You were in a devastating car accident and suffered multiple serious injuries. Even after the injuries have healed, you will carry visible scars with you for the rest of your life. You deserve compensation for more than the cost of medical treatment. You deserve to be compensated for the suffering you will endure living with these scars. If you can prove who was liable for the accident and quantify the damages you are owed for the disfigurement, you may be able to get a settlement you can live with.
Establishing Car Accident Liability
Before you can worry about proving the value of your damages, you must establish who caused the accident and who is legally responsible for paying your damages. Generally, if another driver’s negligence caused your accident injuries, that driver is responsible for paying for all of your injuries, including your pain and suffering.
Determining the Value of Permanent Disfigurement
It is up to you and your car accident lawyer to convince the insurance company or the court of the value of your scar. There is no bill or objective documentation that proves what your scar is worth in actual damage; however, a scar may affect your self-esteem, self-confidence, and even your ability to get a job or maintain a personal relationship. These losses are real and deserving of compensation.
To convince the insurance company or the court of the value of your scar, you may provide:
- Medical records describing the treatments you have received and whether you suffer any nerve damage or other physical problems related to the scar.
- Expert testimony about any further medical treatment, including surgeries, that you may need down the road to reduce the prominence of the scar.
- Photographs that show the scar and where the scar is on your body. Facial scars, or other scars that are not covered by your clothes, may impact your life more significantly than scars that can be hidden by your clothing. The size of the scar may also be considered.
Additionally, it is important to provide the insurance company and the court with convincing arguments about the value of the damages you should receive. An experienced car accident lawyer can gather the necessary evidence and make those arguments on your behalf.
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