Scarring and Disfigurement
When an accident results in scarring and disfigurement, the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges for the victim can be devastating. If you have been hurt because of someone else’s careless actions, it is advisable to speak to a qualified attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At Miller Legal Services, our injury lawyers understand how scarring and disfigurement can affect victims in Marietta and the surrounding communities. We can work diligently to seek the justice and compensation that you deserve for your harm.Holding a Negligent Defendant Liable for Damages
Scarring and disfigurement can come about in many ways, such as motor vehicle accidents, defective products, slip and falls, electrical fires, medical malpractice, and more. For example, you may suffer permanent cuts and scars on your face from a car wreck in which the windshield shatters. Alternatively, you may suffer deep burns and scars as a result of an encounter with a dangerous device.
In most situations in which someone is responsible for causing a victim to suffer scarring or disfigurement, that individual may be able to seek compensation through a negligence claim. Negligence is a failure to exercise the appropriate level of care, which is usually defined as how a prudent or sensible person would act in the same or similar circumstances. In order to succeed in a negligence claim, the injured party must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to exercise care and that the defendant breached this duty. Furthermore, the defendant’s failure to use reasonable care must have been the direct cause of the victim’s injuries, and the plaintiff must have sustained damages that are reasonably quantifiable as a result.
An injured person who successfully demonstrates the elements of negligence may be able to recover damages for his or her scarring and disfigurement. Available forms of compensation typically include medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. Additionally, if the scarring and disfigurement adversely affected the victim’s ability to work, he or she may be able to collect money for lost income and earning capacity.
Under Georgia law, a victim has a limited time window to file a personal injury claim, known as the statute of limitations. Individuals who want to file a negligence lawsuit must do so within two years from the date of the accident. Unless one of the narrow exceptions applies, a victim who fails to file within the statute of limitations likely will find that a court will not hear the case.Protect Your Rights by Consulting a Marietta Lawyer after a Devastating Accident
At Miller Legal Services, we work closely with people who have suffered gravely from scarring and disfigurement. We understand that no amount of money can undo the harm that you have suffered, but adequate compensation can help you get the reconstruction procedures and therapy you may need. Our Marietta attorneys are skilled in car accident and other personal injury claims, and we are committed to the goal of holding negligent parties accountable for the consequences of their conduct. You can rest assured that we can advocate zealously for your rights. We proudly represent individuals from Roswell, Smyrna, and other cities in Georgia. Feel free to call us at 770-284-3727 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.