Catastrophic injuries can cause scarring and disfigurement that can have a lifelong impact, physically, psychologically, and emotionally. The high visibility of scarring and disfigurement on the side of the face and neck can also affect a person’s quality of life in numerous ways, such as lost employment opportunities and low self-esteem.
It is important for the injured person to understand that their psychological and emotional reactions are valid and normal. In most cases, victims are compensated for the psychological injury as well as the physical injury.
In this article, we will take a look at a historical example of the personal injury settlement values victims have received:
Potential Settlement: Scarring and Disfigurement on the Face and/or Neck
In 2012, the Court in Ellis v Fallios-Guthierrez, 2012 ONSC 1670 awarded the injured person $55,000 for injuries that included scarring and disfigurement of the face.
To read the full decision, click here.
Receiving the Settlement You Deserve
People often believe that settlement value is mostly determined by the extent of the injury. While this is a factor, the most important information is how the injury has impacted your life. In other words, what does the injury prevent you from being able to do and how does this affect you?
I encourage you to view my previous article about seeking compensation for the psychological impact of scar, burn, or disfigurement injuries, wherein I discuss, in greater detail, how victims can receive the compensation they deserve.
A thorough lawyer should take the time to fully understand your specific situation, including your life and responsibilities before and after your accident, to ensure you do not under-settle your case. By quantifying every possible loss, you are more likely to receive a just settlement that will help to ease the financial burdens that usually occur during recovery.
If you have sustained a personal injury at another party’s fault, please contact me and my team of experienced personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.
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