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Scarring in Personal Injury Cases

Many types of injuries can lead to permanent scarring. Scars are the result of the biological process of wound repair that occurs in the skin and other tissues. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound results in some degree of scarring because it is the human body's natural healing process.

Scars are often the byproduct of motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, and any other type of accident that causes external injuries. If an injured victim can show that he or she suffered in an accident that has caused a long-lasting and permanent effect - known as a "residual injury" - such as scarring, the amount of the damage award can significantly increase.

Any residual disability or disfigurement can greatly increase an award because the victim will suffer for a very long time, if not the rest of their life. Naturally, the more the injury has an effect on the victim's personal and professional life, the higher the compensation should be, in most cases.

Permanent Scarring & Disfigurement

Permanent scarring and disfigurement are common permanent residual injuries - whether they arise from the original injury, or from surgery. Large, obvious scarring can result in a lot of damages because of the medical costs, and the cosmetic embarrassment it causes.

If there is scarring in any part of the body that flexes such as the webbing of the fingers, it can cause permanent mobility loss, which may also justify higher damages.

In most cases, the damages for scarring go up if the scar is on a part of the body that is visible. Small scars that can easily be covered by clothing are not considered as important because they are not large enough to cause embarrassment. Any scar that is located on the face or neck frequently leads to higher damages.

Insurance adjusters are aware how a facial scar would affect a single person's social life. While they won't usually discuss this social implications openly with the victim, victims should still know that most adjusters do consider the social impacts of a facial scar, especially on a young, single person.

A good way to demonstrate to an insurance adjuster how much one's scarring is worth is to have a plastic surgeon estimate how much it would cost to have the scar repaired or removed. The victim can include the cost of the examination with their primary care physician, along with the cost of the examination with the specialist, and the potential cost of the procedure.

Contact McCoy & McCoy

If you have suffered permanent scarring as a result of an accident you were involved in, contact a Hartford personal injury attorney from McCoy & McCoy for help. We have been protecting injury victims in Connecticut since 1960, plus Attorney Frank McCoy, Jr. is Board Certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation and to learn about your legal options!

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