Understanding skull fractures and facial disfigurement
Any injury to the face or skull has the potential to be traumatic. After all, the skull houses our brain, while our face is the focal point of all our interactions with our fellow humans as well as the first thing we see when we look in the mirror.
As such, any injury to the face or skull that leads to a fracture can shake us to the core while also leaving us in need of specialist medical care.
If you have sustained a skull or facial fracture in a car accident, sporting accident, work accident or other incident involving a third party, the head injury claim solicitors at Thompsons can help you determine your rights and possible entitlement to compensation. Talk to Thompsons today for more information.
Compensation amounts for skull and facial fractures
The courts recognise the seriousness of a skull or facial fracture and as such settle claims for this kind of injury for the following sums:
- Cheekbone fracture: £2,040 - £13,340
- Nasal fractures: £1,500 - £20,280
- Jaw fractures: £5,660 - £39,940
- Le fort fracture: £20,330 - £32,200
- Multiple facial fractures: £13,080 - £21,000
Skull fractures can be very severe and, in some cases, depending on the injury, may result in the claimant being awarded up to around £95,000 in compensation.
The amount of compensation you receive for your injury will depend on whether it is mild, moderate or severe, with more serious multiple fractures that require longer treatment and have more lasting consequences attracting higher settlements. Furthermore, these compensation awards are called ‘general damages' and do not account for lost earnings and certain expenses; these are called ‘special damages'. These form another component of your settlement and as such are calculated separately.
Skull and facial fractures are frequently accompanied by the additional trauma of facial disfigurement. Compensation awards for facial disfigurement vary depending on the level of injury but in the most severe cases may be settled for more than £85,000.
The size of an award used to depend on the gender of the person affected, with women typically receiving more valuable settlements; however, nowadays it is "considered doubtful whether gender alone can justify different levels of award".
Age may sometimes still be a factor in the size of an award, with claimants under 30 often deemed to be suffering greater psychological impact as a result of their facially disfiguring injuries.
Types of skull fracture
There are four major types of skull fracture. These are as follows:
- Linear: Linear fractures are among the most minor type of skull fracture as they do not result in bone displacement and, unless they become infected, usually heal without surgical intervention.
- Depressed: A fracture that results in bone applying inward pressure to the brain. Likely to require surgery.
- Diastatic: A fracture along one or more of the bones which connect the skull, most commonly seen in young children because the bones have not completely fused.
- Basilar: A fracture sustained at the base of the skull. Often accompanied by brain and/or spinal cord damage. Most common among cyclists and motorcyclists in road traffic accidents.
Talk to Thompsons, head injury claim solicitors
Thompsons' head injury claim solicitors work from offices right across Scotland, including Dundee, Edinburgh, Galashiels, Glasgow and Peebles.
If you would like to consider the possibility of claiming compensation for a skull or facial fracture, we can help you consider your next steps. Find out more by reading our head and brain injury FAQs.
We only ever represent injured parties. We secure around £1 million each week for our clients and win around 90% of the cases we take on. Call 0800 0891 331 to speak with our team today.