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If you've sustained a laceration in an accident that wasn't your fault, you could be eligible to make a laceration compensation claim.

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Laceration Claims

Lacerations are cuts in the skin that can also affect the underlying tissue. These can be caused by various accidents, such as car collisions, pedestrian accidents, workplace accidents, criminal assaults, and surgical mistakes. They pose a risk of infection and can lead to scars, nerve damage, chronic pain, and restricted mobility.

If you’ve suffered a laceration due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to make a laceration claim. An experienced solicitor will help you to secure compensation for your pain and suffering, mental distress and any financial losses resulting from your injury.

For free legal advice, do not hesitate to call us on 0800 678 1410 or enter your details into our online claim form. We will connect you with one of our partner solicitors, who will guide you through every step of the claims process and provide a no win no fee service.

What are laceration injuries?

Lacerations are wounds that affect the skin and, in severe cases, the tissues beneath the skin, including muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves. They are typically caused by sharp objects such as knives, broken glass, or metal, but they can also result from blunt force trauma that causes the skin to split. The signs and symptoms of a laceration include:

  • Minor to severe bleeding
  • Immediate pain, which can be throbbing or sharp and persist during healing
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Redness and bruising
  • Numbness and tingling if nerves are damaged
  • Movement restrictions if they affect joints or tendons
  • The formation of scar tissue as the wound heals

Deep lacerations that are not adequately cleaned and disinfected can lead to infections, with symptoms such as:

  • Drainage of clear, yellow, or green fluid from the wound
  • Worsening pain and swelling
  • A foul smell from the wound
  • Fever, which indicates a systemic response to the infection
  • Skin that feels warm or hot to the touch

Prompt medical attention is crucial for lacerations, especially if they are deep, bleeding heavily, or show signs of infection.

What is the treatment and outcome of a laceration wound?

The treatment and outcome of your wound will largely depend on its severity and location. Shallow cuts that affect only the outer layer of the skin most often heal quickly and with minimal medical care. Serious lacerations may need:

  • Cleaning the wound thoroughly to reduce the risk of infection;
  • Closing the wound with stitches, staples or adhesive strips;
  • Covering the wound with a sterile dressing or bandage;
  • Medication to relieve the pain caused by your injury.

Superficial cuts may completely heal within days to weeks, while deeper wounds may take several weeks or longer. Large or deep lacerations typically heal with some degree of scarring, which can be permanent. Other possible complications include damage to the nerves or blood vessels.

Am I eligible to make a laceration injury claim?

The easiest way to find out if you can make a laceration claim is by getting in touch with an experienced legal adviser. They will offer you a free assessment to determine whether:

  • Another party, such as a road user or your employer, owed you a duty of care;
  • They breached their duty by acting negligently and causing an accident;
  • You suffered a laceration injury due to their negligence.

A legal duty will be established by legislation such as the Road Traffic Act 1988 or the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. If your case has merit, you will be paired with a solicitor who will be working on your claim on a no win no fee basis. They will work hard to make the claims process as straightforward and stress-free as possible, so that you can focus on your recovery and your day-to-day life.

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What evidence do I need to support my laceration claim?

Whether you suffered a laceration at work, in a car accident or an accident in a public place such as a supermarket, you’ll need relevant evidence to show who was at fault and how the injury has affected your life. The type of evidence available will vary depending on the type of accident that caused your injury, but could include the following:

  • Photographs or videos of the accident scene and any hazards that contributed to it before anything is removed or repaired;
  • CCTV or dash cam footage if available;
  • Pictures of your injury, the recovery process and any permanent scars or disfigurement;
  • Medical records that show the severity of your injury and the treatments you received;
  • A medical assessment with an independent specialist that your solicitor will arrange for you;
  • Witness statements from anybody else who saw what happened;
  • Statements from friends and family who saw how the injury has affected your life;
  • A copy of an accident report can help confirm where and when the accident occurred;
  • You also need financial records that prove the losses incurred due to the injury, such as receipts, wage slips and bank statements.

Once your solicitor has collated all of the available evidence, they will send a notification form to the defendant and start the injury claims process.

Common causes of lacerations

There are many everyday situations that can lead to a compensation claim for a laceration or scar, such as:

  • Road traffic accidents – Due to collisions or impact with broken glass and sharp objects within the vehicle;
  • Workplace accidents – Often caused by unsafe machinery, tools or hazardous conditions;
  • Public place accidents – Such as slipping on a wet floor or tripping on a pothole or broken pavement;
  • Criminal assaults – The use of fists, kicks, or weapons such as knives and broken bottles can lead to severe laceration injuries during altercations;
  • Faulty products – Examples include defective tools or equipment, malfunctioning blades or toys with sharp edges;
  • Medical negligence – Mistakes during surgery or treating a laceration can also entitle you to make a claim for compensation;
  • School accidents—If your child has suffered a laceration from unsafe equipment or inadequate supervision, you could claim compensation on their behalf.

No matter what type of accident you’ve had, it’s important to consult with an experienced solicitor to determine your chance of being compensated for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.

Can I claim compensation following an accident at work?

If you suffered a laceration injury while doing your job, you might be able to claim compensation from your employer. Your solicitor will determine whether there was a breach of duty of care by referring to workplace legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Examples of employer liability include:

  • Failure to conduct risk assessments;
  • Not providing adequate training and information on the safe use of tools and machinery;
  • Failure to maintain a safe working environment that is free of hazards;
  • Not supplying the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves or cut-resistant clothing;
  • Poorly maintained equipment and machinery;
  • Failure to properly store or secure sharp objects;
  • Not establishing or following safety protocols and procedures.

If you start an accident at work claim, you do not have to worry that this will affect your job. Under unfair dismissal laws, your employer cannot sack you or discipline you for exercising this legal right. If they do so, you can make a further claim at an employment tribunal.

How much compensation for a laceration could I get?

The amount of compensation you could receive for a laceration claim will depend on several factors, such as the location and severity of the wound and the circumstances of your accident. Personal injury compensation is awarded based on two types of damages resulting from the incident:

  • General damages. These cover the physical pain and suffering caused to you, any emotional distress and the impact on your hobbies and daily life.
  • Special damages. These cover the financial losses and expenses related to the injury, such as medical treatments, travel expenses, care costs, loss of earnings and damage to your personal property.

While special damages are easy to calculate based on evidence, such as receipts and invoices, the compensation for your suffering is a bit trickier to estimate. The latter will be based on guidelines from the Judicial College and could be up to £97,330 for a severe facial wound causing disfigurement.

Can I make a laceration compensation claim on behalf of my child?

Yes, parents are generally entitled to make a personal injury claim on behalf of their children. This involves applying to the court to be named as their litigation friend, providing evidence that there is no conflict of interest between you and that you can fairly conduct legal proceedings. If approved, you will have several responsibilities, such as liaising with solicitors, making decisions about the case and deciding on whether to accept a settlement offer from the defendant.

If you manage to secure laceration compensation for your child, this must be approved at an Infant Approval Hearing. A judge will look at the available evidence and determine whether the compensation awarded is fair and sufficient. The funds are typically kept in a court bank account or a personal injury trust and released to the child on their 18th birthday.

What is the time limit to start a claim for a laceration?

Laceration compensation claims typically have a three-year limitation date starting from the accident date. This timeframe is set by the Limitation Act 1980 and must be respected, or your case will be statute-barred and no longer valid. There are a few exceptions to the general rule:

  • With child accident claims, a parent can start legal proceedings at any time before the child’s 18th birthday, after which they have three years to start a claim themselves.
  • There is no limitation date to start a laceration injury claim on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity. This could be due to a brain injury, PTSD, or another condition such as Alzheimer’s.
  • If you sustained the laceration due to a criminal assault, there is a two-year time limit to claim through the CICA.
  • There is a seven-year limitation date for claims through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) following a military accident.

How long will my laceration claim take?

The duration of a laceration injury compensation claim can vary widely, depending on several factors. These include the type of accident you were injured in, the severity of your injury, the case’s complexity, whether the other party admits liability and the settlement negotiations.

If your case is straightforward, it could be settled within a few months. If you have suffered severe injuries and the case is more complicated, it could take several years to resolve.

Your personal injury solicitor will work hard to settle your case as soon as possible. They may also be able to secure an interim payment on your behalf if you need financial assistance with medical bills or to make up for lost wages during recovery.

Will I have to go to court to make a personal injury claim?

It is unlikely that your claim will go to court, as more than 95% of all personal injury claims are settled without a trial. Even if your solicitor must issue court proceedings, negotiations with the other side will continue up until the trial date. They will likely be successful as both parties benefit from settling. Your laceration claim may go to court if:

  • The other party does not admit breaching their duty of care towards you;
  • You cannot agree on the value of your compensation claim;
  • The defendant is slow to respond or unresponsive;
  • You want to apply for interim payments;
  • Your case is particularly complex and involves multiple parties or medical negligence.

Can I get a No Win No Fee service?

If you are eligible to claim for a laceration that resulted from somebody else’s negligence, your solicitor will help you start the claims process on a no win no fee basis. That means you do not need to pay any legal fees upfront. Furthermore, you won’t need to pay them anything if your case fails.

Your personal injury lawyer only gets a success fee if they secure compensation for your losses. This fee is pre-agreed and capped at 25% of your settlement. In addition, you also have After the Event (ATE) insurance against the costs and disbursements incurred during litigation, including the defendant’s.

If you want to discuss your claim with a friendly solicitor, call 0800 678 1410 or request a call back by entering your details here. They will offer you a free initial consultation with no obligation to proceed.