Catastrophic injuries may cause significant facial and bodily scars. These can be painful and, at times, embarrassing to the victim. Scars may also create nerve insensitivity in the area, as well as psychological distress. The injury may result in lack of nerve sensitivity, psychological and emotional strain. In severe cases of disfigurement, the victim may be unable to get married, enjoy life and suffer self-esteem issues.
If scarring and disfigurement is a result of an accident and/or surgery necessitated by an accident compensatory damages may be available for you.
How to document a scar or disfigurement
If you have suffered scarring or disfigurement, there are various steps that you can take to ensure you have proper medical documents to support your case.
- Ensure the doctor or specialist indicates if there is a permanent or residual effect
- Ensure the doctor notes if the scar or disfigurement affects mobility
- Indicate if you have seen a doctor regarding the possibility of removing a scar
- Indicate the cost of removing the scar to demonstrate the value of the injury
The amount of damages you can recover will depend on several factors such as the area of the body that is affected, gender and age. A scar on the face or skin exposed to the public is more likely to be perceived as disfiguring than scar on other parts of the body. Scars that are very sensitive to touch such as on the back or stomach, are likely to be considered severe, as well.
Ottawa lawyer in scarring and disfigurement cases
At Howard Yegendorf & Associates, we understand the long term and short term impact faced by individuals who are left with painful and/or disfiguring scars. Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional and psychological distress, the cost of plastic or cosmetic surgery, and sometimes even lost income, are the all potential types of damages. Our attorneys possess over 50 years of combined experience in personal injury cases. We bring professionalism, passion and skill to help you get full compensation for all the emotional, physical and financial damages you’ve faced. We help victims get their life back on track.
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Get in touch with our Ottawa lawyers to discuss your options and review your personal injury case. Give us a call on 613-237-5000 or 1-866-303-5118 and we will get back to you immediately. If interested in a face to face meeting, we are happy to schedule a free initial consultation to go through your legal options and prepare you for the next steps of the litigation process. You may also visit our offices in Ottawa, Toronto and the GTA, and throughout Eastern Ontario.