Lip Injury Claims
Any type of facial injury can be distressing and hard to cope with. Our faces are one of the fundamental aspects of human communications. Facial scars or disfigurement can significantly impact your social interactions, employment prospects and mental health.
Lips are fundamental for activities such as eating, drinking and speaking. They consist of connective and muscle tissue, covered by a thin and delicate layer of skin and have many nerve endings, making them particularly vulnerable to injuries.
A lip injury can cause pain, swelling and bleeding or more severe consequences. Complications involve infections, numbness, difficulty breathing, opening or closing the mouth and trouble swallowing. You might not be able to speak or eat for a while.
If you suffered any kind of lip injury without being at fault, you might be entitled to make a lip injury claim. An experienced solicitor can help you get the compensation you deserve and help you move on with your life.
Do I have a valid lip injury claim?
Usually, you may be eligible to claim lip injury compensation if:
- you suffered a lip injury in the last three years
- somebody else was responsible for it
- that person owed you a duty of care, which they breached
The last date you can start a claim for lip injury compensation is known as the claim limitation date. Afterwards, it will no longer be possible to start legal proceedings. The three-year period does not apply to every situation:
- There is no limitation date for claims involving children under 18 years old. A parent or guardian can ask for compensation on their behalf at any point. After turning 18, the child has another three years to make a lip injury claim.
- If you got a lip injury in a violent assault, you only have up to two years to start a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
- A litigation friend can claim for lip injury compensation on behalf of a victim who lacks mental capacity at any point. The three-year countdown starts if they regain their intellectual ability.
Regardless of the limitation date that applies to your unique situation, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. Most solicitors will not accept your claim a few months before the limitation date. That’s because gathering evidence, talking to witnesses and preparing all the legal documents might take a lot of time.
For a successful claim, you need evidence that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, such as:
- Photographs of the accident scene and your injury
- Contact details of any witnesses
- CCTV footage, when available
- Accident reports, if you got hurt at work or in a public place
- Medical records confirming the severity of your injury and any treatments you received
You will also need relevant evidence of any financial losses you want to claim compensation for, such as travel expenses, medication and private treatments, lost wages or psychological counselling.
For a free consultation with a legal adviser, call 0800 678 1410. They can let you know if you may be eligible to make a claim and can answer any questions you may have.
What are the main causes of lip injuries?
If you suffered a lip injury due to someone else’s negligence, you might want to make a lip injury claim. The cause of the accident is not usually taken into account when calculating compensation, but it is crucial for establishing negligence and liability.
You can get a lip injury in many circumstances, including:
- Road traffic accidents, due to hitting the airbag, objects flying around, shattered glass or other impact trauma
- Slips, trips and falls caused by uneven or slippery surfaces
- Assaults or animal attacks
- Accidents at work due to faulty machinery, co-worker negligence or other health and safety issues
- Sports injuries caused by defective equipment or improper training
- Faulty or unsafe health and beauty products
- Scald injuries caused by overly hot food or drinks
- Dental negligence
- Cosmetic surgery errors
Regardless of how you suffered a lip injury, if someone else was at fault, they might be held liable to pay you compensation. An experienced solicitor can help establish responsibility based on the circumstances of your accident and the available evidence.
What are the different types of lip injury?
Accidents, attacks or medical negligence can cause you to suffer different types of lip injuries, including:
- minor cuts and bruising
- minor to severe burns
- puncture wounds
- nerve damage
- lumps forming under the skin
- losing part of your lip
Minor lip injuries usually heal fast and don’t require special medical assistance. Deep cuts and lacerations might bleed a lot and could need stitches. They could also become infected, and symptoms include swelling, pus and fever.
You should seek medical attention if your lip injury:
- bleeds for more than 5-10 minutes
- is longer than half an inch
- was caused by an animal bite
- is extremely painful
- was caused by a dirty object
- has separated edges
- shows signs of infection
The most common long-time consequences of a severe lip injury are scarring and disfigurement.
How much compensation can you claim for lip injuries?
In any personal injury claim, the amount of compensation you can receive depends on:
- the extent of your injuries and how they affected your life
any financial losses you incurred as a result
Compensation is usually awarded for two types of damages:
General damages cover the physical and psychological aspects of your injury like:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of social interactions
- Loss of prospects
- Loss of a unique career
- Changes in life quality
Special damages cover financial losses and expenses such as:
- costs of medical treatments
- costs of care
- travel expenses
- lost earnings, including future losses
- rehabilitation costs, including plastic surgery
Your solicitor can give you a better estimate of how much your claim might be worth, but, according to the average compensation amounts for general damages in lip injury claims, you might get:
- Up to £3,090 for minor injuries with no long-term consequences and no scarring or disfigurement
- £2,810 to £26,380 for moderate injuries that might leave some permanent scarring
- £14,320 to £42,460 for severe lip injuries with long-term consequences like scarring, loss of control or chronic pain
- £23,740 to £85,340 for very severe lip injuries leading to loss of movement and the ability to eat or speak
Can I make a no win no fee lip injury claim?
If you have been injured in an accident without being at fault, you will probably be eligible to make a no win no fee claim.
Before accepting your case on a no win no fee basis, your solicitor will assess your case based on the type of accident you had and the injuries you sustained. If they believe you have a valid claim and a fair chance of success, they will offer you a no win no fee agreement.
With a no win no fee agreement, you won’t have to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. The After the Event insurance policy your solicitor will take out on your behalf protects you against having to pay any legal charges or solicitor fees if your case fails.
You will only have to pay a success fee if your lip injury claim is successful. The success fee cannot exceed 25% of your award, and you will agree upon it before starting the legal proceedings.
An experienced solicitor can let you know if you might qualify for a no win no fee claim based on your unique situation. Get a free consultation by calling 0800 678 1410 or fill out our online claim form to receive a call back.