Recovering Damages for Disfigurement from a Motorcycle Accident in Texas
Even a moderate-impact motorcycle accident can cause disfigurement and scarring so serious it affects your ability to earn a living, your interpersonal relations, and peace of mind. Your claim, therefore, must account for both the financial and emotional damages you suffered from the disfigurement.
What types of disfigurement can result from a motorcycle accident?There can be several types of scarring and disfigurement that can result from a motorcycle accident. Road rash, or the abrasions, wounds, and lacerations that the motorcyclist may suffer to the arms, legs, and other exposed areas of the body during an accident, can become infected with soil and road debris that enter the wound. Even when the wounds heal, they may leave behind keloids, raised, bumpy, smooth, and shiny scars. These scars are prominent, look unpleasant, and, if they are on exposed areas of the body, can severely affect your financial productivity.
Additionally, a motorcyclist may suffer injuries that result in disfigurement like facial fractures and jawbone misalignment.
What are the financial damages that can result from disfigurement?Financial damages resulting from disfigurement will include medical expenses incurred in your treatment and lost income. Remember, that if the scarring is very visible, or on exposed areas like the face, it could affect your ability to land a good job or even continue in the job that you are currently doing. For instance, if you are in the entertainment, hospitality, public relations, or marketing sectors, you might find that your disfigurement severely affects your ability to continue with your current job.
Apart from the scarring, the lack of mobility that results from certain types of disfigurement could also impact your ability to work and earn the same income as before your accident.
What are the emotional damages you can claim for disfigurement?When you have suffered scarring and disfigurement, it can severely affect your self-esteem and confidence levels. People who have suffered these injuries are more likely to suffer from trauma, anxiety, and depression in the months after the accident. These injuries also often cause a drop in the quality of social and interpersonal relationships that a person enjoys. These emotionally painful experiences can give rise to a claim for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
How will an attorney determine the damages you can claim?The kind and amount of damages that you can claim in a motorcycle accident will depend on the compensation victims won in earlier cases similar to yours. Your attorneys will also call in medical experts to determine your financial losses, and to analyze the cost of your treatment, cost of removal of the scars, and other financial damages that you are likely to suffer.