Helping Those Suffering from Disfigurement and Scarring
After suffering catastrophic injuries, you hope that the wounds will eventually heal, and that you will be able to go on with your life as you did before the accident. Sadly, for severe injuries, that is often not the case. Serious wounds can, and usually do, leave behind scars and disfigurements. These lasting marks can cause deep psychological trauma, and even lead to handicaps that will impact your ability to continue life independently.
Victims of negligence who suffer from scars and disfigurements deserve to be compensated for their suffering. However, insurance companies rarely see it this way, and will fight to make sure you get as little compensation as possible. That is where we at The Lenahan Law Firm come in. With our expertise and skill, we can ensure that you get the settlement you truly deserve. To speak with a member of our team, call us at (214) 295-1008 today.
Disfigurement by Negligence
When you suffer a serious injury, whether it is an external or internal injury, it is very likely that some level of scarring or disfigurement will be left behind. The human body is capable of truly incredible recovery, however, that does not mean that it can heal perfectly. Deep lacerations and road rash, in particular, often leave serious scars behind. These scars can cause severe emotional trauma, and any disfigurements, such as an amputation of a limb, could result in serious handicaps that impact your ability to work, enjoy your favorite hobbies, and live an independent life.
Sadly, these lasting scars are often the direct result of another person’s negligence. Many victims have been left with disabilities and visible scars due to someone else’s poor decisions. When this happens, the victims deserve proper compensation. Scenarios that commonly lead to scarring and disfigurement include:
- Auto collisions
- Motorcycle collisions
- Truck crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Oilfield explosions
- Swimming pool falls
- Workplace accidents
- Construction site accidents
There is no excuse for these kinds of accidents when they are caused by the negligence of one person. There is no shrugging off a severe scar, as it will be with you for a lifetime. Even though a scar marks that a wound has healed, it can still have a profound impact on your life.
The Impact of Disfigurement
Many people assume that because a scar is the result of a healed wound, it leaves little to no impact on the victim. This is simply not true. A serious scar, especially one that is in a visible area such as the face or shoulders, can take an incredible psychological toll on victims. Scars leave victims with a constant reminder of one of the most traumatic moments in their lives.
On top of that, other disfigurements, such as the loss of a limb or other body part like an eye or ear, can cause serious problems. While handicapped people are more than capable of recovering and leading fulfilling lives, there is no doubt that a handicap can make certain jobs near impossible to perform, as well as make day-to-day life that much harder. Someone who has been disabled may no longer be able to work in their established profession, may no longer be able to possess a driver’s license, and may no longer enjoy a favorite hobby, even something as simple as walking the dog. While the physical pain of the wound may have passed, that does not mean victims are no longer entitled to fair compensation.
Receiving the Compensation You Deserve
A serious injury that leads to intense scarring or disfigurement can cost you a great deal in medical bills, as well as time away from work in order to recover. This can leave you with a mountain of bills that you are simply unable to pay. Thankfully, when you file a claim against the at-fault party, you are able to make a claim for what are called economic damages. These damages cover all financial losses you experienced as a result of your accident. That can include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Lost employment opportunity
- Therapy bills
Of course, your suffering will not just be financial. Intense scars or bodily disfigurement can have an emotional and psychological toll as well. This change in how you look can act as a constant reminder of the collision or explosion, as well as be incredibly traumatizing. That is why you can also claim for non-economic damages, which are not tied to finances. Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lowered quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment
- Emotional trauma
However, in order to recover these damages, you will need to file a successful claim. Insurance companies will do everything they can to push you into taking a low settlement, or even deny your claim altogether. That is why you need to work with an experienced attorney who can fight for your right to compensation.
Call Our Firm for the Legal Help You Need
In a world without negligence, we at The Lenahan Law Firm would not have to dedicate ourselves to helping the victims of severe accidents who suffer catastrophic injuries. Sadly, negligent people are often left in positions where they can cause extreme harm. For many victims, this harm, even when healed, lasts a lifetime in the form of scars and other disfigurements.
To work with a Dallas catastrophic personal injury attorney who will fight tooth and nail to get you the settlement that you deserve, call us at (214) 295-1008 today.