Attorneys Assisting Victims With Temporary or Permanent Disfigurement Injuries
A devastating accident can leave a victim with permanent physical scars and disfigurement. The team of injury lawyers at Parnall Law Firm, LLC offer dedicated legal representation to individuals in the Albuquerque area. If you were scarred or disfigured in an accident, we can provide the experienced and determined advocacy you need to help you pursue a claim for compensation against any parties that harmed you.
Scarring and Disfigurement in Accidents
Scarring occurs as the skin heals when tissue forms over a wound, and it is often more fibrous than the surrounding skin. The amount of scarring depends on various factors, including the size of the wound and skin pigmentation. In some cases, it can result in disfigurement, which is what happens when an injury significantly alters someone’s physical appearance. Lacerations, serious burns, and amputations are examples of traumatic events that are likely to cause disfigurement.
A victim suffering from scarring or disfigurement may need revision surgery to restore function in and improve the appearance of the injured area. If an individual lost a limb, he or she will need prosthetic devices to replace it, as well as physical therapy. In addition to the physical care, a seriously scarred or disfigured victim will need to cope with the emotional and psychological impact of the injury.
Hold Negligent People or Entities Accountable For Compensation
When a person is scarred or disfigured because someone else acted carelessly, he or she can try to hold any responsible parties liable for damages. Car crashes, truck collisions, motorcycle crashes, and slip and falls are some types of accidents that can cause serious injury. In most of these cases, the harm happened because an individual or entity was negligent.
A New Mexico victim can hold a negligent party legally responsible for scarring, disfigurement, or other injury.
To prove that a defendant is liable, it is essential to show:
- A duty owed by the defendant to act with a certain level of care toward the victim;
- A breach by the defendant of that duty of care;
- A causal link between the defendant’s breach and the accident; and
- Actual damages that stemmed from the injury.
In ordinary situations, most individuals have a duty to act as a reasonable person would behave in the same circumstances. Drivers, for example, must use the same level of care that a typically prudent motorist would use to avoid endangering others. Property owners also owe a duty of care to people legally on their premises and sometimes to children who trespass on certain areas. Medical professionals must exercise the same level of care that other health care providers with the same skills and training would ordinarily use under a similar set of circumstances. In that more specialized setting, the victim will need the help of experts to establish the applicable standard.
An injured person then has to demonstrate how the defendant breached the duty of care, and connect the careless conduct to his or her harm. For example, someone may violate this obligation by speeding through a red light. If the driver crashes into another person, who is disfigured as a result of the collision, it should be possible to show a causal connection between the breach and his or her injury.
By establishing a defendant’s liability, you can potentially recover damages related to your scarring and disfigurement. Possible recoverable compensation includes reimbursement for current and anticipated medical expenses, any lost income or diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other types of economic or non-economic harm. New Mexico requires that you file your personal injury claim within three years after the injury.
Discuss Your Scarring and Disfigurement Case With An Albuquerque Lawyer
The accident attorneys at Parnall Law Firm, LLC represent victims in Albuquerque and surrounding areas who have been seriously hurt by the negligence of others. We provide our clients with compassionate service, while aggressively pursuing their injury claims. If you were disfigured or scarred as a result of an accident, we can help you seek damages from the party that harmed you. Call us today at 505-268-6500, or you can contact us online for an initial consultation at no cost.