There is a good reason why people spend a lot of money on clothing and grooming products: personal appearance matters. It affects one’s social life, career, love life, self-esteem, personal identity, mental health, and ability to enjoy life. That is why disfigurement is so devastating. It has both psychological and real world consequences that can last a lifetime. There are few if any facets of life that are not affected by disfigurement.
Living with disfigurement requires a level of emotional strength and stamina that goes far beyond what is required of those not afflicted. Common outings that most people take for granted such as going to a store or riding on a bus can be emotional ordeals that bring up feelings of embarrassment, fear, anxiety, and anger.
Disfigurement refers to an external change in one’s body that is observable to the outside world and is caused by an accident or physical violence from another person. It can take the form of heat burns, chemical burns, and mechanical trauma that cause scarring, skin pigmentation changes, deformity, dismemberment, and loss of other parts of the body. Because we communicate and express our emotions primarily through talking and facial expression, and because the face is how others identify us, disfigurement to this area causes the greatest psychological pain.
Situations that cause disfigurement include:
Motor vehicle accidents
Work related accidents
Injury from dangerous or defective products
Why You Should Seek Compensation
If your disfigurement was caused by another’s actions or negligence, there is no reason you must bear the costs of medical bills, medications, physical therapy, specialized assistance, and reconstructive surgery on your own. In addition, you deserve compensation for your physical and emotional suffering as well as loss of earnings.
Restoring your appearance and life as much as possible to the way it was will require financial funds that a personal injury law firm can help you to obtain. If you have questions about how we can help with your particular case, please contact us for a no-cost consultation.