Scar Injury Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Personal injuries can take a number of different forms: burns, brain injuries, broken bones, soft tissue damage, spinal cord injuries, eye injuries, etc. All of these injuries have the capacity to cause a great deal of physical pain and suffering. But few injuries cause so much emotional anguish as facial scars. Facial scars constantly remind the injured person about the traumatic event that caused the scar – be it a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a pedestrian accident, a bicycle accident, a truck crash, a construction accident, a burn injury or a dog bite. The daily reminder of the traumatic accident or a dog bite and social stigma associated with permanent facial scars can make the injured person suffer continuous shame, insecurity, emotional pain and anguish. If you have been the victim of an accident or a dog bite that left a facial scar, you are entitled to fair compensation for physical pain and emotional suffering associated with your scarring.
Facial scarring is a mark left after a wound to the skin has occurred. The severity of the scar is partially based upon whether the injury is to the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, or the thick layer of skin, the dermis. If the injury is only to the outer layer, the scar is not as severe as if the injury occurs to the thick layer of the skin. Several different types of scars include:
1) Keloid scars. These scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. Keloid scars extend beyond the original injury. Over time, a keloid scar may affect mobility. Possible treatments include surgical removal, or injections with steroids.
2) Contracture scars. If your skin has been burned, you may have a contracture scar, which causes tightening of skin that can impair your ability to move; additionally, this type of scar may go deeper to affect muscles and nerves.
3) Hypertrophic scars. Raised and red scars that are similar to keloids, but do not breach the boundaries of the injury site. Possible treatments can include injections of steroids to reduce inflammation.
Healing process usually depends on the cause of the injury, severity of the scar, the injured person's age and the location of the scar. The cost of making the scar less visible is a lengthy one. In many cases, scars require several procedures, injections and reconstructive surgeries. The cost of medical treatment of a scar is usually very high. Medical insurance may cover the treatment partially, but does not extend coverage to cosmetic procedures necessary to repair more severe scars. If an accident, a burn or a dog bite left you with a scar, you may qualify for compensation from the party who caused the accident. If you have been in a car accident where the other driver's negligence caused the accident and your injuries, you may recover money damages by filing a civil lawsuit. The Lassen Law Firm handled a particular case where the client who was involved in a car accident was catapulted out of her seat into the windshield after the car collided with another vehicle. When the windshield glass broke, it caused deep cuts to the client's face, forehead and hairline which left permanent facial scars. Based upon estimations of costs obtained from a cosmetic surgeon, the Lassen Law Firm immediately began rigorous negotiations with the at-fault driver's automobile insurance company. Three months after the filing of the claim, the case settled for $300,000 . A high settlement or money award is important because it may help the injured client hire one of the top plastic surgeons to work on the facial scars.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite, and have sustained a scar, you may also recover compensation from the dog owner or his/her homeowners insurance company. In fact, in 2011, dog bites accounted for more than one-third of homeowners insurance liability claims, costing nearly $479 million. The Insurance Information Institute analyzed homeowners insurance data and found that the average cost of dog bite claims in the U.S. was $29,396 in 2011. The Lassen Law Firm has successfully settled many dog bite cases over the years. The most recent dog bite settlement resulted in a $230,000 payout to the 15-year-old client who was bitten by her friend's dog. The incident occurred when the teen was visiting her friend's house. The friend's Pitt Bull, unrestrained at the time of the incident, attacked the girl, knocking her down to the floor, and mauled her face. The traumatic dog bite left a deep scar on the girl's left cheek which she tried to hide by covering it with her hair. In addition to the feeling of shame and insecurity, the girl became depressed and stopped participating in sports and other extracurricular activates. When her mother brought the girl to consult with a dog bite attorney at the Lassen Law Firm, the girl wanted to recover compensation high enough to cover several plastic surgeries needed to make the scar less visible. The Lassen Law Firm successfully negotiated with the dog owner's homeowners insurance company and settled the dog case for the full insurance limit.
At the Lassen Law Firm, our lawyers handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay any attorneys' fees unless and until we make a financial recovery on your behalf. If you have sustained a facial scar, disfigurement, other bodily injury because of a dog bite, automobile accident, or other incident caused by someone else's negligence, contact one of our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a 29% contingency fee, not the standard 45% like other firms. We serve ALL of Pennsylvania. We can sign you up over the phone and start working on your case today.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen