A Guide to Claiming Laceration Injury Compensation

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

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

Introduction

Cuts and lacerations are one of the most common types of injury claim. Where cuts tend to be superficial, affecting only the surface of the skin, lacerations are deeper, often damaging tendons, muscles, ligaments and bones.

Produced by a blow, blunt trauma, a collision, a fall or a sharp object, lacerations can vary in severity and affect any part of the body. Contact with broken glass is another common cause.

In addition to the physical pain and tissue damage, a laceration can seriously affect an individual's ability to live a normal life

Do I have a laceration injury claim?

A laceration injury claim should be possible if your injury occurred:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

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What are the exceptions?

However, if these two points don't apply, a compensation claim may still be a possibility.

It costs nothing to find out - you can speak to a laceration injury claim expert on 0800 612 7456.

A short call will confirm whether you have a claim. You will never be pressured into making a claim.

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 laceration injury claim on their own behalf.

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

Can I still claim if I didn't report the laceration injury?

If you did not report the accident it can make it more difficult to pursue a laceration injury claim, but a claim may still be possible. This will depend on the circumstances of your case and on the other evidence available.

How much compensation can I claim for a laceration injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your laceration 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 laceration 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 laceration 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

Laceration injury compensation amounts

The following laceration 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
Arm injury
Serious injury with permanent and substantial effects £31,220 to £47,720
Finger injury
Loss of part of the little finger £3,150 to £4,670
Hand injury
Serious hand injury £11,520 to £23,110
Leg injury
Crush injury £22,130 to £31,250
Thumb injury
Serious thumb injury £10,040 to £13,360

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 serious wounding injury can be £75,000

For a less serious arm injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £4,000.

However, if you have a serious wounding injury and a less serious arm injury, you would typically receive £75,000 + a reduced percentage of £4,000.

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 laceration 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 laceration injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your laceration 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.

Laceration injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a laceration 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.

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How long does a laceration claim take?

How long it can take to win compensation for a laceration can vary considerably.

For example, a straightforward liability accepted injury claim could be settled in a few weeks. However, if liability is denied a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 4 to 9 months. Read more:

How long will my claim take?

Will I still be able to claim for a laceration injury after the law changes in April 2021?

The law relating to personal injury claims is changing in April 2021.

You will no longer be able to claim no win, no fee compensation using a solicitor for lower value claims (under £5,000).

In addition, compensation for whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries will be reduced.

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your laceration 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.

Will I get financial advice?

Your solicitor will be able to advise you on whether to accept a financial settlement for your laceration injury claim. If you require tax planning or trust advice, the solicitor will recommend and work closely with a financial adviser.

What types of laceration can you claim compensation for?

Surface lacerations can cause scarring and minor tissue damage, which can lead to infection if not properly treated. If the laceration is deeper, more extensive damage can occur. This includes:

  • Muscle damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Fractured or broken bones

In some of the most severe cases, surgery, skin grafts and even amputation may be needed. All of these can lead to a much longer rehabilitation period.

Even if you suffered relatively minor laceration injury that was not your fault, a compensation claim may be possible.

Who is liable for your injury?

Who is liable in laceration claims depends on the context in which the accident occurred. But whatever the circumstance, liability can only be apportioned once negligence is proven.

Workplace accidents

Approximately 30 per cent of all workplace injuries involve cut or lacerations, 70 per cent of which are injuries to the hands or fingers. Unfortunately, in many cases they could have been prevented if the employer had properly managed the risks. Typical causes of lacerations in the workplace include:

  • Improper training, lack of safety procedures or employees taking short cuts
  • Failure to wear proper, cut-resistant gloves
  • Contact with metal items such as nails
  • Hand tools with blades such as knives, box cutters, screwdrivers and chisels
  • Powered machinery with cutting blades, rotating parts, motors and presses
  • Handling sharp objects or material such as glass and sheet metal
  • Improper tool for the job or tool used improperly
  • Tools in poor condition, for example a cracked or broken handle or dull blade
  • Missing or improperly adjusted guarding
  • Poor housekeeping, clutter and debris
  • Poor lighting leading to reduced visibility

In any of these instances an employer could be held liable under a range of health and safety legislation for failing to protect an employee from avoidable harm. This includes the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Road traffic accidents

Lacerations often occur in road traffic accidents - involving vehicles, motorbikes, and pedestrians - particularly those occurring at high speed. They can happen due to windows being smashed, items being thrown around a vehicle or from collision impact.

Under a range of statutory law, including the Road Traffic Act 1988, all road users have a 'duty of care' to avoid injuring others - as is reasonable. Therefore, in this situation, the at-fault driver (or pedestrian) would be liable if they were negligent.

Accidents in other public places

If a person sustains a laceration injury in another public place, such as a shop, pub, restaurant, park, school or leisure centre, liability would lie with the person responsible for their safety at the time. This would generally be the owner or manager and would usually fall under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984.

Lacerations can also occur as a result of clinical negligence, for example during surgery, or from a defective product. A solicitor can advise on who is liable in these instances.

Whatever the circumstance, a solicitor will also advise on the process and help gather the types of evidence needed to prove negligence. This could include medical reports, witness statements and health and safety records.

How did your injury occur?

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

No win, no fee, no risk

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

Our no win, no fee promise

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making a laceration injury compensation claim.

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

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, once 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 laceration injury claim?

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

How do personal injury solicitors get paid?

If your laceration injury claim is successful, the defendant, or their insurer, will pay the compensation and your solicitors fees.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

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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Laceration 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 laceration injury claim?

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

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

Can I claim for a laceration 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 laceration injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a laceration 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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