Scarring and Disfigurement
Unexpected accidents are often devastating and may lead to serious disruptions of a victim’s life. When serious injuries are involved, moreover, the consequences often extend beyond the healing process. Many victims of catastrophic accidents suffer scarring and disfigurement, leaving them with unsettling physical reminders of the suffering that they endured. These marks may lead to a lifetime of pain, embarrassment, and anxiety for the victim. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, we have guided numerous scarring and disfigurement victims through the legal process. Columbia personal injury attorney Matt Uhrig understands the stress and pain that you are feeling and is prepared to fight tenaciously for your rights.Pursuing a Claim Based on Scarring and Disfigurement
After most types of accidents, a victim may bring a negligence lawsuit against a person or entity that was responsible for causing their injuries. To prevail in a negligence claim, the plaintiff is required to show that the defendant failed to act according to a specific level of care and that this failure was the direct cause of their scarring and disfigurement. Unfortunately, there is a wide variety of situations in which these life-changing injuries may occur. Car accidents, truck crashes, workplace accidents, fires on property, and encounters with dangerous products are a few examples. In a case in which the scarring and disfigurement resulted from a defective product, the plaintiff may also assert a strict product liability claim against a manufacturer. For either a negligence claim or a strict liability claim, the plaintiff will be required to prove that there is a causal link between the defendant’s negligence or the product’s defectiveness and the scarring that they sustained.
If they can establish the elements of a personal injury case, a plaintiff is entitled to collect compensation for several categories of damages, including medical expenses, surgeries, follow-up medical visits, missed wages, loss of earning capacity, diminished quality of life, and pain and suffering. In some instances, the defendant may argue that the scarring and disfigurement is merely superficial and does not prevent the plaintiff from living as they did before the accident. This is rarely true. Victims of scarring and disfigurement often must deal with people staring at them or asking questions about how the disfigurement happened. This may make it difficult for the victim to engage in their favorite hobbies or to perform well at their job. Some disfigurements may also impair a victim’s range of motion or physical abilities, permanently affecting their employment potential. These economic and non-economic damages all may be compensated through a successful personal injury claim.Consult a Personal Injury Attorney in the Columbia Area
If you are facing a lifetime of scarring and disfigurement as a result of a serious accident, the experienced team at the Law Office of Matt Uhrig is prepared to help you. Columbia personal injury lawyer Matt Uhrig has proudly served victims in many areas of Missouri, including Ashland and Jefferson City. We can help you gather evidence for your claim, ensure that insurance companies play by the rules, and advocate for you in settlement negotiations or litigation. To set up a free consultation, call us now at 573-657-2050 or contact us online. We can assist people who need a car accident attorney or representation in another type of personal injury claim.