If you or someone you love has recently been in an accident that caused some form of disfigurement, you know that it can be a very emotional and difficult time.
Disfigurement injuries are almost always life-altering and can put strain on both your physical and emotional well-being. They can also change the way you perform your job and everyday tasks.
Here we will cover what injuries are considered disfigurement and the beginning steps to take if you’ve been a victim of disfigurement. To read more, check out our full article on amputation and disfigurement cases in Texas.
What injuries are considered disfigurement?
Disfigurement is always a permanent injury and includes any damage done to bones, soft tissue, and even nerves. It can include things like burns, severe scaring and any changes in appearance. Amputation is also considered disfigurement.
Whatever the injury, disfigurement usually requires lifelong treatment or rehabilitation, and even still, that part of your body is forever changed.
What can I do legally if I have a disfigurement injury?
The injury itself can take an emotional toll, but if you’re not sure what to do afterwards to pursue a legal case, it can be even more nerve-racking. Here are three simple steps to take following an accident resulting in disfigurement:
Find a qualified lawyer
If you’re not sure how to find an experienced attorney, do some research. Be sure to find an injury attorney who is knowledgeable about personal injury cases and more specifically with disfigurement cases.
Gather important documents
If your attorney is going to build a strong case, he or she will need all the evidence you can give. You’ll want to make sure collect any and all police reports, medical information pertaining to your injury, and pictures from the accident scene.
Agree on a settlement or file a lawsuit
If you can avoid going to court, then you can dodge very expensive court costs and also make your case go a lot quicker. Do not agree on a settlement, though, if it’s not fair or doesn’t give you the compensation you need.
Disfigurement cases can prove to be complicated because there are many different factors that come into play, such as who is responsible for the injury, the high amount of damages involved, and all of the medical costs associated with a lifetime of recovery and rehabilitation.
An attorney can walk you through the difficult legal process so you can focus on the healing and recovery process.