Lip Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a lip injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a lip 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
lip injury compensation:
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.
Do I have a lip injury claim?
As a basic rule, you will be eligible to make a lip injury claim if you sustained an injury:
- in the last three years, and;
- someone else was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
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 lip injury claim on their own behalf.
Can I still claim if I didn't report the lip injury?
If you did not report the accident it can make it more difficult to pursue a lip injury claim, but a claim may still be possible. This will depend on the circumstances of your case and on the other evidence available.
The amount of money you could claim for your lip 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 lip 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 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 for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after a lip injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
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.
General damages for a serious facial injury can be £24,000
For a less severe scarring, in isolation, you would typically receive £3,500.
However, if you have a serious facial injury and a less severe scarring, you would typically receive £24,000 + a reduced percentage of £3,500.
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 lip 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 lip injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your lip injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
Should I set up a personal injury trust?
If you are receiving means-tested benefits and are awarded compensation following a lip injury injury, your benefits could be affected. In order to ring fence your compensation and protecting your benefits, you may be able to set up a "Personal Injury Trust" or "PI Trust". Read more: Should I set up a personal injury trust?
Calculate my lip injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a lip 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 lip injury claim could be worth now:
How long does a lip injury claim take?
How long it can take to get compensation for a lip injury can vary significantly.
For instance, a straightforward liability accepted injury claim might be concluded in a few weeks. If the defendant denies liability, a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 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 lip 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.
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 occur?
The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:
No win, no fee - the facts
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If you have been injured and it wasn't your fault, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making a lip injury compensation claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my lip injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, only after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my lip injury claim?
If your lip injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees at all. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
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, and 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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Lip 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.
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.
How long do I have to make a lip injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the lip injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your lip injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for a lip 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 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim lip injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a lip injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
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.
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.
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.
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.