There’s 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 scarring and disfigurement from personal injury 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 scarring and disfigurement.
How Scarring and Disfigurement Affects Your Future
Living with scarring and disfigurement requires a level of emotional strength and stamina. That goes far beyond what is required of those not afflicted. Even common outings that most people take for granted. Such as going to a store or riding on a bus can be emotional ordeals. These ventures may bring up feelings of embarrassment, fear, anxiety, and anger.
What Defines Disfigurement?
Disfigurement refers to an external change in one’s body that is observable to the outside world. It can be caused by an accident or physical violence from another person. It can take the form of heat burns, chemical burns, and mechanical trauma. Therefore causing scarring, skin pigmentation changes, deformity, dismemberment, and loss of other parts of the body.
We communicate and express our emotions primarily through talking and facial expression. 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
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bites
- Surgical mistakes
- Work related accidents
- Injury from dangerous or defective products
Why You Should Seek Compensation
Did another person’s actions or negligence cause your disfigurement? There’s no reason you must bear the costs. Medical bills, medications, physical therapy, specialized assistance, and reconstructive surgery. As well as physical and emotional suffering and loss of earnings. You deserve compensation.
Restoring your appearance and life as much as possible to the way it was will require financial funds. A personal injury law firm can help you to obtain those. If you have questions about how we can help with your particular case, please contact us for a no-cost consultation.