Recovery Of Money Damages For Scarring
There are many different types of personal injuries. Personal injury law includes burns, brain injuries, bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord damage, and eye injuries, among numerous others. Anyone suffering from those physical injuries can also experience significant physical pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Few injuries cause victims as much mental anguish as scars do. Scarring is an often permanent reminder to an injured person of the accident that caused the scarring, whether it was a drunk driving accident, boating accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, car accident, dog bite, fire or explosion, pedestrian accident, bicycle accident, train or railway accident, or a defective or dangerous product. If you or a loved on has suffered scarring because of an accident, you can seek fair monetary compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering caused by scarring.
Facial scarring is a mark left on the skin after the skin has been wounded. A scar's severity is determined in part upon whether the injury is to the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, or the thick layer of skin, the dermis. If the wound to the issue is limited to the skin's outer layer, the scar is likely not as severe as if the injury occurs to the thick layer of the skin.
A scar's healing process can depend upon the cause of the scar, the scar's severity, the injured person's age, and the scar's location on the body. The process of making a scar less noticeable is complex and lengthy. Scars often require numerous expensive procedures and reconstructive surgeries.
It's difficult to assign a monetary value to scarring's emotional effects on the victim. A scarred person may experience perceived or real negative reactions from other people. Scarring or disfigurement can also affect the injured person's relationships, perhaps even cause the loss of companionship of friends or loved ones. Scarring has been connected to psychological complications such as lowered self-esteem.
Judges and juries consider various factors when deciding damages for scarring victims. Certainly, the scar's visibility is a major factor in determining monetary compensation. Additionally, jury verdicts suggests that female scar victims are awarded higher damages than male scar victims. The victim's age is also a factor. Children tend to receive higher awards for their injuries, perhaps reflecting an awareness that younger victims must live with their permanent scars for longer than adult scarring victims.