Virginia scarring and disfigurement attorneys
Fighting for your rights after a disfiguring accident
After an accident, most people just want to move on from the experience, but scars can be a constant reminder. While they are a natural part of healing, a scar can affect your self-esteem, especially if it’s on your face or upper body. A catastrophic accident can even lead to a painful disfigurement, such as a crushed hand or amputated toe.
In the past, accident victims had to deal with trauma on their own, but modern medicine has helped many heal from scars and move on with their lives. Reconstructive surgery, skin grafts, and prosthetics are just some ways a doctor can repair the damage. But the costs of these treatments are high.
If you suffered a scarring or disfiguring injury that was not your fault, you should not have to pay for it. The person responsible for the accident is responsible for paying for your treatment, as well as for the pain and suffering you have endured. But getting the money you need to heal means dealing with the at-fault party’s insurance company, which will try to dismiss or devalue your claim.
Rather than fighting for compensation alone, reach out to GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. As former members of the U.S. Marine Corps, Ken Gibson and John Singleton have served their country, and now they’re ready to serve you. They know how to prepare a plan and execute it successfully for your benefit.
Let us go to work getting you full compensation for your trauma while you focus on recovering. Call us today at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to speak to a Virginia scarring and disfigurement attorney in a free consultation.
What is a disfigurement?
A disfiguring injury is any type of injury that leaves a permanent and visible mark on your body. While some disfigurements involve only visual damage, more serious wounds may limit your ability to move, bring chronic pain, or otherwise impact your daily life. These types of injuries can include:
- Scars (especially fibrosis)
- Lost limbs, fingers, and toes
- Lost eyes or ears
- Facial fractures
- Crush injuries like fractured hands
What causes serious disfigurements and scars?
Scars and disfigurements are the results of serious trauma. During the healing process, our bodies naturally try to regrow lost tissue, but burns, deep lacerations, and certain chemicals can limit the healing process. This can cause the skin to grow back discolored, wrinkled, raised up, or knotted. If an injury involved nerve damage, it can hurt long after it has healed.
Permanent scars and disfigurements can occur due to:
- Thermal and chemical burns
- Broken bones
- Deglovings (when the top layers of your skin and tissue are ripped from the underlying muscle, connective tissue, or bone)
- Violent dog bites
- Car accidents
- Tanker truck accidents and cargo spills
- Bicycle, ATV, moped, and motorcycle accidents, especially if the rider suffers road rash
- Pedestrian accidents
Why should I worry about a scar?
You might not think anything about a small scar, but larger disfigurements can affect your self-esteem, confidence, and mental health. Many accident victims feel embarrassed about their bodies and afraid to let anyone see their scars. Victims may have to deal with depression and anxiety as a result of their injuries, according to Northwest Medicine.
Scars are not only physical reminders of what you have gone through, but also mental and emotional injuries that you may have to deal with long after an accident. Roughly 10% of people in the United States have facial disfigurements that affect their daily lives, sometimes leading to depression and other mental health issues. The University of Maryland states that scars and disfigurements can even impact our identities.
This is a major issue for young children. After a dog attack, bike accident, or burn, a child may have difficulties socializing due to disfigurement, even being afraid to show his face or wear loose clothing in the summer. In the long term, this can affect a child’s growth and ability to make friends.
What type of compensation can I recover for a disfigurement?
If you were injured by another person, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim. There are two types of compensation you can recover for a disfigurement in Virginia: costs of medical treatment, and pain and suffering.
Depending on the type of injury you suffered, a doctor may be able to repair the damage through:
- Reconstructive surgery
- Skin grafts
- Bone grafts
- Laser treatment
Doctors can also prescribe therapy to help patients deal with the emotional fallout of a scar or disfigurement, as well as medication to deal with any chronic pain. These costs should all be included in your claim.
The other type of compensation is for pain and suffering, which “puts a price” on the physical and emotional suffering you have endured. These costs are harder to calculate than medical bills, which is why you should talk to an attorney about what you can recover.
Who should I call about my accident?
If you have suffered a serious injury that was not your fault, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys can provide the strong legal guidance you need right now. We are dedicated Virginia personal injury attorneys who believe in standing up for our neighbors when they suffer scarring or disfigurement.
We bring you big-city experience and small-town care. We’ve worked for big insurance companies, in big cities, as trial lawyers. Now, we are proud to serve our neighbors here in Eastern Virginia.
John Singleton worked for large insurance companies, so he knows how to respond to their tactics effectively. Ken Gibson served as a federal and state prosecutor, bringing hundreds of cases to trial successfully, so he knows how to negotiate. Trust us to handle your case with professionalism and compassion. Call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to get a free case evaluation.
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