Scarring and Disfigurement
Being hurt in an accident is never easy, but the consequences can be especially traumatic when your injuries leave visible scarring or disfigurement. A prominent and often permanent change in appearance can be extremely difficult for victims on physical and emotional levels. At the Wolfe Law Firm, we understand that people in this situation require compassion and dedication. Our knowledgeable Elkins injury lawyer Dorwin J. Wolfe can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. We have represented countless clients across West Virginia, including in Harrison County, Marion County, and Monongahela County. Let us explore the details of your situation and craft a strategy to seek justice.Burdens of Scarring and Disfigurement
Serious injuries can inflict unspeakable levels of pain, yet it is often the emotional scars that are the most difficult to heal. Psychological harm and social challenges from these injuries may cause victims to suffer a severe decrease in self-esteem that affects their behavior around others. Children are often afraid of going back to school or other activities because they are worried about being taunted by their peers. Adults also have difficulty resuming their personal and professional lives after such an incident. These issues may be magnified if the scarring is in prominent areas, such as on the face or hands.Protect Your Rights After a Serious Injury
Scarring and disfigurement can be caused in many ways, including car accidents, explosions, animal bites, assaults, and exposure to hazardous chemicals. As with most injury claims, taking legal action for scarring or disfigurement is usually done through a negligence lawsuit. This is designed to hold someone accountable for failing to take reasonable care and endangering others as a result. Taking reasonable care is defined as acting in a way that a typical person would behave in the same or similar circumstances. To win on a negligence claim, the victim of an accident must prove four elements:
- The defendant owed the victim a duty to exercise reasonable care;
- The defendant breached this duty by acting carelessly or failing to do something that a reasonable person would have done;
- The defendant’s breach caused injuries to the victim, such as scarring and disfigurement; and
- The victim incurred damages as a result.
Someone who is successful in a negligence lawsuit may recover many types of compensation. These can extend from hospital bills and other expenses for medical treatment to lost wages and non-economic forms of damages related to your pain and suffering. If the defendant acted in a particularly reckless way, a victim of scarring and disfigurement might consider pursuing punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.
You should be aware that there is a limited time window to file a negligence lawsuit. Vital evidence can decay with time, moreover, so you should not hesitate to contact a diligent attorney to explore whether you may have a claim.Contact an Elkins Lawyer for Your Injury Claim
While no amount of money can erase the pain and trauma of scarring or disfigurement, holding a defendant accountable for negligence can ease the burden of medical bills and any reconstructive procedures that may be necessary. Bolstered by years of experience, Dorwin J. Wolfe is a skilled injury attorney who can help you pursue compensation after a West Virginia accident. We understand the huge emotional, physical, and financial toll that these types of injuries can take on victims and their families. Please contact us online or call us at 877-637-5756 for a free case evaluation with an Elkins attorney.