Compensation for Permanent Scarring in a Bicycle Accident
Bicyclists in Arvada may suffer injuries that can leave a person permanently scarred. Victims can recover compensation for permanent scarring to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other relevant damages.
Consequences of Facial Scarring or Disfigurement after a Bicycle AccidentThere are long-term consequences to any facial injuries after a bicycle accident. Road rash or abrasions and lacerations suffered during a bicycle accident can lead to long-term scarring of the face, neck, arms, hands, legs, or other areas of the body. This may require cosmetic surgery to treat the injuries or reduce the appearance of scarring. Initial treatment can also lead to significant medical bills. There is a potential for long-term psychological trauma related to scarring from a bicycle accident as well. Some might have trouble returning to a former job, for example, and victims might feel embarrassment and avoid social situations, leading to other damages.
Medical Compensation for Permanent ScarringIf you suffered facial scarring in a bicycle accident, you could recover compensation for medical expenses incurred after the injury. That includes emergency medical costs like transport to the hospital and emergency department care. It also includes any treatment to close your lacerations, graft skin over severe road rash, or other treatment to address the immediate concerns of your injuries. It may also include the costs of reconstructive surgery to reduce the appearance of scars. Some medical treatments may reduce the appearance of scars, but costs can vary greatly depending on the severity of the scarring, the type of procedure, and even your location. Some require physical therapy and rehabilitation, especially if injuries impair mobility. Thus, the medical compensation amount for scarring varies greatly.
Lost Income and Lost Future Income Earning PotentialVictims may have to stay out of work while they recuperate from their injuries. Compensation can help cover those lost wages during the initial recovery period. But compensation for permanent scarring may also include damages related to loss of earning capacity. For example, disfigurement from scarring may affect ability to earn wages in some industries, especially aesthetic positions like modeling for example. But scarring may create social embarrassment in some cases, making jobs that require interacting with the public more difficult. A settlement should calculate your expected loss of earnings over the course of your career - such as if you must change career fields or take a lower-paying job - to calculate your loss of earning capacity as a result of the injury.
Noneconomic Compensation for Permanent ScarringYour bicycle accident claim can include compensation for noneconomic damages. For instance, a disfigurement claim could also include compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress. It's more complicated to calculate noneconomic damages compared to monetary damages, though, because noneconomic damages do not come with a specific price tag. An attorney will help you calculate these damages based on the severity of the injuries, how the injuries affect your ability to perform activities in which you used to engaged, and more. The location of your permanent scarring may also be a factor when figuring out noneconomic damages. If the scarring is on your face, head, hands, arms, legs, or other areas that are more commonly visible, you may recover more compensation than if your scarring is on a part of the body often hidden, like the chest or buttocks. Make sure you review this with an attorney, as figuring out noneconomic compensation for permanent scarring after a bike accident can be difficult.