If you are looking to claim for Permanent Scar Compensation, you need the support of expert solicitors.
Having a visual difference can have a huge impact on your self-confidence, and if you’ve been scarred or disfigured in an accident that was not your fault, it can take a colossal toll on your life, affecting you both physically and psychologically. At Brian Barr Solicitors we help you to make a facial scarring claim for compensation for your injuries and for the effect they had on your life.
Disfigurement is when a person has experienced something that spoils or affects their appearance, such as a scar, burn, skin texture, a missing body limb or a differently shaped body part. If severe disfigurement has a substantial adverse effect on the patient’s ability to complete normal daily tasks and activity, it can be legally considered a disability.
Disfigurement is not always obvious to the outside world. Some scars or disfigurement may not be glaringly obvious immediately, for example if they are hidden by clothing – however this does not make them any less of a visible difference and can still be extremely challenging.
This is why having legal advice from specialist permanent scar compensation claims solicitors can truly make the difference, and ensure your life is back on track following a scarring injury.
Types of disfigurement include:
If you have acquired disfigurement that was caused by an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a scar injury claim.
Scars are noticeable marks that can occur after a wound has healed, and they are a regular part of the healing process of cuts, burns, and abrasions. Scars are common and can vary in appearance, depending on how they initially occurred. They can transpire for a variety of reasons, including:
The impact of scars can depend on the location of where they are on the body, their size, the individual’s skin type and genetics, and also the type of scar. Some scars are flat scars that gradually fade over time, while keloid scars unfortunately keep growing past the original site of the skin injury and frequently have a raised appearance.
While time and some treatments can reduce the appearance of scars, unfortunately nothing can completely remove them from the skin.
In the UK, personal injury claims must be made within 3 years from the original accident, or from the date of knowledge. This is the time the full extent and effect of your injuries has been diagnosed.
There are a number of circumstances which may affect the time limit your scar injury is subject to, such as accidents involving children or those lacking mental capacity.
If you’re unsure about your claim’s validity, contact Brian Barr Solicitors today. Our expertise is scar injury compensation claims will be the basis of our bespoke, clear legal advice.
During the scar injury claims process, it is vital to prove clearly that your injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence. Being able to identify a guilty party, prove their negligence, and relate your scar injuries to the accident is the fundamental process through which it is decided that you are entitled to claim for compensation.
Evidence you can use to support your claim for a scarring injury include:
Accident reports: if your scar is the result of a workplace accident, then you must make sure that a proper accident report is filed. This may include a RIDDOR report, and informing the HSE of the accident and resulting injuries.
Witness statements: the recollection of witnesses of the accident can be very helpful during a compensation claim. You should note the details of any persons present at the scene of the accident, including contact information.
Photographic and video evidence: evidence such as CCTV footage or photos of the scene of the accident can help you build a strong case for your compensation. Our solicitors may help you obtain CCTV footage from a business, but this must be done timely, as footage is routinely deleted.
Proof of losses and expenses: any costs you have incurred as a result of your scarring injury, such as medical treatments, transportation, or time off work, can be included in your claim. Keeping an organised record of any losses and costs is important.
Medical reports: the severity and effects of your injuries will be the basis on which the compensation amount you are entitled to is calculated. Any medical record or assessment of your injuries should be documented carefully.
Our expert scarring injury solicitors can help you document and organise all the evidence related to your claim, ensuring you have a strong case. The team at Brian Barr is highly skilled and experienced in obtaining compensation for claimants. Contact us today.
If you are involved in an accident at work and suffer from serious burns, scarring, or disfigurement due to inadequate safety measures or faulty equipment, then your employer is liable to compensate you for your pain, suffering and financial losses.
Scarring or disfigurement can be caused by a variety of reasons and are often due to fire, electricity, chemicals, contact with hot substances and surfaces or exposure to radiation.
Brian Barr are specialist personal injury solicitors and can help you get compensation for their accident at work. We can make all the arrangements for you, just get in touch with us. We understand both the physical and psychological effects of the trauma and will ensure that both areas are taken into deep consideration when claiming for compensation.
Every person and every case is unique and we can advise on the support you may require going forward. When seeking compensation we will look at both general damages and special damages and ensure you are not out of pocket and have a plan in place for your future rehabilitation.
The most common physical injuries to culminate in disfigurement and scarring include:
This is not an exhaustive list, and many injuries and accidents can cause scarring.
When calculating compensation claims we will look at the severity of the accident and the costs generally associated with the following:
This list is not exhaustive, and our permanent scar compensation claim solicitors will look at all areas that may be relevant to your claim.
Covering the cost of your compensation claim with Brian Barr Solicitors need not be stressful as there are various options available to you. We can often act for you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), often called a ‘no win no fee’ arrangement. You would be liable for a limited capped proportion of your damages to us if you win, and absolutely nothing if you lose.
We are here to ensure you are not financially struggling when it comes to bringing forward a claim, and will offer you peace of mind throughout the whole process.
As long as you comply with the terms of your Legal Expenses Insurance policy, if you have one, you do not need to worry about any legal fees that you could incur if your claim is unsuccessful. Our CFA only applies to our fees, but you may be subject to disbursements such as court fees and medical expert fees regardless of the outcome of your claim.
LEI may cover these costs, but often your insurers will tell you that you will have to use one of their panel solicitors to take full advantage of the policy. You may be exempt from this in the following circumstances:
Personal Injury claims involving scarring and disfigurement are complex therefore it is important to have a specialist solicitor whose expertise and focus is in this area to ensure your claim is not misrepresented or undervalued. We can often liaise with your insurer to allow us to act for you. The expertise of your solicitors is vital, as is their understanding of your case. Our access to leading medical experts can help you reach a compensation settlement that you’re satisfied with, and allows you to support your care needs.
While some solicitors may not take any deductions from damages, we do, given our expertise in dealing with complex personal injury claims. However, we are confident that the amount you receive in your hand after all fees will be far greater than 100% of damages obtained by a non-specialist firm. We have frequently taken over cases, where solicitors advised our clients that the claim was worth no more than £10,000 and we recovered over £100,000 in damages.
However, what is important to know is that you will not be out of pocket in either case if we act for you on a No Win No Fee basis.