Do I Have A Disfigurement Claim? Will I Get A Permanent Disfigurement Settlement?
As an innocent party, you do not deserve to carry the results of another’s mistake or negligence for the rest of your life.
Scarring and disfigurement is something that you have the right to be compensated for. At De Rose Lawyers, our experienced team knows how to make sure that you receive fair compensation.
Permanent Disfigurement FAQs
What Injuries Classify As Disfigurement?
Scars, burns and other permanent skin injuries are considered disfigurement. These marks can have a serious impact on someone’s self-esteem, and therefore their quality of life and mental health. If your appearance has been permanently altered due to someone else’s negligence, then you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering.
Many serious accidents, such as car accidents or motorcycle accidents, can cause disfigurement or scarring. Unfortunately, these marks can be a painful reminder of your accident, therefore triggering PTSD, depression, or anxiety. Additionally, these marks can hinder your future job or love prospects, having a serious impact on your quality of life.
Serious scarring near joints can actually cause lessened mobility or loss of mobility. Damage done to your muscle tissue or other soft tissue in your skin can cause you to experience physical pain.
What Additional Health Issues Do Burn Victims Experience?
Burns can happen from many different accidents, including house fires, car accidents, chemical spills, defective products, and more. There are four varying levels of severity when it comes to burns:
- First Degree Burns are the mildest type of burns a person can sustain. They only affect the outer layers of your skin and are unlikely to cause permanent damage. They will cause pain at the burn site, along with reddening of the skin, but are unlikely to cause blisters, swelling or any other permanent damage.
- Second Degree Burns affect multiple layers of skin, going deeper into the lower layer of skin. They cause pain, redness, blistering and swelling. These burns can leave behind scars but are not likely to cause residual pain or tissue damage.
- Third Degree Burns are also called full thickness burns because they go through all of the layers of your skin. They can affect deeper tissue. These burns will often result in white or blackened, charred skin that could feel numb in addition to pain, blistering and swelling.
- Fourth Degree Burns are very serious injuries and can affect your muscle, bones and fat. These burns can actually cause death. With these burns, you will not experience any pain where you’ve been burned, as your nerve endings will either be destroyed or badly damaged. Fourth degree burns will require a prolonged hospital stay and immediate medical attention. Often, these victims will require debridement, IV antibiotics and skin grafts.
Depending on the overall injuries sustained in your accident, as well as the severity of your burns, you may go into shock. Symptoms for shock include pale or clammy skin, a drop-in alertness, bluish lips and fingernails, and overall weakness. More serious burns can also cause hypothermia, hypovolemia, breathing issues, bone and joint problems, tetanus, sepsis, and death.
How Long Do You Have To Pursue A Disfigurement Claim?
It’s important to meet with a lawyer as soon as you’re able to when all of the details of your accident and injury are fresh. However, if you’ve needed to take time for yourself to decide how you’d like to move forward, that’s okay too. You have up to two years from the time of your injury to pursue legal action.
If the injury happened to someone under the age of 18, then the two-year time limit doesn’t begin until the child turns 18.
However, some exceptions to the law are in the cases of slip and falls. If your injuries are the result of a slip and fall on public property, you only have 10 days to provide written notice to the municipality where you were injured. If the fall happened on private property, then you have 60 days to provide notice.
What Is The Average Payout For Disfigurement & Scarring?
Wondering what is the average payout for disfigurement and scarring? This is a difficult question to answer without knowing the specifics relating to your individual disfigurement injury. Ultimately, the compensation you receive for your Toronto disfigurement injury will be based on the severity of your injuries, the quality of evidence you produce, and details relating to who was at fault. To give you a better idea of De Rose Lawyers’ track record, view our success stories here
Why Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer For A Permanent Disfigurement Settlement?
When it comes to disfigurement cases due to burns, lacerations and scarring, clients often express that they’ve had trouble finding help because they are told their injury is not “serious” enough. This is not true.
Why Choose De Rose Personal Injury Lawyers For Your Permanent Disfigurement Settlement?
With over 40 years of experience, De Rose Lawyers will guide you through the complex legal, medical, and insurance issues, allowing you to focus on your rehabilitation and recovery. Our personal injury team at De Rose Lawyers will help you navigate the legal process to make sure you are fairly compensated.
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