How Much is My Utah Accident Claim Worth if My Injury Left a Scar?
Legal Disclaimer: The following values are based on prior cases and should not be interpreted to imply or guarantee that your personal injury claim or lawsuit will have a similar resolution. The circumstances of every accident and the resulting injuries are very different, and only after reviewing your matter in a detailed legal consultation can an attorney give legal guidance. Moreover, a jury will determine the final value of your case.
A serious injury is a life-altering event that has negative impacts on your physical health, your mental state, and your finances. However, the effects of a major injury are especially devastating in cases where the victim develops a permanent scar, or becomes permanently disfigured, as a result of the accident. Permanent scars serve as constant reminders of the terrible, traumatic event that caused the injury to occur, and furthermore, can cause victims to be bullied or excluded by others. Scars can even lead to depression and cause long-term problems with self-esteem and relationships.
Call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 right away if you or a loved one suffered permanent scarring after being injured in an accident in Utah. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Though we are based in Salt Lake City, we are proud to serve communities throughout Utah.
Utah Accident Lawyers Handling Scarring and Disfigurement Claims
If you or one of your family members developed permanent scars after being injured in an accident, you should ask an experienced personal injury lawyer about your options for getting compensated. Attorney Darwin Overson has over 33 years of experience fighting for injury compensation on behalf of Utah residents, and handles a wide range of claims and lawsuits including but not limited to:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Defective Products
- Dog Bite Injuries
- Medical Malpractice
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Truck Accidents
Darwin understands how difficult and overwhelming the period after a serious injury is. Count on Darwin to handle your legal work, provide compassionate support, guide you through the claims process, and aggressively protect your interests as an accident victim. You have rights — Darwin can help you exercise them.
What Types of Damages Are Available for Injury Victims with Permanent Facial Scars?
Compensation may be recovered, depending on the circumstances, by making an insurance claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit. For instance, if the scar resulted from a vehicular accident, the other driver’s auto insurance company may provide compensation for your injuries. If the responsible party’s insurance company denies liability and refuses to make a settlement offer, Darwin is ready to bring your case to trial.
Different kinds of compensation, or damages, may be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit involving permanent scarring. Depending on the details of the situation, damages may include:
- Compensatory Damages — Compensation for costs and losses sustained by the plaintiff (injury victim).
- Punitive Damages — Compensation intended to punish the defendant for “willful and malicious or intentionally fraudulent conduct,” or for “conduct that manifests a knowing and reckless indifference toward, and a disregard of, the rights of others,” as provided by Utah Code § 78B-8-201(1)(a).
Are There Limits on How Much Compensation I Can Receive from a Settlement for My Scar?
There are two types of compensatory damages:
- Economic Damages (Special Damages) — Compensation for expenses and financial losses, including those projected to occur in the future, such as future corrective surgeries. This category covers:
- Benefits Losses
- Income Losses
- Medical Expenses
- Reduced Earning Power
- Non-Economic Damages (General Damages) — Compensation for emotional and physical harm, generally referred to as pain and suffering. Extensive scarring can cause severe psychological distress and even cause marriages to end, factors which should be considered when calculating an award.
Until the recent past, the distinction between economic and non-economic damages affected the amount of compensation available to injury victims in Utah. Until a Supreme Court decision in 2015 ruled this limit unconstitutional, non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases resulting in wrongful death were capped at $450,000. Today, this limit no longer applies. Likewise, economic damages are not subject to any caps.
Ultimately, the value of your injury case or settlement will depend on factors that are unique to every claim, which is one of the reasons it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable accident attorney. The value of your claim will be determined by factors such as:
- The size of the scar.
- The location of the scar.
- The age of the victim when the scar developed.
- The extent to which the scar is physically impairing or disabling.
- The nature of the medical care needed to repair the scar.
Review Your Case in a Free Legal Consultation With Our Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or one of your family members is living with permanent scars after being hurt in a crash or other type of accident, know you may have options for receiving compensation.
To talk about your Utah personal injury claim in a free and confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143. Darwin can come to you if you are unable to travel because of your injuries.