Cheekbone Injury Claims
On average, half a million UK citizens suffer from facial injuries every year, according to the Center for Workforce Intelligence. The cheekbone, or the zygomatic or malar bone, as it is known in the medical industry, is more often susceptible to injuries or fractures.
Cheekbone injuries are often very painful, and breaks can have a long-lasting impact on your life and appearance.
Of course, not every cheekbone injury will be a result of negligence, but if you have suffered injury through no fault of your own, you may qualify for a cheekbone injury compensation claim.
Even the most innocuous incident can lead to a serious cheekbone injury that can result in further complications down the line.
If you have suffered an injured or broken cheekbone, our guide sets out to explain the detailed process of how to make a cheekbone injury claim.
Can I make a cheekbone injury claim?
To find out if you are eligible to make a cheekbone injury or broken cheekbone claim, you should reach out to an experienced personal injury solicitor who will assess your case.
Before you can successfully apply for cheekbone injury compensation, you will need to identify liability – where the accident occurred, if it was a result of negligence, and whether the other party owed you a duty of care.
Thankfully, the burden is not on you alone, and your solicitor will help to determine if your injuries were a result of negligence.
Your cheekbone injury claim will have a much higher rate of success if you can provide evidence. Photographs of the scene, witness statements and medical reports will go a long way to support and expedite your cheekbone injury claim.
If you were unable to gather evidence as a result of your injuries, your solicitor will also guide you and help you compile a detailed report of the events.
You also have to make a cheekbone injury claim within three years from the date of the incident, or three years from the date your injuries were diagnosed as a result of the accident. While this may seem like ample time to get your ducks in a row, memories fade over time, so it is best to pursue a claim while the events are still fresh in your mind.
What are the common causes of cheekbone injuries?
As the cheekbones protrude, they are more susceptible to injuries. Of course, there are a great many different scenarios that can give rise to cheekbone injury or broken cheekbone claims. The most common causes include;
Generally speaking, cheekbone injuries are easy to diagnose and clearly visible, but there are unfortunate occasions where doctors fail to carry out a comprehensive examination. Injuries can also occur in routine operations or botched reconstructive surgery.
Motorcycle and bicycle road accidents
Cyclists and motorcyclists alike are more prone to suffer from broken cheekbone injuries than vehicle drivers, only because they are much more vulnerable and exposed when knocked down.
Cheekbone injuries and fractures happen to drivers and pedestrians alike. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable as there is no buffer to cushion them from impact. Drivers can also injure cheekbones from impacting the steering wheel after a collision.
Accidents in the workplace
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a responsibility of care to all of their employees. Slipping or tripping face-first over a hazard can likely result in head trauma or broken cheekbones. Construction workers face additional danger from falling debris. Likewise, supermarkets, public spaces, and pavements must be maintained to prevent nasty tumbles.
Contact sports especially come with their own inherent risks. A flailing elbow or an unexpected knee can do some serious damage to cheekbones, with bruising, soreness, or loss of sensation as a result.
These examples are by no means extensive, and cheekbone injuries, in reality, can happen anywhere.
Injuries can range in severity, and more serious cheekbone fractures may require surgery. Since the face is vulnerable and surprisingly fragile, cheekbone injuries, if left untreated, can lead to flat cheeks and eyesight problems.
How much compensation is a cheekbone injury claim worth?
As with any personal injury claim, your cheekbone injury compensation will be determined by the extent of your injuries and any financial losses you have suffered.
First, your solicitor will weigh up how your injuries have affected your life and calculate the appropriate compensation amount using the Judicial College Guidelines.
Your solicitor will take both general damages and special damages into consideration:
- General damages will take care of your PSLA, or in clearer terms, your pain, suffering, and loss of amenity.
- Special damages will go further to cover you for any additional and ongoing medical expenses, travel expenses, adjustments to your home, loss of income, and so on.
The following amounts for general damages should only act as an estimation guideline for your cheekbone injury claim, and are based on the Judicial College guidelines;
- A simple cheekbone fracture that will fully recover without surgery – from £2,180 to £2,810
- Full recovery after corrective surgery with minimal cosmetic damage – from £4,080 to £6,060
- Severe fractures that can be corrected with surgery, but with some long-term complications like disfigurements or numbness – from £9,570 to £14,810
Again, it is important to reiterate that these amounts only serve as a rough guideline and that you should turn to your solicitor for an in-depth calculation. There are also some other issues that they will consider in your cheekbone injury claim.
In exceptional cases, corrective surgery can lead to scarring, damage to tissues, droopy eyelids and partial disfigurement. The figures above only relate purely to cheekbone injuries, and the compensation amount can be adjusted to account for the knock-on effect on the original injury.
Can I claim for a broken cheekbone caused by an assault?
Unfortunately, broken cheekbones are often a result of criminal assault as well. In the cases where the assailant can be brought to justice, they will face the burden of a personal injury claim, as well as potential criminal charges.
However, if the person that assaulted you cannot be located or doesn’t have the means to pay compensation, you should still be entitled to claim. In these circumstances, the CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme) will take over the case and payout your broken cheekbone compensation claim.
Can I make a multi-party or group claim?
When multiple people suffered injury through negligence at the hands of one defendant, they may start a multi-party claim that will deal with a total compensation payout for all affected victims. Your personal injury solicitor will be able to give you more in-depth information on how to proceed in this case.
How much will it cost to claim for a cheekbone injury?
Just because you have suffered an injury, your bank balance doesn’t have to suffer. There is some good news to lighten your burden – most personal injury solicitors will first assess your case, and if they believe you have solid grounds for compensation, they will pursue your claim on a no win no fee basis.
There are no upfront legal fees for you to bear with the no win no fee system. If your claim is unsuccessful, it will not cost you a penny.
However, your solicitor will take a pre-agreed portion (capped at 25%) of your total compensation award if the claim is successful. This no win no fee guarantee takes the risk out of claiming while affording you with some insurance that you have a solid case.
To find out if you are eligible to make a claim, call 0800 678 1410 for a free consultation with a legal adviser. Alternatively, please enter your details into our online claim form, and an adviser will contact you shortly.