Facial scarring is an injury with which victims must cope for the rest of their lives. An individual responsible for causing that pain should also be responsible for damages such as medical costs, therapy, pain and suffering, and any lost income sustained by a victim.
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Facial injuries, especially those that result in permanent scars, may have not only a significant physical impact on a victim but a psychological effect as well. Facial scars are extremely difficult to treat, and they may leave a lasting impression on a victim. When these injuries are due to another person’s negligence in a car accident, that person should be held accountable for the harm caused. The Port St. Lucie car accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston help victims seek the compensation to which they are entitled from a careless individual. Our attorneys know the difficulty that victims face in the aftermath of a devastating accident, and we offer compassionate as well as zealous legal advocacy to ensure that their best interests are served as they deal with the recovery process. If you or a loved one has sustained facial scar injuries as a result of a car accident, our firm can help you take the legal steps necessary to pursue justice.
Facial Scars and Disfigurement
Often, scars on a victim’s body may be covered by clothing or other methods. However, victims who suffer facial scarring are confronted with their injuries every time they pass a mirror. Not only do these injuries cause victims a great deal of pain, but also they may lead to lower self-esteem, embarrassment, and shameful feelings. These victims must often adjust to a new sense of self, given the change in their appearance.
Car accidents are responsible for a large percentage of facial scarring injuries nationwide, either due to broken glass leading to deep lacerations or due to the deployment of airbags causing serious burns to a victim’s face or neck. Disfigurement is defined as any injury that impairs or negatively affects an individual’s physical appearance, such as burns or lacerations. Scarring is evident despite a victim having healed completely, resulting in a permanent alteration of the skin. Sometimes cosmetic or reconstructive surgery may assist in improving the effects of scarring, but this requires extensive hospital visits as well as imposing costs associated with such treatment. Victims of these types of injuries must often also undergo therapy to cope with the psychological impact of facial disfigurement.
Pursuing Damages for Facial Scar Injuries
A victim who has suffered facial scarring or disfigurement in a car accident will need assistance to handle the costs associated with their treatment and recovery. Many times, these injuries are due to another driver’s negligence, which may be established in a personal injury claim. Negligence is shown when a plaintiff proves that they were owed a duty of care by the defendant, but that duty was breached by the defendant’s unreasonable actions, causing the plaintiff’s facial scars and resulting in damages. All motorists owe others a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act while on the roads. Thus, for example, if a driver runs a red light, striking another vehicle at a high speed and causing a collision as well as a victim’s facial injuries, that driver would be found negligent.
Florida follows a pure comparative fault scheme of liability. This means that even if a plaintiff is found partially at fault for causing their own injuries, damages are not barred. A plaintiff who was 60 percent responsible for contributing to the cause of an accident may still receive damages amounting to 40 percent of the costs from another negligent party.