If a lip injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a lip injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
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The soft tissue of the lips make them especially vulnerable to injury.
Blows to the face, sporting accidents and unsafe beauty treatments and can all puncture or abrade the skin, causing pain, swelling, cuts and bruising. Rashes, blisters or nerve damage may also be experienced after receiving a lip injury.
For many individuals, the look of their face is tied strongly to their self-esteem. As well as the physical injury, lip injuries can have a major psychological impact especially if the injuries result in permanent scarring.
The Courts recognise the impact such scarring can have, and compensation awards for scar-related injury claims will be consequently higher in such circumstances.
If you have suffered a lip injury due to an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
Am I entitled to make a lip injury claim?
If you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, you will be able to claim compensation.
Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.
What happens if I share some of the blame?
Figuring out who is legally at fault for an accident can sometimes be complex and nuanced.
According to our recent 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents thought that their actions could have contributed, either in part or wholly, to their injuries.
Even if your actions or negligence played a role in the accident, you could still be eligible for compensation. Cases with shared fault (contributory negligence) frequently settle through a split liability agreement.
How long do I have to claim lip injury compensation?
An injury claim will usually need to be made within 3 years of the date or your accident or injury.
For injured children, a claim can be started by a parent or guardian at any time before they turn 18. Thereafter, the injured individual has until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own.
How much compensation can I claim for a lip 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.
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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 are awarded to compensate you for any costs or losses you've incurred or might incur as a result of your accident. These costs might include loss of income, including future loss of income, or any other out of pocket expenses.
Special damages may also be awarded for medical treatments or procedures that you might need to treat your lip injury, including pain medication, cleaning the wound and stitches if needed.
What are the primary causes of lip injury?
Lip injuries can occur in many ways including:
- Impact trauma giving rise to a road traffic accident claim or slip and trip compensation claims
- Assault and other criminal injury
- As part of an accident at work claim, for example, being struck in the face by debris thrown from machinery without safety guards
- Sport injury claims, especially where a safety mouth guard is not used
- Use of unsafe beauty products on the face or lips
- Scald injuries, for example, following a hot drink accident
- Dental negligence.
Compensation for lip injuries is calculated solely by reference to the nature of the injuries and the impact they might have on the claimant's life. The Court does not usually take into account the cause of the accident when calculating the settlement sum.
To make a successful claim, the cause of the accident does matter as it must be shown that the defendant was negligent in some way.
Who is liable for my lip injury?
Determining who is liable depends on the law surrounding the accident of the type that caused the injury and the specific circumstances of the accident.
For example, if the injuries were caused by substandard beauty therapy, the injury lawyer would gather evidence to prove that the treatment was not administered using with reasonable skill and care.
Where the lip injury has been caused at work, a claim may be brought against the employer. Under various pieces of legislation including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a legal obligation to keep their employees safe from harm in the workplace.
An employer who does not take reasonable steps to protect staff from dangerous working conditions may be liable to pay compensation.
What is my lip injury claim worth?
The value of the claim depends on the type, extent and effects of the lip injuries. Since no two cases are the same, the injury lawyer will commission an independent medical examination to assess the seriousness of the lip injury and to determine whether the injury might cause suffering in the future.
The medical expert will also assess the medical expenses that may need to be incurred and whether any time off work is justified. The report of the independent medical professional is used as a basis for the compensation claim.
How did your injury happen?
The claims process for a lip injury will depend on where and how the accident happened. Click the icons below for more information:
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Chris Salmon is a co-founder and Director of Quittance Legal Services. Chris has played key roles in the shaping and scaling of a number of legal services brands and is a regular commentator in the legal press.