Claiming compensation for impairment of taste and smell

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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Friday 6 April 2018

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Impairment of taste and smell could have several potential causes. The severity of symptoms can vary depending on the person. If, for example, you were a food critic, then the loss of taste and smell would have serious impacts on your life and ultimate overall well-being. Some people can report drastic weight loss as a result, whilst others only suffer minor effects.

Taste and smell are called the chemical senses because they involve the interpretation of chemicals in the detection of taste and odors – they make up the olfactory senses. Specialised cells in your nose, throat, and mouth detect the unique chemical signature of different substances and send information to your brain. When these cells become damaged, they are no longer able to detect the different chemical signatures of food, air and liquids and so you are no longer able to smell or taste.

Medically, loss of these two senses are known as;

  • Anosmia – loss of smell
  • Ageusia – loss of taste


If you believe your loss of taste and/or smell was not your fault then you can consider making a claim for compensation with a solicitor. Accident Line Direct will be able to give you access to a specialised personal injury solicitor. The solicitor will then provide evidence, on your behalf, that your loss of olfactory senses was attributable to the negligence of another.

Typically, the means by which the sense of taste and smell were lost should stem either from a head injury or exposure to chemicals, in order to have been negligent.

A head injury may result in trauma that affects the sense of taste or smell and could result in full or partial impairment.

Exposure to harmful chemicals, usually in the workplace, may also result in damage to the sensitive cells connected with your sense of taste and smell.

If you have been subject to either of the above then you may be the victim of negligence and are compensable by law. For the impairment to taste and smell you could receive the following amount in compensation;

Severity Compensation
Total loss of taste and smellIn the region of £31,220
Total loss of smell and significant loss of taste£26,230 to £31,220
Loss of taste£15,300 to £19,920
Loss of smell£19,920 to £26,230

Accident Line Direct utilise the No Win No Fee agreement so that there are no direct costs for making a personal injury claim. We will take a percentage of your compensation amount as a success fee in the event that we win your case. If we don’t win then we don’t take any money from you, so the financial risk of making a personal injury claim has been removed for the claimant. Essentially, personal injury claims should be an option for everyone, not just those in a financial position to do so.


If you would like more information or just a quick chat with a member of our sympathetic and helpful staff then give us a call and we can advise you on further steps. It’s free to call and you are under no obligation to start a claim with us, we are simply here to provide you with more information and can help you through your legal case should you wish to claim.


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