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Skin Injury or Condition
|Burns covering 40% or more of the body||No less than £83,550|
|Several noticeable scars or one disfiguring scar (not to the face)||£6,240 - £18,120|
|A single noticeable scar or several superficial scars (not to the face)||£1,890 - £6,240|
Have you suffered a skin condition or scarring that was caused by somebody else’s negligence, and want to know how much compensation you are entitled to claim? JMW Solicitors can help you find out how much you could be owed.
The estimates given above have been generated by JMW’s Compensation Calculator, which uses the Judicial College Injury Tables to provide a guideline of how much you could be entitled to claim. Using this information, you can make a decision about whether or not you wish to begin the claims process.
For a more accurate calculation of how much your skin condition claim might be worth or to formally begin proceedings, get in touch with the expert solicitors at JMW by calling 0800 054 6570, or by filling in our online enquiry form to request a call back. You can find out more about our personal injury claim services here.
What Should I Do Next?
Now that you know how much your skin scarring or skin condition claim could potentially be worth, it is important to take the right steps to successfully move the claims process forward.
The most useful action to take is to speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your case and personal circumstances. This will allow you to obtain personalised and more accurate advice on how much you could claim, as well as weighing up your legal options.
If you choose to begin the compensation claims process in earnest, your solicitor will make contact with the party responsible for your injuries, and start compiling the strongest possible case for you. By gathering evidence and reviewing all of the available information, they can help you achieve the best outcome and receive a fair compensation settlement.
What Can Affect the Value of a Compensation Claim?
The value of a compensation award accounts for more than just the injury itself. It is also based on the wider impact of the incident on the individual’s life, finances and professional prospects, in order to properly reflect the damage they have sustained.
Determining the level of compensation for skin scarring or a skin condition can be particularly difficult, because this type of compensation claim is relatively uncommon and usually complex in scope. The payout will need to be calculated according to its effects on the injured party, any long-term scarring sustained and the impact on the individual’s work and home life.
By speaking to your legal team, you will be able to get an accurate appraisal of how many of these factors are relevant in your case, and how much you could be owed as a result.
How Can Compensation Help?
Skin injuries and conditions can have a huge and long-lasting impact on you and those around you, with some of these consequences often being lifelong.
Compensation awards will help to fund your medical and rehabilitation bills, and cover the costs of any lost earnings. If your injuries were so severe that you are not able to make a full recovery after your accident, the money can be used to pay for long-term treatment and cosmetic surgery.
Additionally, compensation can help to help you to recover from any psychological impact that has been caused by your injury, providing peace of mind and helping you move on with your life.
Types of Injuries to the Skin and Skin Conditions
There are many ways in which your skin can become damaged in accidents that have happened as a result of someone else’s negligence. We have helped former clients claim for a range of injuries and conditions, including dermatitis, burns and scalds, scars and lacerations and damage caused by laser hair removal.
This is a common skin condition in which we have a number of years’ experience in helping individuals who have suffered with the skin condition due to someone else’s negligence. Symptoms can be diverse and may have a long-lasting effect on sufferers, ranging from rashes, itching and cracked skin to psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety.
There are many types of dermatitis, each with their own causes, including:
- Atopic - the most common form of dermatitis, caused by abnormal function in the body’s immune system. The symptoms of itchy and inflamed skin can worsen around triggers, including soaps and detergents, cold and dry weather and certain materials and foods.
- Contact - caused by exposure to an allergen or irritant, such as chemicals or dust in a workplace. It causes the skin to become red and itchy and may have a burning sensation.
- Allergic contact - caused by a substance that forces a reaction in your body. It has similar symptoms to contact dermatitis but can also cause weeping around the area of interaction.
- Neuro - caused if you repeatedly scratch and pick off skin, which leaves scabs and scars.
- Nummular - it is not known what causes nummular dermatitis (also known as discoid), but it occurs most frequently in elderly men and those with a history of eczema, asthma or other allergies.
- Seborrhoeic - this affects the face and scalp, causing yellow, oily and scaly patches on the skin. There is no known cause; however, stress, uncleanliness and the weather can increase the risk of development.
You can make a compensation claim if your dermatitis was caused by the negligence of another person. For instance, it may have originated from exposure to dust or chemicals in your workplace or was the result of a hairdresser’s failure to provide a patch test before using a solution on your hair.
Regardless of how a skin condition has developed, as long as it was caused by somebody else’s negligence then you are eligible to make a claim.
Burns and Scalds
We also regularly handle cases involving burns and scalds by working with individuals who have suffered damage to their skin as the result of a range of accidents. If someone else’s negligence was to blame - whether that was due to botched beauty treatments, a lack of protective equipment provided to work with corrosive chemicals or working with ovens and hobs in an unsafe kitchen environment - we can help.
The effects of burns and scalding injuries are diverse and can be long-lasting, both physically and psychologically. Making a compensation claim will allow you to address the financial ramifications your injury has had on you, as well as recompense you for the pain and suffering caused, ensuring you are able to focus on your recovery.
To find out more about making a claim for a burn or scald, visit our dedicated page.
Talk to Us
To find out how to make a skin injury claim, speak to JMW Solicitors today. Our team can give you a clearer idea of how much your claim could be worth and guide you through the whole process.