Permanent cosmetic incapacity

If the patient injury causes permanent impairment to a person’s appearance, in other words cosmetic incapacity, such as a scar, it will be compensated for by paying damages for cosmetic incapacity. However, compensation will not be paid for cosmetic incapacity that the original treatment would in all cases result in.

When assessing the amount of compensation, the following criteria will be taken into account: the extent, form, colour, location and visibility of the scar. The age of the injured party is another factor that affects the amount of compensation payable.