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Physical injuries that result from an accident are tragic enough, but sometimes can be further complicated by causing a victim’s scarring and disfigurement. If you have been seriously injured due to another’s unsafe or unreasonable behavior, realize that you are not alone, and you may have legal recourse against the person that hurt you.
If another person has unacted in an unsafe or unreasonable manner, thereby causing you scarring or disfigurement, you may seek monetary compensation from them in court. This can be against an individual, or in many cases, a company or organization.
If you or a loved one has been scarred or disfigured by another, call Zinda Law Group today at (800)-863-5312 for a completely free consultation with an experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyer.
What is Disfigurement?
Disfigurement is any type of lasting permanent damage to a person's body. Many injury causing incidents can be so traumatic that they leave lasting damage such as scars, burns, and loss of limbs. In many cases, the physical damage can lead to psychological trauma and damage to the victim. Thus, it is important to seek compensation that covers full medical and psychological rehabilitation to help you get back to your most normal and full life.
Many serious accidents can lead to the loss of limbs, or a severe loss of functionality that may require amputation to allow the rest of the body to recover. Some people may lose fingers, toes, or even larger limbs such as arms and legs.
Accidents can lead to burns by fire, or in many cases, chemical burns to the skin. These can occur at any place on the body, including unclothed sections such as the fact, neck, arms and legs. Additionally, burns can be more or less severe, ranging from first to third degrees.
Cuts and Lacerations
Many serious accidents involve trauma to the body that can cause cuts, tears, and lacerations, and may occur to any part of the body.
Bites from animals, including dog bites, are a common cause of disfigurements. Many people do not keep proper control or care of their animals, and there may also be a wild animal that attacks a person. In these cases, the owner of the animal and insurance companies may be liable to you.
While, thankfully, physical pain may eventually subside or be brought under control through medical intervention and the body’s natural healing processes, psychological pain may last. This may take the form of stress, fear, anxiety, shame, and depression. Further, a person may experience restless thoughts as they relive the incident in their mind. It is important to realize that these are normal consequences of a traumatic incident, and there may be professional interventions, such as counseling, available to help facilitate psychological recovery.
Lingering Effects of Scars
Once you recover from the physical pain of the accident, it is wise to also receive help for any psychological pain and trauma the incident has caused you. It is completely normal to experience psychological discomfort, and important to at least talk to a medical expert in this area in order to seek your best recovery.
Further, if you have received damage to visible parts of your body, it is important to learn to healthfully cope with your appearance. While it may be difficult to see yourself with new scars, or with a loss of limb, it is important to fully love and accept yourself. Also, it is important to realize the advent of medical technologies may allow for significant visible recovery and bodily functioning.
Therefore, it is important to get help from an experienced and compassionate injury attorney who may know how to seek monetary compensation why may cover medical expenses for recovery from psychological trauma.
You will want to seek immediate professional medical attention after receiving any physical injuries in an accident or incident. While the advance of medical technologies in recent decades has created the opportunity for significant increases in recovery probabilities, these procedures and rehabilitative therapies may come at a high price.
Most people are aware that medical costs can be exponential. This does not have to be a roadblock to your full recovery, however. An experienced personal injury attorney may know how to more effectively negotiate with insurance companies for compensation that covers the cost of your treatment.
Additionally, an experienced attorney may legally acquire and leverage evidence that most fully demonstrates the damages you have experienced. These may come in the form of both physical and emotional damages. You attorney may know what evidence is most likely to prove the fault of the other party, and importantly, which evidence a jury may be most responsive and sensitive to in understanding the extent of your damages.
A crucial part of your recovery is being able to focus on your health and recovery, which may be done by letting your attorney focus on your legal needs.
Compensation for a Disfigurement
Compensation for a disfigurement is similar to that available for other personal injuries. These include tangible losses, such as all medical costs and rehabilitations, past, present and future. Additionally, these typically include lost past, current, and future wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering damages. The pain and suffering damages may encompass the physical pain experienced from the accident, the pain of medical procedures, and any emotional or psychological trauma experienced such as fear, anxiety, depression, and stress.
You will typically only have one chance to prove your damages in court, and thus it is important to have an experienced attorney that may use evidence to calculate your highest potential damages and prove them to a jury. Also, your attorney may take over the negotiations with any applicable insurance companies.
Some injuries and consequences from a serious accident do not manifest themselves until a later period, so an experienced attorney may enlist the help of favorable expert medical professionals to testify to the potentially significant extent of your damages in court, as well as the costs of treatment.
How to File a Claim
Immediately upon an incident or accident that causes your injuries, you will want to adequately document what happened, if possible. There may be a lot of things happening at once, and many emotions that accompany them, and as such, you will not want to rely solely on your memory to recollect what happened. Further, the filing of a police report may also serve as an objective documentation of that happened at the scene of the incident.
In any case, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney upon receiving emergency medical treatment and getting police help. Your attorney may conduct in-depth investigations, outside of your documentation and the police report, in order to attain important evidence that demonstrates what happened, and that demonstrates the fault of the other party.
In many cases your attorney may acquire information that is only in the hands of the opposing party.
Your attorney may file a claim with the court, with a summary of what occurred, the fault of the other party, and the damages you have incurred. After these events take place, there may be further periods of legal discovery, information sharing amongst the parties to the lawsuit, where your attorney may seek hard to find information in the hands of the other party or third parties to the incident, as well as potentially engage in settlement negotiations.
The other parties and insurance companies may seek an early settlement in order to avoid a loss at trial in light of the evidence your attorney attains, or to avoid extended legal costs. In other cases, your attorney may believe your highest monetary compensation may be sought at trial before a jury.
Legal Time Limits
A scarring and disfigurement lawsuit is a branch of personal injury suits, which have a legal time limit called a “statute of limitations”, after which you may no longer be able to bring your claim in court. This legal time limit will depend on your state, but is most commonly two years from the date of the accident. This time limit makes it especially important to seek legal counsel immediately after the accident to learn your legal rights, and have your attorney file your claim within the time limit.
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Incurring scarring or disfigurement from an injury at the hands of an at fault party can be a very difficult event. You do not have to go through this process alone, and at Zinda Law Group, our clients do not have to pay anything unless we are able to win their case!
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