How Do Disfiguring Injuries Contribute to Pain and Suffering?
After disfiguring injuries resulting from trauma, a victim’s life changes forever. When trauma survivors experience physical changes due to an accident, they undergo periods depression and PTSD. Thus, they must receive maximum compensation for pain and suffering.
When a victim suffers disfiguring injuries, they must pursue litigation against those responsible for their pain and suffering. Whether disfiguring injuries are due to burns, Medical Malpractice, car accident, or Negligent Security, victims must consult a lawyer.
It’s always about Credibility!
First of all, let’s talk credibility.
Personal Injury lawyers see clients who suffer severe disfiguring injuries every day. Top lawyers know it’s all about credibility. This is never to be too understated. The reality of living with disfiguring injuries propels top lawyers to seek maximum compensation for clients’ pain and suffering. However, obtaining large verdicts on behalf of clients is only the beginning. These clients require the kind of justice only a lawyer with trial experience can provide.
Thus, the basis for this Shaked Law Firm article.
How do I choose the best Personal Injury lawyer for my case?
It’s best to the following questions during initial consultation:
- “How many cases have you won this month?”
- “How many trials do you see cases to per month?”
- “What was your most recent verdict amount?”
- “Do you see cases of disfiguring injuries often?”
- “May I see the results page on your website for myself?”
To a lawyer with experience, who excels in their field, these are not “rude” questions. These are the questions top lawyers encourage clients to ask. They establish trust and credibility between lawyer and client. Furthermore, trust and credibility ensure the case will result in success, whether through settlement or verdict.
What happens after an accident with disfiguring injuries?
Truth be told, disfiguring injuries change a victim’s life for the worst. The mental anguish from the physical changes they must come to terms with cause undue stress and feelings of isolation. Add physical pain resulting from disfigurement, however, and there’s a drastic loss of quality of life. As a result, continuing to work, study, pursue hobbies, or care for family gets lost in the wake of accidents that take victims’ peace of mind.
What is mental anguish in Personal Injury law?
Next, we establish the legal definition of mental anguish. Mental anguish is an umbrella term for the following:
- The suffering of “pain and suffering”
- Mental distress as a result of an accident with injuries
All Law defines mental anguish as follows:
[…]Mental anguish is an element of non-economic damages usually sought in personal injury cases, medical malpractice and sometimes defamation cases. Generally, “mental anguish” translates to certain types of suffering that may include distress, anxiety, fright, depression, grief, or trauma.
How do disfiguring injuries contribute to mental anguish?
So, what constitutes mental anguish? Let’s look at the following list of what Personal Injury lawyers agree causes mental anguish:
- Distress. Awakening from surgery to amputation, or burns causing severe disfigurement to the face. These are two examples of trauma that cause extreme mental anguish.
- Anxiety. Anxiousness that causes panic attacks when a victim thinks of life with permanent injury. When one’s reflection changes, they undergo undue pain and suffering.
- Fearfulness. Fear an accident may occur again can leave the victim with mental anguish. Worrying about sustaining injuries again causes PTSD.
- Depression. Following an accident that leaves a victim with disfiguring injuries, depression can delay the recovery process. Moreover, delaying recovery on the medical side further reduces quality of life. Victims who sustain disfiguring injuries suffer from long term depression. Feelings of hopelessness, and fear of the future both contribute to further stress.
Do disfiguring injuries affect quality of life?
Now, we can look at the types of life altering injuries. Life altering can mean disfiguring, debilitating, or permanent. It can also mean all three, and usually does. First of all, let’s define the term “catastrophic injury”:
Wikipedia defines Catastrophic Injury as follows:
[…]A catastrophic injury is a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain, and may also include skull or spinal fractures. This is a subset of the definition for the legal term catastrophic injury, which is based on the definition used by the American Medical Association.
What type of accidents cause disfiguring injuries?
- Car accidents cause Traumatic Brain Injury. These head injuries can range from concussions to severe skull fractures, brain hemorrhaging, stroke, and coma. All of these can also be responsible for severe head and facial disfigurements.
- Falls from several stories up or more can cause severe spinal cord injuries, fractures, and ultimately paralyze the victim. Spending life in a wheelchair should the victim sustain a paralytic injury can be considered, depending on the victim’s level of mental anguish, disfiguring to them. Surgical scars to repair the victim’s fractured spine can be severely disfiguring, therefore reminding them of an accident and causing PTSD.
Which severe injuries often result in disfigurement?
There are several other injuries that contribute to the pain and suffering of disfiguring injuries:
- 2nd and 3rd degree burn injuries
- Motorcycle accidents resulting in physical injury
- Gunshot wounds due to Negligent Security resulting in facial disfigurement. Gunshot wounds are also the cause of other severe bodily injury.
People over profit
Credibility is a lawyer’s creed. Thus, when it comes to reaching a verdict, maximum compensation goes to the most credible cases. Telling the truth guarantees a favorable outcome. Lying will kill your case.
In conclusion, no verdict or settlement can restore a client’s quality of life fully. After a disfiguring injury, a client’s life is never the same. However, a lawyer with Board Certification does not see a dollar sign when pursuing these cases.
The ethical, moral, and empathetic practice of law comes to the forefront when the reality of pain and suffering is evident. This means top lawyers fight for what the client deserves, and will never walk away with a penny less.