If you were in a car accident and suffered cuts and lacerations that led to a visible scar on your face, you may wonder how does it apply to compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
The first thing to know is, if someone caused a car accident that led to your scar, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in Oregon to recover compensation. How much the scar is worth in dollars is always difficult to say. It depends on the type and severity of the scar, how much it affects your life and ability to earn income. It also matters who the adjuster is that is handling your case. Generally, you will need a permanent and significant scar to obtain compensation for pain and suffering associated with the scar. Obviously, the scar will have more impact if is bigger rather than smaller.
While many people do not realize it, insurance adjusters and jurors will look at the value of your scar based in part on their own background. An adjuster who does a lot of things outdoors may put less value on your scar than a person who does not do much outside. The adjuster may not offer you as much if you do not clearly explain why the scar is significant and is negatively affecting your life. This is a good reason to work with an experienced Oregon personal injury attorney. He or she can help you detail how the scar is affecting your life in terms of your income, self-esteem and general quality of life.
One of the ways that you can get more money for your scar in a personal injury lawsuit is that having a visible, large scar can decrease your ability to earn an income. For instance, say that you are in a car crash and the glass cut you and causes scars on your wrists. When people see you, they may think you may have tried to kill yourself. The negative view that people have of your scars can reduce your ability to enjoy your life.
If you have an operation as a result of a car accident, you need to explain in your demand letter that the scar is permanently reminding you of your injury. You could send the insurance company pictures of how the scar looked right after surgery and tell them what people said to you when they first saw your scar.
If you have a large facial scar from your car accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, it is more significant than a scar on any other part of the body. This is true whether you are an adult or child. This is because people see your face more than any other part of your body.
Scars from car accidents are important part of your personal injury claim. How much depends on the type of scar, severity, where it is, and the background of the insurance adjuster.