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Lacerations and Scarring Compensation Claims

Introduction to Lacerations and Scarring Injuries
  About Lacerations and Scarring
Risks of Lacerations and Scarring
  Common Complications of Lacerations and Scarring
Treatment of Lacerations and Scarring
  What to do after suffering a Laceration and sustaining Scarring
Common Causes of Lacerations and Scarring
  People at risk from Lacerations and Scarring
News stories we have published about laceration and scarring claims we have dealt with
  Successful laceration and scarring compensation claims
Lacerations and Scarring Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a compensation claim after suffering a Laceration and Scar

Introduction to Lacerations and Scarring Injuries

About Lacerations and Scarring

A laceration (cut) is a tear in the skin which results from an injury. Lacerations are among the most common of all injuries and many will require little or no treatment. Deeper lacerations may damage underlying structures such as nerves, tendons, muscles or even bones causing a break or fracture. In very severe cases lacerations may even result in an amputation. The depth of the laceration will determine the treatment required.

Any laceration will leave some scar tissue behind and it is estimated that 23 million adults in the UK have some sort of scar. A scar is an area of tissue that forms in most cases following an injury. The depth and size of a wound or incision will influence the scar’s appearance, but also age, heredity, sex and race, will all affect the scarring process.

Scars can also result from scald or burn injuries. Some scarring can become ‘puckered’ where the soft tissue contracts during the healing process and it possible in such cases that further surgical procedures to release or ease the scarring becomes necessary. In serious cases, skin grafts can become necessary.

Severe Industrial Dermatitis can also leave residual scarring and ‘pock marks’ as can one off or repeated exposures to chemicals or abrasive liquids or materials. This can even happen where there is sustained long term exposure to heat, radiation or even extreme cold temperatures.

‘Jute’ carpet burns have been known to leave scarring on knees, elbows arms and hands after a fall because of the abrasive nature of this natural fibrous material coming into contact with unprotected soft tissue. Jute can be used or be present in carpets, rugs, sacks, bags and ropes or hessian products.

If you have suffered a laceration and scarring as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim. For more information and advice on how Thompsons Solicitors can help you, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Risks of Lacerations and Scarring

Common Complications of Lacerations and Scarring

The most common risk of any laceration is infection; signs of this include swelling and redness surrounding the affected area, discharge coming from the wound and an increase in pain. The risk of infection can be minimised by cleaning the wound thoroughly and keeping it clean and dry. Infections can be treated using antibiotics and / or in some cases a tetanus injection. A tetanus injection is widely administered when saliva gets into the wound in cases such as dog bites.

Abnormal scars are a risk following an infection. Abnormal scars can often restrict movement and / or be much more sensitive to touch.

Where the scarring is unsightly, this can cause significant anxiety and embarrassment. This can occur when the scarring is prominent or noticeable particularly in relation to facial scarring. The Courts will take these features into account when considering compensation.

If you or anyone you know has sustained a laceration and suffered scarring due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. To find out if Thompsons Solicitors can help you, contact us on 08000 224 224.

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Treatment of Lacerations and Scarring

What to do after suffering a Laceration and sustaining Scarring

For minor lacerations, treatment can be administered at home by cleaning the wound and applying a simple dressing. However, for deeper lacerations it is important to seek medical attention as internal structures may have been damaged.  In some cases x-rays may be taken and surgery may be required. Alternatively a medical professional may be able to treat the injury with adhesive tape or tissue glue. Stitches to the surface of the skin are also a popular method as they help stop bleeding, protect the tissues underneath and lessen the scarring.

Some scarring cannot be completely prevented, but it is important not to pick the wound during the healing process as this can worsen a scars appearance. Scar treatments include over the counter or prescription creams, ointments and gels, surgical procedures and injections.

If you have been a victim of a laceration and scar that wasn’t you fault, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Contact us on 08000 224 224 for more information.

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Common Causes of Lacerations and Scarring

People at risk from Lacerations and Scarring

At Thompsons some of the most common laceration and scarring compensation claims we deal with are caused by:

Scarring can also be a common consequence of clinical negligence.

If you have sustained a laceration and scarring as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make an accident compensation claim. For more information on how we can assist you, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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News stories we have published about laceration and scarring claims we have dealt with

Successful laceration and scarring compensation claims

In the past we have published many different news stories on our website about personal injury compensation claims we have dealt with for people who have suffered lacerations and / or scarring due to someone else's negligence.

To read a selection of these, follow the links below or to read all of our news stories, visit our News Desk.

