Claiming compensation for lacerations and scarring
If you've suffered a laceration and scarring as a result of an accident which happened in the last three years and wasn't your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation.
We're the most trusted personal injury specialists in the UK and we have over 26 years' experience in helping people like you find out if they can claim. That means we have the knowledge and experience to be able to offer you the best advice possible.
If you're ready to speak to somebody about your experience or want some advice on what the next steps might be, contact us today for free on . You're under no pressure to start a claim when you call and your details will be held securely and confidentially.
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What is a laceration?
A laceration is a cut or tear in the skin and is a very common type of injury.
Some lacerations are considered a minor injury, in which case they're unlikely to need much medical attention.
However, sometimes a laceration can cause damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and may even cause broken or fractured bones. In these cases, a laceration would be considered a severe injury and will almost always require medical treatment, and in some cases surgery.
We know how painful lacerations can be and appreciate that it may be taking you a long time to make a full recovery. Your laceration may have affected your mobility, stopping you from enjoying your normal routines or even attending work.
As a result of your injury, you may have experienced financial hardship or a loss of earnings. It may also be the case that your deep laceration has resulted in permanent scarring and we understand this can have an effect on your life and confidence, especially if the scarring is visible.
Getting compensation for your laceration or scarring can help to take away some of the financial pressure that you may have suffered, so that you can focus on getting back on track.
We know that no amount of money can take away the pain and suffering that you may have experienced as a result of a laceration, or the emotional trauma of scarring. But receiving compensation for your accident can help to make the aftermath of your situation less stressful and provide you with financial support.
Making a successful compensation claim could cover the costs of medical treatment or any time that you had to take off work as a result of your injury, as well as other expenses.
You may also be able to receive compensation for general damages for the pain and inconvenience that your accident caused you, leaving you with time and space to focus on your recovery.
To find out how much compensation you may be able to claim, try out our industry-leading compensation calculator. Our compensation calculator is a free online tool which asks you some questions about your injury and then gives an estimate of how much you may be able to receive. Any information you give is held securely on our website and is completely confidential.
Starting a claim for lacerations and scarring
The first step to making a claim is to call us on , or alternatively you can fill in our short online form and we'll call you back (usually within 30 minutes during normal working hours).
You'll speak to one of our friendly, legally trained advisors. They'll talk with you about your accident to find out a bit more about what happened. They'll also be happy to answer your questions.
Remember that by calling us there‘s no obligation to start your claim, so if you just want free advice or to talk about what happened, we're here to help and to listen.
We'll let you know if we think you have a claim during your call with us. If you'd like to progress with the next step of claiming and you've given us your permission to continue, we'll start the ball rolling and begin the process of getting you the compensation you deserve for your accident.
We'll find you a solicitor who we think is best suited to deal with your particular claim and pass the details of your accident to them. You'll then be put in contact with them, usually on the same call.
Your solicitor will give you a free legal consultation on the next steps of your claim. They'll explain everything to you, check you're happy to start your case and make sure that you're kept fully informed throughout the process.
They'll also then make contact with the other party and negotiate on your behalf so that you are left with the time to concentrate on more important things.
Effects of lacerations and scarring
If you've suffered a deep laceration, we know how much of an impact this can have on your life. Lacerations can be extremely painful and can cause long-term damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and bones, as well as permanent scarring.
If you've suffered permanent scarring as a result of an accident or medical negligence, please don't feel embarrassed or hesitant about contacting us.
Scarring which is visible or covering the face can seriously affect your confidence. It can result in anxiety about being unfairly judged by the people around you and in cases where people rely on their appearance for their job, scarring can cause lasting financial and emotional problems.
If you received your injury as the result of a traumatic experience such as a car accident or a knife attack, the scarring left behind can be a permanent reminder of what happened.
But scarring doesn't just have an emotional impact, it can also be physically painful. In some cases, lacerations can leave scars which can be sensitive to touch and restrict movement even after they have healed. This is often the case when a laceration becomes infected as this can leave behind an abnormal scar. Scarring from burns can also leave the skin ‘puckered' and tight.
In some serious cases, amputation may even be necessary. If you have had to undergo an amputation as a result of a laceration, this may have had a serious impact on your career and lifestyle.
We believe that everyone has the right to justice. If you've suffered a laceration or scarring as a result of an injury which wasn't your fault, then you may be eligible to make a no win no fee claim.
When you feel ready to talk about what happened, you can call one of our legally trained advisors on for free advice. They'll be happy to answer any questions you have and will be able to let you know whether they think you're eligible to claim.
When you do call us, there is no obligation to continue with the claim, and your phone call will be completely confidential.
Treating lacerations and scarring
Minor lacerations don't normally need much medical attention, so they can usually be treated at home. You should make sure that the cut is kept clean so that it doesn't get infected and cover it with a plaster.
If you've suffered a deep laceration, then it's very important that you get medical advice as soon as possible. If too much time passes before a laceration is treated, then the cut can become infected. Infected lacerations are extremely painful and can leave behind abnormal scars.
If, through no fault of your own, it has taken too long for your laceration to be treated and this delay could have been avoided, then you may be able to make a medical negligence claim, particularly if this has resulted in an infection or severe scarring.
Lacerations are often treated with stitches, tissue glue or adhesive tape. In more severe cases X-rays or even surgery may be needed if the cut has caused internal damage or broken bones.
Wounds must always be thoroughly cleaned and then kept clean and dry until they have healed. You should also avoid picking the cut as it's healing because this can make the scarring worse.
Unfortunately, it's difficult to completely remove scarring. But there are treatments which can help to make scars less noticeable.
These treatments range from over the counter or prescription creams and gels which can minimise redness to injections and laser therapy which can reduce swelling and flatten the scar. In cases where scars restrict movement, surgery may be needed to release the tightness.
No win no fee
Our solicitors can help you make a no win no fee claim. This means that even if your claim is unsuccessful, you won't be charged a penny. Making a no win no fee claim with us means that there is no financial risk involved, so you can rest assured that you will not be left out of pocket or with a nasty charge.
You don't deserve any more surprises. That's why you'll know before starting your claim the fee your solicitor will charge if your case is successful.
Your solicitor will also make sure that you are kept informed throughout your case and will be on hand to help you throughout the process.
There are some instances where you may not be eligible to make a no win no fee claim. In the unlikely event that this is the case, your solicitor will let you know beforehand and will talk you through the options available.
Why choose us?
We know how valuable financial stability is to your recovery, both physically and emotionally and we don't believe anybody should be left out of pocket and without an apology when they've suffered in an accident that wasn't their fault.
We're proud of our experience working with personal injury claims and we're proud to offer more than just a compensation service, because more than anything, we want to help you.
Our advice is always completely free and confidential, and there's no obligation to start your case when you contact us.
So if you want someone to talk to about your accident, call us today on .