One of the most visible signs that you’ve been in an accident, or some other type of incident that leads to a personal injury, can be scarring. Virtually any injury that damages your skin, from cuts and abrasions to burns from fire or chemicals, can potentially leave a visible scar or other disfigurement. If the incident that caused your scarring—traffic accident, medical malpractice, defective or unsafe product, a slip and fall, etc.—was due to the fault or negligence of another party, you may be able to sue that party for damages.
There are several considerations that help decide whether you are eligible for compensation, including types and location of scars, long-term outlook, and how egregious the negligent party who caused the incident was.
As a rule, in order for scarring from a personal injury to be a contributing factor to compensation, the scars need to be large enough and in a location to be clearly visible, such as the face, hands, arms, and legs. In other words, if they can be seen when a person is wearing a short sleeved shirt or shorts. Facial scarring, not surprisingly, is considered the worst location.
However, there are other scarring factors involved that can also contribute. Scars on some parts of the body, such as joints, can hamper mobility, and they can also cause nerve damage.
Additionally, scarring can contribute to a variety of psychological and emotional issues, including PTSD. Many people are embarrassed by the scarring, and as a visible reminder of the incident that caused it, it can lead to ongoing, persistent trauma. It may make it hard for the victim to keep or form relationships. Mental anguish can be a very real result of any personal injury incident, particularly when scarring is involved, and should never be discounted.
There are other factors besides scar location that can affect the amount of a potential settlement due to scarring, including:
Be absolutely sure that your scarring/disfigurement has been noted by your doctor in your medical records. If the scarring is also hampering your mobility in any way, that should be noted as well. Having your injury officially documented in your medical records gives your lawyer ammunition to work with.
Personal injury lawsuits due to visible scarring/disfigurement as the result of an accident or medical malpractice are not just complex and nuanced. They can be emotionally challenging because of the embarrassment many victims feel. You need a scarring and injury attorney who understands that, one experienced enough to guide you every step of the way, with the staff and resources necessary to help you recover the largest settlement possible.
If you or a loved one have suffered a scarring injury due to another party’s fault or negligence, contact the attorneys at LaSalvia Law. We will fight to win you the compensation you deserve.
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