Scarring and Disfigurement
Severe scarring and disfigurement can affect every aspect of a victim’s life. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our injury lawyers understand that people in Fort Myers and beyond can suffer a devastating physical, emotional, and psychological blow when they have been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness. While no amount of money can undo the harm, compensation can help with medical bills and any other costs that arise out of an accident. Our team is committed to zealously advocating for the rights of victims and seeking the financial assistance that they need to get their lives back on track.Pursuing Damages for Scarring and Disfigurement from a Negligent Defendant
If you have suffered scarring or disfigurement as a result of an accident, you may be able to hold the responsible party accountable for your harm. The legal claim usually would be brought under a theory of negligence, which means that a person or entity failed to exercise the appropriate level of care and harmed someone else as a result. In most situations, the standard of care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances as the defendant. In order to succeed on a negligence claim, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant had a duty of care, breached the duty, and caused an accident because of the breach, from which quantifiable damages arose.
Negligence can form the basis of liability in lawsuits arising from car crashes, slip and falls, or defective products, among other types of accidents. For example, a negligent driver could cause a serious collision that leaves a victim permanently scarred. Alternatively, a consumer may endure disfiguring burns when using an item with a manufacturing or design defect.
Medical procedures may resolve scarring in some cases. However, in others, the damage may be more severe, causing the victim to suffer embarrassment and loss of self-esteem. In these instances, options for treatment might include skin grafts, laser scar removal, surgical revision, and long-term psychological therapy to cope with the emotional impact of the accident.
A plaintiff can potentially recover a number of damages in a scarring and disfigurement case. These typically include past, ongoing, and future medical expenses, as well as rehabilitative treatment and therapy, pain and suffering, loss of income and earning capacity, and more.
It is important to note that accident victims and their families have only a narrow time period to take legal action in the state of Florida, known as the statute of limitations. Generally speaking, you have four years from the date of an accident to file a negligence claim. Failing to take legal action within this time could mean losing your legal right to have your case heard.Enlist a Fort Myers Lawyer to Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our experienced Fort Myers attorneys advise victims of car accidents and other preventable events on their legal rights and options. We are ready to answer your questions and investigate the details of your situation. Our lawyers also represent injured individuals in cities such as Naples, Port Charlotte, Lehigh Acres, and Sarasota. Call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us through our online form for a free consultation.