Scarring is a Mental Health Issue
Posted on May 16th 2019
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (13th – 19th May 2019). The theme for 2019 is body image – how we think and feel about our bodies and how our body image can impact the way we feel.
Scarring and body image
Scarring as a result of injury can have a dramatic effect upon well being and body image. At Oliver & Co Solicitors, we have helped many clients who have suffered life changing scarring caused by the negligence of others, be it in a car, at work, or as a result of a fall on council or privately owned property. We fully appreciate the effect that scarring can have on wellness.
When we represent clients who have been affected by serious scarring, we normally obtain specialist reports from experts in plastic surgery and psychology. A plastic surgeon will report on whether the scar could be improved with revision surgery. If this is the case, we can claim the cost of the surgery on a private case, together with the cost of any time off work and any additional travelling expenses.
Cosmetic camouflage make-up
If revision surgery is not an option due to the location of the injury, or if there is a low chance of improvement, plastic surgeons can often recommend camouflage make-up to improve the cosmetic deficit caused by scarring.
Cosmetic camouflage is the application of creams, liquids and/or powders to conceal colour or contour irregularities or abnormalities of the face or body. Camouflage make-up is an item of expense that in a lot of cases involving scarring can be claimed for life, amounting to approximately £200-£300 per annum. Cosmetic camouflage has been shown to improve quality of life significantly. It improves self-esteem, promotes positive body image and creates a sense of personal well-being.
Recently, we acted for a 16 year old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by a friend who pulled out of a side road into the path of an oncoming vehicle on a major road. The claimant suffered multiple injuries, including scarring from broken glass, following impact with the other car. Our client suffered from a deep laceration to her eye area which resulted in significant scarring which was visible at conversational distance.
In this case, we obtained reports from an orthopaedic surgeon, ophthalmologist, plastic surgeon and neurologist and recovered damages in the sum of £45,000 for her. On our client’s behalf, we claimed compensation for the physical pain and suffering she had experienced together with the psychological damage caused by the scarring. We also claimed out of pocket expenses including camouflage make-up as it was felt by the plastic surgeon that due to the location of the scarring, that it was not suitable for revision surgery.
Oliver & Co Solicitors are specialists in their field and have acted for many clients who have been the victims of accidents and suffered scarring as a result of their injuries. In most cases we work on a no win, no fee basis. If you have had an accident that was not your fault and you suffered facial or body injuries, give us a call and we will discuss with you whether you have a case.
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