Cheekbone Injury Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a cheekbone injury we can help.

The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a cheekbone injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.

In our guide to claiming cheekbone injury compensation:

Introduction

According to the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, approximately half a million people in the UK suffer from facial injuries every year.

Many of these injuries relate to the cheekbones. Compensation claims for cheekbone injuries, also referred to as zygomatic or malar bones, have been made in a wide variety of circumstances, including criminal assault, road traffic accidents, a slip or trip, an accident at work, or as a result of clinical negligence.

Do I have a cheekbone injury claim?

You should be able to make a cheekbone injury claim if your injury occurred:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.
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Injury claim eligibility - Common questions

What if a child was injured?

The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.

A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start a cheekbone injury claim on their own behalf.

Read more about claiming injury compensation on behalf of a child.

Identifying is liable for my cheekbone injury

If you have suffered a fractured or damaged cheekbone, liability is dependent on where the accident occurred, and whether the party responsible owed you a duty of care.

For example, if your cheekbone injury is the result of being in a road traffic accident, it is likely that the driver who caused the accident is responsible.

An accident at work, such as tripping over cables, pallets or other items, or being hit by something that has fallen from a height, can result in serious injury. Your employer has a duty to protect staff injury. This duty extends to requiring employers to provide adequate facial protection if there is reasonable risk of injury to the face.

If an accident on another person's property results in a cheekbone injury, the owner or occupier of that property is most likely to be responsible. The owner or occupier has a duty to ensure that the premises are safe for use - if a visitor is injured as a result of something the owner/occupier has done or failed to do, that duty has been breached and a claim can likely be made.

Criminal compensation for cheekbone injuries

If you have been attacked and sustained a cheekbone injury as a result, you may be able to pursue the attacker for compensation. If you are not able to identify the person who caused your injury, or they are not in a position to pay out compensation, you may be able to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme. This is a government funded scheme that allows victims of crime to be compensated even if the criminal responsible cannot be identified or is otherwise unable to pay compensation.

How much compensation can I claim for a cheekbone injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your cheekbone injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your cheekbone injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after a cheekbone injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Cheekbone injury compensation amounts

The following cheekbone injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fourteenth Edition by the Judicial College.

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Example Amount
Cheekbone fracture
Simple fracture £1,850 to £2,390
Simple fracture requiring surgery £3,470 to £5,150
Serious fracture requiring surgery £8,130 to £12,580
Facial injuries
Multiple fractures of facial bones £11,890 to £19,090
Le Fort fractures of frontal facial bones £18,980 to £29,290
Facial scars
£3,150 to £10,960
£7,270 to £23,980
£14,320 to £77,580

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.

The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.

For example:

General damages for a facial fracture can be £24,000

For a less severe hand injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £3,200.

However, if you have a facial fracture and a less severe hand injury, you would typically receive £24,000 + a reduced percentage of £3,200.

Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.

What is the average injury compensation for a cheekbone injury claim?

The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.

However, the money you would receive following a cheekbone injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your cheekbone injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life, your ability to work, and the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

See the injury table above for some examples.

Can I claim for an existing cheekbone injury that has got worse?

Yes, it is possible to pursue a claim in the event that a pre-existing medical condition, illness or injury is made worse or aggravated by an accident or someone else's negligence.

Will I have to pay tax on my cheekbone injury compensation?

If you receive financial compensation following a cheekbone injury injury, specific legislation ensures that you do not have to pay tax on it. This is the case no matter whether the compensation is received as a lump sum or as staggered payments.

Cheekbone injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a cheekbone injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your cheekbone injury claim could be worth now:

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How long does a cheekbone injury compensation claim take?

The length of time needed to win compensation for a cheekbone injury compensation can vary significantly.

For example, a simple liability accepted injury claim could be settled in a matter of weeks. However, if liability is denied a claim can take substantially longer. Normally an injury claim takes 4 to 9 months. For more information on how long your claim could take, read: How long will my claim take?

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your cheekbone injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

How did your injury occur?

The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:

No win, no fee - the facts

With a no win, no fee agreement (known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA') you can make a cheekbone injury claim without having to worry about upfront legal fees. If your cheekbone injury claim is unsuccessful you won't have to pay any money to your solicitor.

No win, no fee promise

If you have been injured and someone else was to blame (even partially), our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of claiming compensation for your cheekbone injury. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my cheekbone injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my cheekbone injury claim?

If your cheekbone injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Can I get Legal Aid?

Legal aid is no longer available when making a personal injury claim, but a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win, No Fee) can reduce the financial risks of making a claim.

Is there a catch?

The Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) sets out the terms between you and your solicitor., No Win No Fee is a regulated activity and as such there should be no nasty surprises in the agreement. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you read the agreement carefully and ask any questions if you are unsure.

How can Quittance help?

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Cheekbone injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make a cheekbone injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the cheekbone injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your cheekbone injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for a cheekbone injury after 3 years?

Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.

However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.

If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you are still able to claim cheekbone injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a cheekbone injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

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Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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