Permanent scar compensation

Permanent scar compensation

For getting your life back on track

Permanent scars can cause physical and emotional harm. Scars can affect your self-esteem, your interactions with others and even your career prospects. The emotional toll can be as significant as the physical effects, causing stress and anxiety about your appearance and future.

If your scarring is the result of someone else's negligence or direct actions, you might be entitled to compensation for both the pain and suffering caused and any financial setbacks you've experienced.

At Switalskis, we understand how life-changing a permanent scar can be. Specialising in permanent scar compensation claims, our team has helped many people take legal action for their suffering, and we’re here to guide you through the legal process. We approach each case with the sensitivity and focus it deserves.

Whether your scarring came from an accident or a violent incident, we're here to help you claim the compensation you deserve. With Switalskis, you're not just getting legal advice; you're gaining a supportive team committed to achieving the best outcome for you.

To discuss your specific situation and find out how we can assist you, call us today on 0800 138 0458, or reach out to us through our website.

How Switalskis can help

We understand that living with a permanent scar can be a daily struggle, affecting both your emotional wellbeing and your social interactions. That's why our team is here to help you claim the compensation you deserve. When you get in touch, we'll have a chat about your specific situation to gauge the viability of your claim. We'll break down the claims process for you to make it as simple and stress-free as possible.

Our team will be with you every step of the way, simplifying each stage of the claim so you can focus on your own wellbeing.

Our solicitors will work to understand how your scarring has impacted your life. Our compassionate and thorough approach lets us work closely with you, guiding you towards a fair settlement and seeing what rehabilitation is possible in order to improve the appearance of any scarring, if appropriate. Scarring that is visible or covering the face can seriously affect your confidence and can cause lasting financial and emotional problems.

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How can negligence lead to permanent scarring?

Permanent scars can have a lasting impact on your life, often resulting from someone else's negligence. Here are some typical circumstances where you might get a permanent scar due to negligence:

  • Workplace incidents: Employers are responsible for creating a safe work environment. Lack of safety measures or inadequate training can lead to accidents causing permanent scars.
  • Road traffic accidents: Reckless driving or failure to observe traffic rules can result in accidents that leave you scarred. If another driver is at fault, you could make a claim.
  • Animal attacks: Owners are responsible for controlling their pets. If you’ve been scarred due to an animal attack, the owner or person in charge of an animal at the time of your attack could be held accountable.
  • Public places: Businesses and public areas must be safe for visitors. Hazards like exposed sharp objects or unsafe structures can lead to injuries and scarring.
  • Assaults: Deliberate acts of violence can result in permanent scars. In these cases, you may need to claim through the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA), which has its own set of rules, but we can guide you through this as well.

At Switalskis, we're committed to helping those who've suffered from permanent scarring due to someone else's negligence. We understand the emotional and toll it can take, and we're here to guide you towards your recovery and the compensation you deserve.

What aspects of permanent scarring can be claimed for?

When it comes to permanent scarring, the impact isn't just skin deep. The consequences can impact various aspects of your life, both emotionally and financially. Here's what you can typically claim for:

  • Physical pain and suffering: The immediate pain caused by the injury that led to the scar can be part of your claim.
  • Emotional distress: Scars can take a toll on your mental health, affecting your self-esteem and overall wellbeing.
  • Medical costs: Any treatment you've needed, whether it's emergency care, surgical or cosmetic camouflage procedures to reduce scarring or ongoing medical expenses, can be claimed for.
  • Loss of earnings: If your scarring has affected your ability to work, either temporarily or permanently, you could claim for lost wages.
  • Impact on lifestyle: If the scar has limited your ability to engage in activities you once enjoyed, or has otherwise impacted your quality of life, this can be included.
  • Psychological support: If you've needed counselling or other forms of psychological support or therapy as a direct result of your scarring, these costs can be claimed.

We understand that no amount of money can truly make up for the emotional and physical suffering caused by permanent scarring, but it can significantly ease the financial burden and offer some closure.

Making a permanent scar compensation claim

Going through the process of claiming compensation for permanent scarring can be overwhelming. That's why our dedicated team of solicitors is here to handle the complex legal aspects of your case while keeping you informed at every stage.

