasions can in fact cause major trauma to the skin leading to the formation of scar tissue. A severe abrasion that removes skin down to the dermis or subcutaneous layer should be professionally treated to aid skin healing.

Anyone who has suffered abrasion injuries as a result of an accident that was not their fault may be eligible to claim compensation.

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The different types of abrasion injuries

Abrasions are classified according to the depth of the skin damage.

  • A first-degree abrasion damages the outer layer of the skin, known as the epidermis. Skin damage will be apparent, but the abrasion typically will not bleed.
  • A second-degree abrasion damages the dermis as well as the epidermis and may bleed slightly.
  • A third-degree abrasion is known as an avulsion. It involves damage down to the subcutaneous layer and scarring is almost certain.

The majority of abrasion injuries are not serious and will heal completely over time. They be painful, however, because rubbing away the outer skin layers exposes sensitive nerve endings. There is a high risk of germs entering this type of wound, so it is important to clean and irrigate abrasions thoroughly to prevent infection.

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What are the causes of abrasion injuries?

Abrasions are usually caused by something rough rubbing against the skin, such as falling onto concrete or rope burns. Common accidents include:

Due to the nature of the injury, abrasions are most commonly found on the hands, elbows and knees. However, they can appear anywhere on the body including the eye, an injury known as a corneal abrasion.

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Do I have a claim for an abrasion injury?

Abrasion injury compensation can be awarded for abrasions sustained as a result of third party negligence. It is important to seek advice on specific injuries from a personal injury solicitor as very minor abrasions that affect only the superficial epidermis and heal quickly may not be serious enough to warrant compensation.

Deeper abrasions, on the other hand, may take weeks to heal and cause permanent scarring. It is fair to seek compensation for such injuries as the pain can be considerable and can make daily activities very uncomfortable.

As with any compensation claim, there must have been a third party who caused or contributed to the accident, and there must have been negligence. A personal injury solicitor can assist in establishing the details of the case and demonstrating that someone else is liable for the abrasion injuries.

It is helpful to take photographs of the abrasion injuries, both when they occur and during the healing process, as this can help to communicate the seriousness of the injuries when negotiating a settlement for damages.

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Calculate my abrasion injury compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Road traffic accident claims

Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.

Find out more about claiming abrasion injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)

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Accidents at work - Claims against your employer

Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.

Find out if you can claim abrasion injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report

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