Compensation amounts in facial injury claims
Facial injuries can be the most traumatic type of injury to have to come to terms with after an accident which was not your fault. Even a minor facial injury might leave you with some level of scarring and in the case of a serious injury your appearance might be permanently altered, either by the injury or by subsequent reconstructive surgery. The claims solicitors at Camps can help people who have suffered facial injuries in accidents where they were not at fault to make claim for the accident compensation they deserve.
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In terms of guideline figures for the amounts of compensation likely to be paid out to people, it is once again time to delve into the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines (10th Edition) , and here they are…
For a fracture
A fracture to the face can range from something that might only require minor manipulation to help it to heal fully right up to something that could leave the person affected with lasting facial deformities, or breathing difficulties (especially in the case of fractures to the nose).
Figures for likely compensation amounts involving a fracture range from a very simple fracture that requires no intervention, valued at between £1,125 and £1,650. More substantial injuries such as a fractured cheekbone, might receive compensation between £1,650 and £10,350 depending on whether surgery was required and whether the injured person was left with any permanent side effects such as loss of feeling. At the top end of the scale claims involving complex fractures to the frontal facial bones, or very serious jaw fractures requiring prolonged treatment might see compensation awards of between £15,500 and £24,100 for frontal facial fractures and between £20,000 and £30,000 for the most serious category of jaw fractures.
Damage to your teeth
Teeth are often overlooked when people think about the likely injuries that might occur as a result of an accident. However there are a number of different accidents that might cause you to lose a tooth, such as tripping or slipping accidents, or any accident where you have been hit in the face. A lost tooth might require expensive prosthetic replacement and lengthy trips to the dentist.
At the lowest end of the scale, someone losing or damaging a single tooth in an accident might only stand to receive £720 and £1,125. If a front tooth is lost, then compensation will be in the region of £1,450 to £2,600 and for two front teeth, £2,850 to £5,000. Someone who has lost several front teeth might receive compensation in the region of £5,750 to £7,500.
Disfigurement or facial scarring
Awards of compensation for facial disfigurement rather interestingly differ between the sexes. Women who have been left physically scarred by an accident tend to receive a larger amount of compensation than men, in the case of moderate and serious facial injuries. Also, larger compensation awards may be paid out to people who have had to undergo multiple operations after their accident to repair the damage to their face or to lessen the appearance of any scarring.
Injury claims for very minor scarring will usually result in compensation of about £1,125 to £2,300 for both men and women. Injuries at this level would usually only include very slight scarring that can be camouflaged relatively easily with make-up.
Moderate scarring (also described less significant and significant scarring in the Judicial Studies Board’s guidelines) might attract a award of around £2,600 to £11,800 in men and £2,600 to £19,750 for women. Injuries at the lower end of this level might consist of a series of small scars that are only noticeable up-close, whilst at the upper end, a person might have undergone some plastic surgery and any scarring might be visible from further away.
The highest levels of compensation paid out in the case of facial disfigurement ranges from £11,800 to £43,000 in men and from £20,000 to £64,000 in women. Compensation for injuries at this level would include cases of severe disfigurement where a person also has a psychological reaction to their injuries. The higher end of this category would usually be paid out in cases were the injured person was under 30 at the time of their accident.
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