The face you present to the world has a tremendous effect on your prospects for employment and earning power, relationships, and family life. If you have a deformity, scarring, or disfigurement as a result of an accident, you may be suffering severe social and economic disadvantage because of the discomfort the deformity causes others. Severely deformed people are often stared at or shunned whenever they leave the protection of home, resulting in psychological trauma, emotional anguish, and loss of self-esteem. Scarring and disfigurement are often the result of chemical, mechanical, and heat-related burns and lacerations from defective or dangerous products in the home or workplace, motor vehicle accidents, fires, explosions.
Scarring and disfigurement can result in two kinds of damages: special or economic damages, and general or non-quantifiable damages.
Economic or special damages cover financial losses, such as medical expenses, out-of pocket expenses related to your injury, and lost current and future wages. These are damages that your lawyer can prove by obtaining employment records, bills, and receipts.
In addition to severely limiting job possibilities, disfigurement can ruin your social life, make dating or marriage unlikely, and limit your ability to form friendships, resulting in lifelong emotional suffering. Scarring and disfigurement can cause a loss in the quality of life, decrease self-esteem, result in psychological damage, and may prevent you from enjoying outings, sports, hobbies, and even the simplest daily activities that require leaving home. These are your general damages, which are harder to measure in dollars. Having a lawyer with the skill to make a case for these injuries can make a huge difference in the size of your recovery.
Punitive Damages for Blatant Disregard of Consumer Safety
In addition, a skilled lawyer can sometimes get you an additional award of punitive damages that punish the party who was responsible for your disfigurement because of the egregious nature of their wrongdoing. One example might be a product that that the manufacturer knew or should have known would cause disfiguring injuries, for example a gas tank with a flaw that allowed gas to leak out, making it likely to cause an explosion resulting in burns and scarring.
Sacramento Lawyers Help Obtain Compensation for Scarring and Disfigurement
When your appearance has been altered by an accident that has caused scarring and disfigurement, especially of the face, you may find that your life has come to a standstill as you avoid going out or even trying to do the things you used to enjoy. You may no longer see yourself as an attractive person who appeals to others. You may be embarrassed and self-conscious about your appearance and uncomfortable with children who stare and adults who look quickly away and pretend not to see. Going out in public is tormenting, and dating seems out of the question.
The Sacramento personal injury attorneys at Shepard and Haven understand how devastating disfigurement can be and how it destroys lives. We can’t give you your old appearance back, but we can make the person or company that caused your injuries pay. We will put our many years of experience to work for you and will do everything legally possible to see that you are awarded enough money to compensate you for the damage to your finances, your career, and your future, for your emotional anguish and loss of enjoyment of life, and for any plastic and reconstructive surgeries now and in the future that might help you to have a more normal appearance.
Call Shepard & Haven today for a free appointment to learn how to protect your right to a monetary award for all that you’ve lost. Contact a Sacramento scarring and disfigurement attorney today.