If a facial injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Facial injuries from accidents or violence can be particularly traumatic, potentially affecting your appearance and self-esteem.

If you have been affected by a facial injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Compensation may be awarded for surgical repair, therapy, and any psychological counselling for the emotional consequences of your injury.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

What counts as a facial injury?

In the context of making a personal injury claim, facial injuries refer to any harm or trauma to the face. This can include a wide range of conditions, from minor cuts and bruises to more severe injuries like fractures, burns, lacerations, nerve damage, broken bones, scarring and conditions relating to the eyes.

Facial injuries can affect various areas, including the skin, muscles, nerves, eyes, nose, mouth, and jaw.

With 20% of Britons affected by a facial scar, you are not alone

Facial injuries are common, particularly in situations involving physical activities, sports, road accidents, falls, or acts of violence.

The face is vulnerable in professions and activities where the risk of impact or contact is higher, such as construction, sport, or certain types of manufacturing.

Around 1 in 5 people have a visible mark, scar or other facial injury condition in the UK. (changingfaces.org.uk).

If you decide to make a facial injury claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

How much compensation can I claim for a facial injury?

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

  • the seriousness 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 injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Facial injury compensation calculator

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Updated July 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

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

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

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.

These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your facial injury such as pain medication, antibiotics and surgical repair.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average facial injury general damages compensation

The following facial injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

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

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Facial injuries
Multiple fractures of facial bones £13,550 to £21,770
Le Fort fractures of frontal facial bones £21,650 to £33,400
Facial scars
£3,590 to £12,490
£8,280 to £27,350
£16,330 to £88,480

Can I claim for PTSD or other psychological trauma?

Psychiatric harm is less obvious than physical injury, but the consequences can be just as difficult to deal with.

According to our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey shows that 29.03% of potential claimants sustained a psychological injury, 70.97% of which related to a physical injury.

Facial injuries can cause concerns about appearance and lead to depression, anxiety, social anxiety (social phobia), and body image issues.

Compensation for psychological harm can help you access mental health support and therapies not always available through the NHS.

Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

Who is legally responsible (liable) for my injury?

Liability for facial injuries depends on where and how they occur.

Workplace injuries, like burns from chemicals or fires, typically hold the employer responsible if they failed to provide adequate protection. These claims are usually covered by the employer's public liability insurance.

In road traffic accidents, a claim would be pursued against the culpable driver's insurance.

For injuries from physical assaults, even if the attacker is unidentified, compensation can be sought from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which assists victims of criminal acts.

Facial injuries from slips or falls in commercial spaces like shops or cafés could make the business owner liable, especially if caused by preventable factors such as spills or uneven flooring.

What should I do following a facial injury

If you have facial injuries that were caused by the negligence of another party, such as your employer or a commercial organisation, it is likely that you will be able to claim compensation. A compensation award accounts for pain and suffering, time off work, scarring and long term consequences on a person's health and well-being.

The panel of solicitors have years of experience of dealing with facial injury compensation cases, and will work hard to ensure that you receive as much redress as possible for your accident. This will not change what has happened, but can help you to cope with the consequences and cover your costs.

What happened?

The claims process for a facial injury will depend on where and how the accident happened. Click the icons below for more information:

No win, no fee facial injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim facial injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Chris Salmon, Director

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Chris Salmon, Director