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Does workers compensation cover permanent scars?

Does workers compensation cover permanent scars?

Wondering whether or not workers compensation benefits will cover noticeable, painful scarring after a workplace injury?

Laws vary from state to state, but here’s what you need to know about rules regarding scars and disfigurement.

Does workers comp cover permanent scarring?

Yes, workers compensation laws provide benefits for those with scarring or permanent disfigurement due to a workplace injury.

Different states have different laws regarding scarring, and a victim’s eligibility for workers comp benefits.

For example, in some other states an injured worker might receive a one-time payment for scars.

Common causes of scarring and disfigurement

Nearly any accident can cause scarring, but some of the most common are:

  • Burns caused by electrical shock, flames, or hot machinery
  • Chemical exposure
  • Car accidents
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations due to heavy machinery or power tools
  • Explosions

How much money is a scar worth?

In terms of workers comp benefits, the value of your scar injury will vary based on its location and severity. Contact a workers compensation attorney to ensure you receive full compensation for your injury.

Scar location matters

Scar location can also matter. For example, most states will allow you to receive workers comp benefits for scars located on the head, face, or neck.

Some states allow workers to seek benefits for scars on the legs, arms, and other body parts that would normally be exposed in certain situations.

With that said, some states will only give workers comp benefits for limb scars if the scars result in limited or lost function, or if the scars limit the worker’s ability to find employment.

Contact a workers comp lawyer for help with permanent scars and disfigurement

Were you injured at work? Was your injury severe enough to leave you with noticeable, permanent scarring? If so, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.

We’re experienced in helping hurt workers recover compensation for all types of workplace related injuries—don’t delay, and let’s get started making your life whole again.

To get a free case evaluation and to know more about Davis & Sanchez, contact the firm at (801) 746-0290 or (208) 258-7000, or visit them at 655 E 4500 S #120 Murray, UT 84107 or 4696 W Overland Road, Suite 162 Boise, ID 83705.


Zero out-of-pocket costs, crystal-clear communication, immediate action on your case. With hundreds of clients served and years of combined experience, the attorneys of Davis Sanchez are known for their dedication to winning maximum settlements and judgments for their clients.

*The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.

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