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Are you able to sue over disfigurement or scars?

No one wakes up expecting to suffer from life-changing injuries by the end of the day, yet for many, that’s how their day will end. Even though some may recover well, recovery isn’t the end of an injury. Scarring and disfigurement may change a person’s body long after internal injuries and wounds have healed.

Scarring and disfigurement change your life. They make you stand out, and they may cause depression, anxiety or make you afraid to participate in the activities you once loved. Some scarring may require surgery or rehabilitation to allow you to move comfortably, while disfigurement may require surgery to rebuild parts of your body that have been destroyed.

Can you sue for scars and disfigurement?

Yes. People sue for scarring and disfigurement, and they have every right to do so. When you’re hurt by another person and suffer scars or are disfigured, that individual should be held responsible. Even if you receive treatment, everyone knows that scars are a possibility; that’s a possibility you should receive compensation for. In many cases, you could require ongoing treatment for those injuries, so obtaining compensation is a necessary step toward those treatments.

While you may have expected some scarring or disfigurement, the impact they have on your life is still significant enough for you to make a claim. Your attorney can help you collect evidence about how the changes to your body have affected you physically and emotionally. With the right collection of information, you can pursue a claim that includes your scars and disfigurement, so you obtain the right amount of compensation for your injuries.

Source: FindLaw, “When Can You Sue for Scarring or Disfigurement?,” Ephrat Livni Esq., accessed Jan. 12, 2018

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