The more attractive you are, the more money you make, according to researchers at Cornell University and the University of Texas at Austin. They found that not only do visually unattractive people get hired less often but if they do have a job, they also earn a lower wage. In fact, one study showed that, on the whole, the most attractive Americans make 10 percent more than average-looking individuals. That is why, when a disfiguring accident alters your appearance, the damage is far more than skin deep. You not only face mounting medical bills but also discrimination, loss of income and loss of enjoyment of life. You need a disfigurement attorney to help contain the damage.
Definition of Disfigurement
A disfiguring accident brings about undesirable changes in your appearance that have far-ranging effects on you and those around you. Types of disfigurement include:
- Loss of an eye, ear or another body part
- Loss of a limb
- Nerve damage that affects muscular control
- Brain damage that inhibits physical functionality
A disfigurement such as scarring may be temporary, becoming less noticeable or disappearing altogether as you receive medical treatment and cosmetic surgery, or it can be something that you must deal with for the rest of your life.
The Financial Toll of Disfigurement
A disfiguring injury exacts a toll that overwhelms mere dollars and cents. However, the person at fault for your injury is legally obligated to cover your present and future costs, not only your out-of-pocket expenses but also your pain and suffering, the reduction in your lifelong earning ability and more. Statistically speaking, you will likely receive greater compensation if your disfigurement is plainly visible, such as facial scarring, or if the injury has inhibited your mobility on a permanent basis.
When Disfigurement Qualifies for Compensation
Car accidents are a leading cause of disfiguring injuries. Although in California, both parties involved may share partial blame, most of the time, one person bears the majority of the responsibility. For example, if a distracted driver swerves into your lane, colliding with your vehicle head-on, that driver bears financial liability for your injuries. If the shattered windshield has cut into your face, causing unsightly scars that will need a series of skin grafts, the person at fault must compensate you for those medical procedures.
Severe burns are frequently disfiguring, and they may involve deeper damage to bones and organs as well. Perhaps somebody threw an armload of wood on a burning campfire, spraying you with sparks that flamed up, causing extensive skin damage. Although no harm was intended, the person failed to take reasonable care in adding wood in a way that did not endanger those nearby. Therefore, that individual is liable for all damages related to your injury. If you sustain disfiguring scars from a chemical burn on the job, the person or company responsible for the situation that caused your injury must compensate you. A disfigurement attorney can help you get the funds you are entitled to so that you can get on with your life.
California Legal Advocates Can Help
At Rizio Liberty Lipinsky, we serve California with experienced and compassionate legal advocacy for disfiguring injuries. We understand that disfigurement has far-ranging consequences for your future and your economic stability, and we want to help. Touch base with us by completing our online form today, or call us at 888-292-8888 to speak to book a cost-free meeting with a legal professional.
- This article should only be used for informational purposes. It does not constitute legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney in your community.