24th September 2013 - South Yorkshire steel factory compensate scarred worker
9th January 2013 - Family compensated after death of mother in car accident
9th November 2012 - Train driver compensated after career ruined in motorbike accident
1st November 2012 - Gas blast victim compensated after support from Unite Legal Services
11th October 2012 - Family of cancer sufferer compensated after injury caused by builders in home
9th October 2012 - Welder compensated after faulty crane leads to steel beam crushing his foot
2nd October 2012 - Drainage worker compensated with help from Unite Legal Services after serious facial injury
22nd August 2012 - Cape employee compensated after safety flaws cause accident
24th July 2012 - Factory worker compensated after leg crushed by forklift truck
10th July 2012 - Coca Cola factory worker compensated after caustic acid burns to eyes
2nd July 2012 - Firm fined after Darlington man’s brush with death
25th June 2012 - Self employed pipe fitter compensated after contractor’s health and safety failures
15th June 2012 - Gardener compensated after contracting serious infection from thorn prick
13th June 2012 - Union lawyers get bottle factory worker seven times initial offer
28th April 2012 - Darlington man’s brush with death shows why health and safety laws work on Workers Memorial Day
24th April 2012 - Scaffolder left permanently disabled after being trapped by poles
24th February 2012 - Fire fighter injured by faulty doors receives damages
16th December 2011 - Injured GMB member threatened with the sack after pursuing compensation
10th November 2011 - Parcel firm pays out to lorry driver injured by faulty equipment
7th November 2011 - Fire service employee receives damages after office accident
11th October 2011 - Beer can manufacturer compensates worker for head injury
23rd August 2011 - PCS member receives compensation after infected insect bite
16th August 2011 - Compensation for driver with crushed foot
14th July 2011 - Firm pays compensation after pothole causes forklift accident
13th June 2011 - Firm pays damages after using unsafe equipment
8th June 2011 - Father’s Unite membership helps teenager claim damages after terrifying car accident
17th May 2011 - Council’s failure to clear up burnt out remains led to nasty fall
20th April 2011 - Welder compensated by Corus for shin injury
14th March 2011 - Reckless driver hits pedestrian on Zebra crossing
1st February 2011 - Pedestrian scarred for life when crushed by car
24th January 2011 - Shredded arm leads to steel firm paying damages
23rd September 2010 - Faulty Ladder Injures School Caretaker
2nd September 2010 - Multiple arm injuries to Printer results in compensation
23rd August 2010 - Rail worker received 9,750 compensation
16th August 2010 - Pub chain compensates kitchen assistant for wrist laceration
9th August 2010 - Former prison officer compensated after fall
2nd August 2010 - GMB wins compensation for Grimsby lorry driver who suffered crushed thumb
25th May 2010 - Bakery worker forced to give up work after fall at Asda
15th January 2010 - Morphine treatment led to addiction
11th November 2009 - UNISON wins compensation for hospital worker injured in lift
26th October 2009 - 350,000 for drayman in horrific accident
15th October 2009 - Shipyard worker scarred for life
2nd October 2009 - Wrong tool causes injury
23rd September 2009 - Crane driver tells of 40 metre drop
14th September 2009 - Compensation for newlyweds in head-on crash
1st September 2009 - Teenager's compensation trebled by Thompsons
16th July 2009 - Cyclist receives compensation for accident
9th July 2009 - Keen athlete forced to retire after workplace injury
15th June 2009 - Pensioner receives compensation for fall
27th May 2009 - Ignored health and safety concerns leads to injury
22nd May 2009 - Injured dad couldn't hold his baby
13th May 2009 - Crush injury caused by crane
5th January 2008 - Unite member scarred for life
30th November 2007 - Company Pay Compensation following Accident on Roundabout
20th November 2007 - High street retailer admits liability as bottle of wine shatters in hand of Middlesbrough shopper
20th September 2007 - GMB family member feels the benefit of Union support following accident
5th June 2007 - Cardiff man secures £15,000 compensation from Royal Mail following accident on the loading bay
27th March 2006 - Former Solaglas employee wins £5,500 compensation for shoulder laceration

If you have suffered a laceration and / or scarring due to someone else's negligence you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for damages.   For more information about how Thompsons Solicitors can help you, contact us on 08000 224 224.

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Lacerations and Scarring Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a compensation claim after suffering a Laceration and Scar

If you or someone you know has suffered a laceration and / or scar due to someone else's negligence, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury compensation claim. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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