A Texas Disfigurement Attorney
Catastrophic injuries of all types are tragic and can cause extensive trauma. Disfigurement, however, stands out among the rest when it comes to psychological trauma. Disfigurement is defined as a permanent physical change to your body which negatively impacts your appearance. This impairment in physical appearance causes many disfigured people to feel isolated from others and unattractive, which permeates every aspect of their life. At Annie McAdams, P.C., we understand how your disfigurement influences day-to-day life and stand by your side in seeking the compensation you are owed so you can receive the help you need.
Accidents That Cause Disfigurement
There are numerous accidents which can lead to a person being disfigured, including:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Burn Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Animal Bites
- Industrial Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Oil, Gas, & Chemical Accidents
- Severe Lacerations
What You Can Recover for Disfigurement
If you have been disfigured in an accident like those mentioned above, there are different types of compensation you may be entitled to receive. Compensation will fall into one of three groups: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages are financial losses that are easy put a price tag on and prove, such as:
- Medical bills for care received immediately after the accident and continuing for as long as care is needed
- Cost of medication needed due to the disfigurement
- Costs related to therapies such as physical and occupational therapies
- Loss of wages, both current and future
- Disability costs
- Other financial losses
Non-economic damages are not as easy to quantify as economic damages. There is no receipt to be shown for these types of losses. In court, they are typically proven through victim testimony, the testimony of medical and non-medical experts, psychological evaluations, and medical records. They include:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Metal anguish
- Loss of society
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Pain & Suffering
While economic and non-economic damages are an attempt at compensating you for your disfigurement, punitive damages are meant to punish and discourage the conduct of the person or entity that caused your disfigurement. Punitive damages are only awarded when that conduct was particularly heinous. It will typically need to be an act of gross (not mere) negligence or malicious intent. By awarding these damages, the court is sending a message to the wrong-doer that their actions were unacceptable, and they (and others) should be discouraged from repeating the offense. Because of this, punitive damages are rarely awarded.
A Texas Disfigurement Attorney That Doesn’t Back Down
When you have been disfigured in an accident, you need personal injury counsel that isn’t afraid to stand up for you and won’t back down when the parties responsible don’t want to pay. Annie McAdams is that kind of lawyer. Contact our firm today by calling 713-785-6262 or via our contact page.