Scarring and disfigurement, particularly in the facial area, can diminish career growth and prevent future employment opportunities. It can sometimes affect social lives and marriage arrangements and result in lifelong emotional pain. Even if scarring and disfigurement does not cause any practical restrictions in bodily movement or performance, legal action can be taken to recover damages.
Some injury cases may focus on scarring and disfigurement as the main aspect of the case. In other instances, the person may have also sustained other injuries in addition to the scarring or disfigurement (for example, in a car accident injury case).
Types of Lawsuits Involving Scarring and Disfigurement
There are countless types of scarring and disfigurement lawsuits, including lawsuits involving:
- Burns: This is the most common type of disfigurement lawsuit and includes fires, chemical burns, and hot liquid. The makers of industrial and cleaning products that cause chemical, mechanical, and heat abrasions and burns may liable for such injuries
- Road Rash: This is when someone slides across the asphalt after a collision that wasn’t his or her fault. Discharging airbags, made of a rough, canvass-like material, can cause facial abrasions and burns.
- Dog Bites: A dog’s owner may be liable for dog or other animal attacks that cause scarring and/or disfigurement.
- Fractures and Amputations: These are another type of disfigurement that are more likely to result in bodily movement or performance restrictions. For example, an 11-year-old boy was castrated when he inserted his genitals into a vacuum cleaner nozzle, where the fan blades were too sharp and close to the opening.
- Product Liability: defective products can often cause scarring and disfigurement, especially for children and infant products
- Various parties can be held liable for a scarring and disfigurement case, depending on the circumstances. In some cases, multiple parties can be held liable (for instance, if multiple parties are involved in a car crash).
Are There any Legal Remedies for a Scarring and Disfigurement Claim?
Scarring and disfigurement cases can result in major losses to the injured party. Long-term injuries and effects can often be involved in these types of cases. For scarring and disfigurement lawsuits, the legal remedy will often involve a monetary damages award. The damages may cover costs such as:
- Hospital stay expenses
- Costs of medication and medicines
- Surgery costs
- Loss of future income or loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering costs
- Loss of consortium
- Other expenses
Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for Help with a Scarring and Disfigurement Case?
If you have been injured in an accident or may have injured someone else, you should speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer about the facts of your case. Your attorney can provide you with advice and input for your case and can represent you during important court meetings and hearings.