Trial Attorney at Gina Corena & Associates
Practice Areas: Personal Injury
In 2021, a 2-year-old girl in Pennsylvania suffered from facial lacerations caused by embedded glass in a car accident, which resulted in severe facial scarring. A lawsuit was filed, and she and her family were awarded $15,000 compensation in the settlement.
The damages from a vehicle accident can be painful and life-altering for victims, but none so much as the serious physical scarring and disfigurement left behind on their bodies – sometimes for the rest of their lives. But how challenging is the road to receiving this kind of compensation for these damages?
Although everyone reacts and heals differently to injuries, there are common scars that accident victims will experience. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, common scars are:
These dark, raised sections of scar tissue can remain up to a year after the injury. Keloids usually stretch larger than the injured area because the body is overcompensating, and the scars sometimes return, which means ongoing treatment is needed.
Although they develop faster than keloids, hypertrophic scars tend to be more treatable, normally do not grow beyond the injured area, and can gradually disappear on their own over the course of a year. The scars are not necessarily unnoticeable, however, especially if they are on the face or another prominent spot of the body.
Contractures actually contract the skin as the body tries to heal a large, damaged area, and, if the scar is formed on a joint, it could affect mobility. The future could mean permanent disfigurement and inactivity after the accident. These scars are usually the result of fuel burns, large scrapes, or road burns.
Compensation for scarring and disfiguring as a result of a car accident comes in several forms of damage, which include:
These are considered economic damages, and compensation will contribute toward reimbursing major financial losses, such as from
These damages are those suffered beyond any monetary losses and, unfortunately, they are not as easy to calculate into a personal injury claim. They include:
Because it is difficult to apply a financial value to these general damages, the court will usually multiply the total damages by between 1 and 5, depending on how severe the sustained injuries are
If the victim of a car accident was disfigured because the defendant, or other liable party, was negligent or caused harm on purpose, punitive damages might be awarded. Though rare, these damages can still offer a payout from defendants, like a manufacturer who sold a defective or recalled product.
There are two categories of pain and suffering damages: physical pain and suffering and mental pain and suffering. Compensation can be recovered by the scarring and disfigurement victim or the family (children or spouse) of the victim in cases of wrongful death. Here are some examples of both types of pain and suffering:
While the insurance company of the driver who is responsible will calculate the initial compensation value of the victim’s scarring and disfigurement injuries, this settlement total usually will not even come close to the financial compensation the victim deserves.
An attorney specializing in personal injury law will be able to better assist victims in acquiring the compensation that their pain and suffering is worth through these two calculation methods used in Nevada:
Every personal injury case after a car accident that results in scarring and disfiguring is different, whether the victim is 21 or 91. Generally, however, the severity of the scar is key, and facial scars on a child are worth more than the same scar on an adult because of their emotional, social, and financial consequences.
In addition to age, here are other significant factors that can determine the settlement amount in these claims:
Usually, the settlement amount value of an injury resulting in significant facial scarring is between $40,000 to $150,000. When there is very severe, disfiguring facial scarring involved in personal injury lawsuits, however, it can have much higher settlement amounts.
When pursuing compensation for scarring and disfigurement, it’s essential to be cautious about your online activities. Sharing images or details about your injuries on social media can impact your claim, as opposing parties may use this information against you.
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As founder of Gina Corena & Associates, she is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the people who suffer life-changing personal injuries in car, truck and motorcycle accidents as well as other types of personal injury. Gina feels fortunate to serve the Nevada community and hold wrongdoers accountable for their harm to her clients.
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