If you were scarred in an accident caused by the negligence of another, our Atlanta scar injury lawyer can give you the legal representation you need. When they heal, scar injuries often cause changes to bodily tissue. Disfigurement means a person’s physical appearance or skin texture has been negatively altered by scarring or other visible damage, including loss of a body part or loss of the use of a body part.
A severe burn or a traumatic amputation, for example, leaves scarring and disfigurement that may be treated with prosthetics or plastic surgery. However, for many, the emotional and psychological scars will remain.
Individuals who have suffered physical or emotional harm due to scarring or disfigurement from injuries caused by the wrongful or negligent conduct of another should speak with a personal injury attorney to learn more about their legal rights.
Common Types and Causes of Scarring and Disfigurement
Any type of traumatic injury may result in scarring and disfigurement. The injury may involve:
- Excessive scarring or other tissue buildup, such as from second- and third-degree burns or deep lacerations. Excessive scar tissue around joints may affect flexibility or mobility
- Amputation, including loss of a limb or other body part (hand, foot, finger, toe or ear) or loss of an eye
- Loss of motor function, which may include paralysis or other neurological damage or impairment from nerve damage, a spinal cord injury (SCI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Contortions caused by nerve or musculoskeletal damage such as those caused by brachial plexus injury or cervical dystonia, which are common birth injuries
- Changes in skin pigmentation (coloration), usually following exposure to toxic chemicals or serious injury that leads to post-inflammatory hypopigmentation (ill-defined white patches on the skin).
Scar Injury Compensation
Scarring and disfigurement are not the only injuries that come into consideration for a scar injury settlement. The shock of a traumatic accident and the resulting catastrophic injury can also leave psychological scarring. This emotional distress may even manifest as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in reaction to the horror of an event.
Disfiguring injuries can impact a person’s mental health and self-esteem in addition to his or her physical capabilities. The self-consciousness that tends to result from scarring and disfigurement can have devastating long-term impacts on anybody, especially young, unmarried people.
It can also impact the earning potential of people who make their living by interacting with the public (such as someone in the sales industry) or whose jobs rely in part on their physical appearance (models, actors, publicists, etc.).
Get Help from Our Atlanta Atlanta Scar Injury Lawyer
The trial attorneys of James M. Poe, P.C., work with individuals and families in Atlanta and across Georgia to help them seek just compensation they are due for a scar injury and disfigurement that has been caused by another party’s negligence.
Contact our Atlanta scar injury lawyer today for a free initial consultation to discuss how our attorneys may assist in your recovery.