When you live in a society that places so much value on appearance, a disfiguring injury can be life-changing. For some, the grief and shame are so severe that it pushes them into solitude and isolation. If you or someone you love has suffered a disfiguring injury because of an accident, it’s time to find out if you’re entitled to compensation for what you’ve lost and how your life will change going forward. We’re ready to help—call Mann & Potter at 205-879-9661 to schedule a time to talk to our team now.
Different Types of Disfiguring Injuries
There are several types of disfiguring injuries that may warrant compensation. Examples include:
- Scarring on the face or on parts of the body that are often visible
- Large burns that cause permanent skin damage
- Loss of a limb
- Loss of facial features
- Deep lacerations causing scarring and nerve damage
Disfigurement can happen in any type of accident. However, it is most commonly seen in auto accidents, severe falls, assaults, and animal attacks. It may also be the result of medical malpractice—consider an individual who has a limb wrongfully amputated due to a misdiagnosis or other medical error.
How a Disfiguring Injury Can Change Your Life
A disfiguring injury can have a profound impact on many areas of your life. To start, although the term “disfigurement” focuses on changes to your appearance, this type of injury can actually change how you use your body.
A dog bite, for example, can leave you with ragged scarring and uneven skin—but it can also cause nerve damage that renders you unable to use the affected part of the body. Additionally, significant burns or scars on the skin can fuse to the underlying body parts. This causes tightness and stretching, which often leads to discomfort and pain.
Many victims are professionally affected by disfiguring injuries. Some experience a swift and traumatic end to their career—models, dancers, actors, salespeople, and others whose income is partially or completely dependent on their appearance often find themselves completely out of work.
Even those in industries that are less appearance-focused are usually affected to some degree. People often treat those with disfiguring injuries differently, even if they go out of their way to avoid doing so. Victims may be treated with disdain or fear or be ignored completely. This can lead to loss of promotion opportunities, being shifted to a non-public-facing job, or spending less time with coworkers. All of these changes can have a negative impact on income.
Perhaps the most significantly affected area is a victim’s mental health. Even those who don’t place significant value on appearance are often unprepared for how a disfiguring injury changes how they feel about themselves. Injury victims may become withdrawn, isolated, angry, and anxious. They may avoid leaving the house whenever possible or obsess about outings for hours before they occur, fearing how people will react to them.
This can lead to a breakdown in family and friends’ relationships, putting additional stress on a victim’s mental health. Even when treatment is available and accessible, people with disfiguring injuries often experience lifelong struggles with their self-image and quality of life.
Types of Compensation
Due to the number of ways a severe injury can affect an accident victim’s life, numerous types of compensation are available. You may be able to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Mental health expenses, including ongoing therapy to assist with your recovery
- Lost wages and lost future earning opportunities if your career is affected
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Getting what you deserve for a disfiguring injury starts with an attorney who is ready to fight for you. A strong personal injury attorney will know what type of evidence you need to prove your claim and how to demand fair compensation from an insurance company. Reaching out as soon as possible after your injury is crucial since it gives you more time to preserve important evidence.
Fight for What You Deserve with Mann & Potter
At Mann & Potter, we know that accident victims deserve more than what insurance companies offer. We’re committed to helping clients like you seek justice. Set up a time to talk to us now by calling us at 205-879-9661 or getting in touch online.