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A number of noticeable laceration scars, or a single disfiguring scar of leg(s) or arm(s) or hand(s) or back or chest (male) - £5,000 to £15,000
Where an exploratory laparotomy has been performed but no significant internal injury has been found, the award for the operation and the inevitable scar - In the region of £5,700
A single noticeable scar, or several superficial scars of leg(s) or arm(s) or hand(s) with some minor cosmetic deficit - £1,500 to £5,000
Body scarring is an unfortunate by-product of many different accidents or injuries, each with their own wide-ranging causes and consequences.
Many of the claims our solicitors work on arise as a result of accidents at work, road traffic accidents, or trips and falls, but scarring can also be caused by more unusual accidents, such as animal bites, injuries caused by weapons, and burns and scalds. Regardless of how your scarring was caused, if someone else was to blame then we can help you pursue a compensation claim. Take a look at the information provided above to get an idea of the average amount of compensation you could claim for your injury.
Scars form on the skin when body tissue is broken as a result of a wound. The body produces a protein called collagen to help repair the broken tissue, which, combined with an increased blood supply to the wound, causes the scar to become raised and red for the first few months. Eventually, the wound requires less collagen and less oxygen, leading to the scar becoming smoother and fading over time. However, scars are permanent.
Types of Scars
There are many different kinds of scar, which normally differ either due to the instrument that caused the initial wound or the manner in which the body attempts to heal the wound.
The NHS provides the following categories of scarring:
- flat, pale scars - the most common kind of scar, characterised by a thin, pale line on the skin. However, the larger the initial wound, the larger the scar and the longer the time required for it to fully heal.
- scar contractures - caused when the skin shrinks, often as a result of burns, and leads to a restriction of movement and tightness of the skin once healed.
- hypertrophic scars - raised, red scars that are thicker than usual and can restrict movement. They are caused by an imbalance in the amount of collagen produced when healing a wound.
- keloid scars - similar to hypertrophic scars, keloid scars form when too much collagen is produced at the site of a wound. However, unlike hypertrophic scars, they continue to grow even after the wound has healed.
- atrophic/’ice-pick’ scars - have a sunken appearance and are often caused by skin conditions.
Effects of Body Scarring
While there are many different types of scars, what they all have in common is that they can have a serious impact on those who have to live with a constant reminder of the pain they encountered.
Victims of body scarring typically have to deal with significant psychological damage, often experiencing a loss of confidence - especially if the scarring is visible.
What’s more, a sufferer may feel they are unfairly judged by people they encounter as a result of the scarring, whether in their professional or personal lives.
How Compensation Could Help You
While no amount of money can compensate for your suffering, a successful compensation claim can go some way to relieving the stress you feel and the financial difficulties you may well encounter as a result of your injury.
Compensation for body scarring could contribute to a number of things, including:
- loss of past or future earnings
- plastic surgery
For more information on how to make a compensation claim, click here.