San Francisco Scarring and Disfigurement Lawyer
A person’s appearance can be disfigured in many ways in an accident. A disfigurement is a permanent, physical change to an individual’s body, which is typically visible to others. A disfigurement may be highly visible, such as scarring on a person’s face, or it may be covered with clothing, makeup, or other resources. In either situation, it greatly impacts a person’s life. When a child suffers a disfigurement, it will have a life-long effect.
When you or a loved one has suffered scarring or another disfigurement in an accident that was someone else’s fault, then you should speak with a San Francisco scarring and disfigurement lawyer at Willoughby Brod, LLP right away. Attorney Greg Brod will fight for you to receive the maximum compensation possible regarding the disfigurement and your other injuries.Common Disfigurements
- Scarring: Scars can arise from lacerations, animal attacks, surgical procedures, road rash, and many other circumstances. They may be rather clean, straight lines, like one associates with a surgical incision. It may be a rough, jagged scar because of the skin being torn unnaturally in an accident. Scar tissue may result in large areas of skin that are discolored and differently textured than the rest. Scarring, when it is easily visible to others, can lead to an immense amount of embarrassment and mental suffering.
- Burns: Serious burns leave behind damaged skin and extensive scarring. The skin, after it heals from a burn, is often discolored and a different texture than the person’s other skin. Burns also cause hair and muscle loss, which impacts a person’s overall appearance. In addition to the physical pain and mental suffering related to the burn injuries, people who go through life with extensive burn scars offer continue to suffer due to the words and actions of others. To discuss the compensation you deserve after suffering burns, call a scarring and disfigurement lawyer in San Francisco right away.
- Amputations: Whether an individual suffers a traumatic amputation in an accident or physicians are forced to amputate one or more of a person’s limbs, that person must now learn to live without a body part. They may have to relearn how to walk, eat, and write. Amputations are typically highly visible and are something a person cannot easily hide from others, causing them even more psychological discomfort and suffering.
One of the many difficulties associated with suffering a disfigurement in an accident is that it is difficult to treat. There is no quick and easy way to reduce scar tissue, improve burn scars, or rehabilitate an amputated limb.
Numerous painful and costly cosmetic surgeries are often required to improve the appearance of scarring and other disfigurements. These surgeries improve an individual’s future, but they force them through difficult procedures that will cause them pain and put them at risk for complications, such as hospital acquired infections. Amputations can theoretically be managed with prostheses. Unfortunately, obtaining a prosthetic limb can be time-consuming and costly, particularly if the prosthesis is meant for a child who will grow out of it. It also can take a great deal of rehabilitation and pain for the person to get used to using the limb effectively. While some individuals take to the prosthetic limbs well, others prefer to go without.
The challenge in treating disfigurements is one reason why a person who suffers a disfigurement should work with an experienced attorney to obtain the maximum compensation possible. At Willoughby Brod, LLP, we know there is rarely a sure way to remove a disfigurement, which is why we fight hard for you to obtain the compensation you deserve under the law. Contact us today to speak with a San Francisco scarring and disfigurement attorney.Pursuing Compensation for a Disfigurement
When an individual intends to seek compensation for a disfigurement in addition to compensation for their other physical, psychological, and financial injuries, then they need to speak with a lawyer about properly valuing the disfigurement, which can be a difficult process.
Placing a monetary value on a disfigurement depends heavily on the type of disfigurement, where it is located, and how much it negatively alters a person’s appearance. The more visible the disfigurement when a person dresses normally, the more compensation a person is likely to obtain. Also, the greater the negative effect on a person’s overall appearance, the greater the compensation is likely to be. Scars on a person’s arm from a car accident will be treated differently than extensive burns across most of a person’s body, including the neck and face.
Compensation for a disfigurement is not entirely based on the physical aspect of the injury. An individual must also take into account the psychological harm caused by a disfigurement. An unexpected and unpleasant alteration to an individual’s appearance can cause extreme emotional distress, including embarrassment, humiliation, grief, depression, and anxiety.
Also, it may matter whether a child or adult suffers a disfigurement. A child may suffer more embarrassment over the years because of a disfigurement. It may also more greatly affect their future than if the same thing happened to someone who already had an established family and career.
To discuss all of the factors that impact obtaining compensation for a disfigurement and the amount of compensation, contact a scarring and disfigurement attorney for San Francisco at Willoughby Brod, LLP. You can contact us online or call (800) 427-7020 to schedule a free case evaluation.