Head Injury Claims - Scalping Incidents

Scalping injury occurs when the skin of the head is traumatically separated from the skull. Scalping incidents can occur in various settings, although the most common type of incident typically involves hair becoming entangled in machinery, usually in a farm, factory, construction site or warehouse setting. Road traffic accidents, particularly those involving motorcycle riders, are another common cause.

Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland can help you claim compensation if you have suffered a scalping injury in an accident that was caused in some way by the actions or omissions of another party. For example:

  • Your employer failed to provide adequate training
  • Your employer failed to provide safely working machinery
  • Your employer failed to provide protective equipment
  • Another road user's careless or reckless actions caused an accident

Thompsons is one of the largest personal injury solicitor firms in Scotland and can help you claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that you take on no financial risk throughout the process and only pay us for our services in the event that you win your case – this is set at a pre-agreed percentage of your settlement.

To find out more about making a claim with Thompsons read our head and brain injury FAQs page.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations work equipment is defined as ‘any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or other installation for use at work'. This means that the operators of all types of machinery that might pose a scalping injury risk must comply with these regulations. For example, all of the following equipment is covered by the regulations:

  • Saws
  • Presses and cutters
  • Shaping tools
  • Workplace vehicles
  • Power drills

Facial disfigurement compensation for scalping

Scalping injury accidents invariably involve some level of facial disfigurement. Personal injury law used to draw a distinction between those facial disfigurement injuries suffered by men and those suffered by women. It took the impact of facial injuries to be more traumatising for women. As such female claimants tended to be awarded a higher level of compensation.

However, this notion is now taken to be outdated, with it "considered doubtful whether gender alone can justify different levels of award". As such, compensation amounts for men and women are the same, although there may be some variation on a case-by-case basis. However, younger claimants may receive more to recognise the psychological impact of their scarring injuries:

Compensation amounts are as follows:

  • Very severe scarring: £26,120 – £85,340
  • Less severe scarring: £15,750 – £42,460
  • Significant scarring: £7,990 – £26,380
  • Less significant scarring: £3,460 – £12,050
  • Trivial scarring: £1,500 – £3,090

Thompsons Solicitors – head injury compensation

Thompsons Solicitors is one of the leading personal injury solicitor firms in the country and can help you secure head injury compensation in the event you have suffered a scalping injury in the workplace, on the road or in some other setting.

Our specialists have a proud track record of securing settlement. Each week we secure around £1 million for our clients while winning around 90% of the cases we take on.

Call us on 0800 0891 331 today about the possibility of securing head injury compensation for your accident.

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