Many motorcycle accidents result in permanent disfigurement. Injuries such as burns, lacerations, and road rash can leave scars or other forms of disfigurement that not only serve as a reminder of the accident but may interfere with daily life. Being permanently disfigured can cause emotional distress and depression, and reconstructive surgery can be costly. An experienced attorney can help you with your motorcycle accident case and determine fair compensation for your injuries.
Types of Scars and Disfigurement
There are many types of injuries that result from a motorcycle accident. In addition to brain or spinal cord injuries and broken bones, victims can suffer scarring and disfigurement injuries. These types of injuries can be devastating because they often affect a person’s physical appearance and may require ongoing surgeries.
Since a motorcycle rider is only protected by their helmet, boots, and clothing, the risk for disfigurement injuries is high. Some of the most common types of scarring and disfigurement injuries from motorcycle accidents are:
- Road rash
- Injuries to the eye
- Dental injuries
- Broken or crushed facial bones
- Facial injuries to the jaw or nose
Motorcycle riders who suffer severe injuries to their face can be impacted for the rest of their lives. The emotional pain is often overwhelming, and the scars can affect their self-esteem and relationships. This long-term impact may affect a person’s personal and professional life, as the injuries may require extensive treatments and rehabilitation.
What to Do Next
Knowing what to do after a motorcycle accident is critical for a successful personal injury claim. Seeking immediate medical attention and filing a report with the police are both important steps to take. You may also want to gather as much evidence as possible from the accident scene.
It’s likely you’ll get calls from insurance companies asking to settle your case. It’s important not to talk to insurance adjusters without first consulting with an attorney. Insurance companies often see scarring and disfigurement as cosmetic and less significant injuries and don’t want to cover the cost of the surgeries and care needed to recover. An attorney can protect your legal rights and help file a personal injury claim to get you the compensation you deserve. An attorney can also help determine if you need to pursue other legal action.
Those who survive a motorcycle accident are commonly left with scarring and disfigurement. Some scars may heal over time with proper medical care, but others may not. Motorcycle riders who suffer disfigurement injuries can have emotional problems and need counseling to help deal with the trauma. In addition to counseling, other costly treatments may include:
- Reconstructive surgery
- Physical therapy
- Skin grafts
Not only do those injured suffer emotionally, but the impact can be devastating financially. Many disfigurement injuries make it difficult to resume a job or hold a job in certain lines of work.
In order to receive compensation for your injuries, liability will need to be proven. An experienced attorney can help gather the necessary evidence for your claim to investigate who was responsible for the crash. Once an attorney proves that another party is liable for your accident, you can pursue your claim and be compensated for the resulting damages.
Possible damages for scarring and disfigurement motorcycle injuries include:
- Past and future medical expenses and treatments
- Rehabilitation costs
- Loss of income and benefits
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
Contact a Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you suffered scars and disfigurement from a motorcycle accident, don’t wait to speak with an attorney. Contact Browning Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation. To schedule an appointment, fill out our convenient contact form, or call us today.