If you have suffered disfigurement of any part of your body as a result of an accident, the traumatic experience can leave you devastated both emotionally and psychologically. You may experience severe sadness and depression or a loss of sense of self. You may need reconstructive surgery, and the costs associated with this type of surgery can be astronomical. A disfigurement attorney at Injury Law Group can help you obtain the medical treatment that you need, and payment for your surgeries, as well as financial compensation for the pain and suffering you are feeling, lost income and future loss of earning capacity, as well as the loss of enjoyment of life you are experiencing.
Both Temporary and Permanent Disfigurement Entitle You to Compensation
Disfigurement can be temporary or permanent. The most common situations in which temporary disfigurement arises are dog bite and burn injuries. In both of these types of traumatic events, some temporary scarring is inevitable. You are entitled to financial damages for the trauma and mental anguish and you have experienced as a result of the scarring and effect it has had on your sense of self worth even if only temporarily. Many times, the scarring merely subsides but does not ever fully disappear. This is referred to as permanent disfigurement. When physical scarring is permanent, the amount of compensation that you will be entitled to dramatically increases since the suffering you will endure may last a lifetime.
Dog Bite Attacks
Dog bite attacks are one of the most frequent types of accidents that result in disfigurement. Violent dog bite cases can leave severe scarring that requires multiple surgeries to heal. Your doctor may need to perform skin grafting from another part of your body to reconstruct damage muscle or other tissue at the site of the bite. The multiple surgeries can cause you to incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. You will need an experienced San Diego disfigurement attorney to help you ensure that the careless dog owner who let their dog attack you is held responsible for your injuries. Frequently, the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance policy may cover your injuries, and such policies often have coverage limits of hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more.
Burn injuries are another common cause of disfigurement. A severe burn, for example, a 3rd degree burn, will almost always leave major scarring and result in disfigurement. These types of burns usually requiring extensive reconstructive surgery and skin grafting. Once the pain subsides, you have to deal with the lasting emotional effects of a permanent scar and the psychological effect it can have on your sense of self worth.
Other Disfigurement Causes
Other common causes of disfigurement include injury from explosives, gunshot wounds, car and truck accidents, and medical malpractice by doctors. In all of these instances, regardless of the cause, the disfigurement suffered by the injured victim is tolling emotionally and psychologically becomes very difficult to come to terms with. Loss of enjoyment of life is almost certain, at least in the short term.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
It is important to understand that when you have suffered a disfigurement as a result of an accident caused by the negligence of another, you are entitled to, among other forms of compensation (medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, etc.), special damages for the loss of enjoyment of life that you are suffering. As a result of a disfigurement injury, you may not engage in the activities that you once enjoyed. This results in loss of enjoyment of life and a San Diego disfigurement attorney can obtain financial compensation for such loss of enjoyment of life.
While no amount of money can undo the disfigurement you have suffered and restore your appearance to exactly the way it was before the accident causing your injuries, California law does attempt to arrive at a monetary figure that attempts to financially compensate you for the disfigurement you have suffered, whether as the result of a dog bite attack, burn injury, car accident, or other accident. An experienced lawyer at Injury Law Group can help you obtain the maximum financial compensation available under the law.