Here's a step-by-step guide to how the claims process usually unfolds:

Step 1: Initial consultation

Your claims process starts when you get in touch with our personal injury team. We'll chat about the specifics of your scarring, giving you a clearer idea of what you might be able to claim for.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

If you decide to go ahead, we'll start gathering all the evidence we need. This will include medical records, photographs of the scarring and any relevant incident reports or witness statements. If you've had financial losses due to the scarring, we'll collect evidence for that too.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we've got a solid case, we'll contact the person or organisation responsible for your scarring, as well as their insurance company if applicable, to let them know you're claiming compensation.

Step 4: Negotiation

If the defendant admits fault, we can move straight to arranging how much compensation you'll likely receive. If they don't, we may need to take the case to court.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

Not all scarring claims end up in court, but if yours does, you can trust us to present your case effectively and fight for your rights.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

Once your claim is successful, we'll make sure you get the compensation you're entitled to, covering both the emotional and financial impact the scarring has had on your life.

Throughout this journey, we'll keep you updated on how things are going. With us by your side, you can focus on what's really important: moving forward and healing, both physically and emotionally, with the finances you need.

What are the time limits for making a permanent scar compensation claim?

Generally, personal injury claims, including those covering permanent scarring, have to be started within three years of the incident.

Here are some exceptions to the standard three-year rule:

  • Children: If the scarring happens to a child, you can start a claim any time before their 18th birthday. After turning 18, they have until they're 21 to make a claim themselves.
  • Mental capacity: If you're making a claim for someone who can't do it themselves due to mental incapacity, the usual time limits may not apply.

We know that each case is different and comes with its own set of challenges. The sooner we get started, the stronger your claim is likely to be. Get in touch with our team as soon as you can so we can get started on securing the compensation you deserve.

What aspects of permanent scarring can be claimed for?

When it comes to claiming compensation for permanent scarring, the law generally divides damages into two categories when pursuing a civil claim for compensation:

  • General damages cover the physical and psychological trauma that you have suffered due to your scarring. The compensation value of your general damages is calculated based on the Judicial College Guidelines and will be higher if your damages are more severe.
  • Special damages cover the financial aspects of your scarring, including medical costs, loss of earnings and the costs of future expenses. To claim your finances back, you will need to provide evidence of your out-of-pocket expenses and losses.

To discuss your specific situation and find out how we can assist you, call us today on 0800 138 0458, or reach out to us through our website.

How are permanent scar compensation claims funded?

We manage the majority of our personal injury claims on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you'll only need to pay our legal fees if we win your case. If we do secure a win, a pre-agreed amount of your final compensation will go towards covering these costs. We will discuss your funding options with you in our initial consultation.

What to remember when making a permanent scar compensation claim

Here's what you can do to strengthen your chances of getting the compensation and support you deserve:

  • Seek medical attention: Medical records/reports are often the cornerstones of a successful compensation claim. A healthcare professional's assessment of your scarring can be a powerful piece of evidence.
  • Report the incident: Whether your scarring happened at work, in a public space or elsewhere, make sure to inform the relevant authorities or management. This not only creates an official record but could also help prevent similar incidents affecting others.
  • Take photographs: If possible, take clear photos of the cause of your injury and the scar itself. These can be invaluable when it comes to proving your case.

Remember, seeking legal help isn't just about getting a payout. It's about making sure you've got the right support for your physical and emotional recovery. With us by your side, you're not just a case; you're a person who deserves the right support in aiding you to recovery.

Our permanent scar compensation specialists

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Stephanie VeyseySenior Associate Solicitor
Katrina ElseySenior Associate Litigation Executive
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Louise MoorePortal Co-ordinator
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Why Switalskis?

Our solicitors are experts in the field of permanent scar compensation. We're committed to guiding you through each step, offering clear and compassionate legal advice tailored to your situation.

Clarity in complexity

We'll explain any complicated legal language, answer your questions and make sure you're informed at every stage. We aim to make the process as simple as possible, so you can focus on what really matters.

Empathy at every step

We get that this is more than just a legal issue for you; it's a life-changing event. We want to understand your worries, acknowledge your feelings and offer advice that fits your needs. You're not just a case to us; you're a person going through a tough time, and we're here to support you.

Expertise you can trust

When it comes to permanent scar compensation, you need a legal team you can rely on. With Switalskis, you're in safe hands. We've got a wealth of experience and a strong track record in handling compensation claims of all kinds. You can trust us to fight your corner

Championing your rights

Our primary goal is to make sure your voice gets heard and your rights are upheld. We'll stand by you through every stage of the claims process, helping you to make the best decisions for your situation.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you’re struggling with the effects of permanent scarring, we may be able to help. For more information, call us on 0800 1380 458 or get in touch with us through our website.

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