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Scarring and Disfigurement Injuries in Florida

faceScarring and disfigurement can have serious physical, emotional, and psychological consequences for a victim. If someone’s carelessness or recklessness caused your accident and resulting injuries, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are well versed in virtually all types of personal injury cases and can advocate for your rights at every step of the way. These cases can be quite complicated, but you can rest assured that we can thoroughly examine the facts of your case to determine fault.

Severe burns, amputations, and loss of limbs are some examples of disfiguring injuries. Scars can be the result of burns, lacerations, scrapes, or puncture wounds. They often remain even after a wound heals and may significantly alter how a person looks. Some causes of scarring and disfigurement injuries include but are not limited to chemical spills, fires, road hazards, motor vehicle accidents, surgical errors, explosions, and construction accidents.

If your injuries were someone else’s fault, you may be able to file a negligence claim against that party. Negligence must be established before any damages can be recovered. Negligence is defined as an individual or entity’s failure to use reasonable care that results in harm to another person. Reasonable care refers to how a prudent or sensible person would act under the same or similar circumstances. As a result, what is considered ‘reasonable’ will vary based on the specific situation. In order to establish negligence, the following elements must be shown by a preponderance of the evidence:  i) the plaintiff was owed a duty of care by the plaintiff; ii) the defendant breached this duty of care owed to the plaintiff; iii) the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting harm; and iv) damages resulted.

Your scarring or disfigurement injury may require extensive, even life-long medical treatment. Scarring and disfigurement injuries not only leave a physical mark but also can create mental and emotional trauma for the victim. It is not uncommon for a person with these types of injuries to suffer from diminished self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. For these patients, regular therapy is a necessity on the road to recovery.

Under Florida law, an accident victim may recover both economic and non-economic damages. The exact amount of compensation that will be appropriate in your case will depend on a variety of factors, including the nature and extent of your injuries. Typically, however, a plaintiff will be able to recover medical bills, rehabilitation costs, therapy costs, pain and suffering, lost income, property damage, and more. Damages can be agreed upon in a settlement or can be awarded by a jury.

At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are here to answer your questions and seamlessly guide you through the legal process. Our skilled Miami catastrophic injury attorneys have the skills and experience to seek the compensation you deserve for your harm. You can rest assured that we will handle your case with the utmost compassion and competence. We proudly represent clients from all over South Florida. For more information, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.

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