Disfigurement and permanent scars have devastating effects on a person’s life. Disfigurement may affect a person’s ability to land jobs, find a romantic partner, get married, and enjoy his/her life to the fullest.
Not to mention that disfigurement in an area of the body that is visible when clothed may cause severe and long-lasting emotional distress and psychological issues associated with the desperate need for acceptance in society and a sense of inferiority (doubt, lack of self-worth).
Here at the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg, our disfigurement attorneys have helped victims of permanent injuries, scarring, and disfigurement to seek six-, seven- and even eight-figure settlements in compensatory damages.
Things to consider before filing a disfigurement claim
In Los Angeles, courts perceive scarring or disfigurement in the most visible areas – such as the face, neck, and hands – as more severe and harmful than scarring in other areas of the body that are typically hidden beneath clothing (back, chest, etc.).
Our Los Angeles disfigurement attorney explains that age and gender play a crucial role when determining the number of damages that can be recovered in disfigurement claims.
Statistically speaking, younger individuals – and particularly women – are generally able to recover larger settlements and compensatory damages. This may seem like a double standard situation, but women rely on their beauty more than men do.
However, in no way does it mean that you should not try to seek compensatory damages for disfigurement if you’re a man or an older individual.
How common are disfigurement claims?
Disfigurement claims are very common in Los Angeles as well as other cities of California both in and outside of the workplace.
While construction workers may suffer disfigurement and severe scarring while performing their duties, other people are just as likely to face permanent injuries in car accidents, fires, gas explosions, dog bites, and many other accidents.
Here at the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg, our disfigurement attorneys and personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles divide such claims into several categories:
- Road crash injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle accidents, etc.)
- Construction accidents (falls, heavy equipment accidents, etc.)
- Burn injuries, electrical accidents, toxic exposure, and gas explosions (defective products, etc.)
- Dog attacks
If you have suffered scarring or disfigurement due to somebody else’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensatory damages by filing a disfigurement lawsuit against the negligent party.
It’s not recommended to call your insurance company before consulting an experienced disfigurement attorney, as relying on your insurer’s damage assessment and/or accepting an initial settlement offer may seriously minimize your compensation.
How to file a disfigurement claim in Los Angeles?
If you’re considering to file a disfigurement claim in Los Angeles and sue a negligent party for your injuries and damages, it’s imperative that you document your scarring or disfigurement with the help of your physician.
When getting your medical records on paper, ask your doctor to mention whether or not the injuries may have any effect on mobility and/or result in permanent damages in the long-term.
You may also ask your doctor to assess the value of your disfigurement or scarring, but a skilled disfigurement attorney will typically take more factors into consideration, which may maximize your compensatory damages.
Here at the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg, the law corporation of AV-rated attorneys with over 30 years of experience navigating disfigurement claims, our finest lawyers are available 24/7 to consult you about your particular case and find the best court of action for you.