Facial injury compensation claims
In the following guide we set out what you need to know about making a successful facial injury compensation claim.
The Centre for Workforce Intelligence estimates that over half a million people in the UK suffer from facial injuries. One in three of these injuries will require a stay in hospital or treatment from a specialist. Facial injuries can be caused by several different factors, including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, assaults or fires.
Facial injuries is an umbrella term that encompasses several types of condition. Facial injuries can take the form of bruising, nerve damage or broken bones. If fractures are sustained in the nasal area, a person's breathing can be affected. Other types of facial injuries include: burns, damage to teeth, scarring and conditions relating to the eyes.
If you have suffered a facial injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
Culpability for facial injuries is very much dependent on the environment in which they have occurred. For example, if you have suffered burns to your face because of exposure to toxic chemicals or even a fire whilst you are at work, it is likely that your employer will be responsible. Employers have a duty to protect their staff against such occurrences, and if they have failed to do this, they can be held liable for injuries sustained as a result.
Most employers protect themselves with public liability insurance. If you pursue a claim for compensation for facial injuries, the payment is likely to be covered by this insurance.
If your face has been injured as the result of a road traffic accident, such as a collision with another vehicle, it is probable that the driver responsible for the accident can be held accountable for what has happened. The driver's insurance company is likely to be the source of any compensation award paid to claimants.
Facial injuries sometimes occur because of a physical assault. If you are attacked by a person or group, and your face is damaged as a result, you are likely to be able to claim compensation. If you are unable to identify your attacker, or they are never found, you could still have a claim. The case can be lodged against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, a government run body that is designed to assist people who are hurt as a consequence of people engaging in criminal acts.
Some facial injuries are sustained because a person has slipped and fallen. If this takes place within a commercial environment, such as a shop or café, it is probable that the owner of the business will be held responsible. This is particularly valid if the accident was caused by a preventable variable, such as a spill or uneven flooring.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
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.
Quittance's 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.
Recommended compensation for general damages is set by the Judicial College (formerly the Judicial Studies Board) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards. These amounts are based on factors including where and how serious the injury is, and any long-term consequences and are laid out in the form of minimum and maximum amounts.
Although the Judicial College guidelines are not technically law, their use in Court is commonplace. Most insurers and solicitors also refer to the guidelines when calculating compensation for an accident or illness.
In some cases accidents or illness can also result in the pain and discomfort of a pre-existing condition or injury getting worse but it may still be possible to make a claim.
Travel expenses, lost earnings and the cost of medical treatment and ongoing care may also be claimed for, and are called special damages.
Compensation can vary dependent of the severity and long term effects of a facial disfigurement injury. For example a male suffering trivial facial scares may only receive compensation of around £2,500, whereas a female who sustains severe facial disfigurement may receive compensation in the region of £69,500.
Guaranteed No Win, No Fee facial injury compensation claim - Pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful
Typically a no win no fee arrangement (also called a Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between the claimant and lawyer.
A no win no fee agreement is basically the terms under which the solicitor is instructed by their client.
The CFA outlines what the solicitors will actually do and how they is rewarded if the claim is ultimately successful.
If you instruct Quittance Personal Injury for your facial injury claim there are no additional costs , nothing to pay up-front and the peace of mind that you will never be financially out of pocket.
Accidents at work - Claiming compensation from 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 facial injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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 facial injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.
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