I Have a Scar from an Accident. What Can I Do?

A serious incident—an automobile accident, a dog bite, a bad fall, a work accident, an injury caused by a defective product—sometimes results in lacerations, or injuries that require surgery, which may lead to permanent scarring. Accidents are traumatic in and of themselves, but when scarring is added to the list, particularly facial scarring, the additional emotional anguish can be devastating.

Scars are another form of personal injury. If the accident that led to the scarring was caused by another’s negligence, you may very well be entitled to compensation.

Besides the severity of the scar, there are several other factors that help determine just what that compensation may be worth:

  • The age, gender, and marital status of the victim – The younger the victim, the higher the compensation amount, and women typically receive more than men. Being unmarried also adds to the value.
  • Where the scar is/how visible it is – A highly visible scar, such as on the face, brings a higher claim.
  • How permanent the scar is – Can the scar be surgically repaired to be less noticeable?

Settlements vary widely depending on all the above factors as well as insurance coverage.

Get a medical opinion

Be sure to get a documented medical opinion from an accredited plastic surgeon regarding the cost to have the scar removed or repaired. This is important information to have if a jury is considering your case.

Other potential damages

  • Medical costs, including treatment, ambulance, rehabilitation, etc.                            
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Pain and suffering, including the need for counseling

Experience matters

Personal injury cases involving scarring are often complex and driven by emotion, and they demand an attorney experienced with all the nuances involved.

If you or a loved one were scarred during an accident, contact the attorneys at LaSalvia Law. We will fight to win you the compensation you deserve.

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