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What Is Permanent Disfigurement?


( 1, 2020)--Some people suffer catastrophic injuries that result in severe scarring and permanent disfigurement. So what is permanent disfigurement? Someone is permanently disfigured when their body has been altered or changed and it leaves visible scars that affect their appearance. Such scars can be used as evidence in a lawsuit, especially if they were caused by another person's intentional actions or negligence.

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What Accidents Can Cause Permanent Disfigurement?

Some accidents may result in injuries that cause permanent disfigurement. These are some common accidents that can cause this type of injury:

  • Motorcycle and car accidents
  • Workplace accidents, such as falls
  • Injuries during birth
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Recreational and sports accidents
  • Medical malpractice and negligence, such as surgical errors
  • Explosions and fires
  • Animal attacks and dog bites
  • Bullet wounds
  • Burns

Examples of Permanent Disfigurement

When you are involved in any of the above accidents, you may end up with any of these types of permanent disfigurement:

  • Excessive and permanent scarring that leads to tissue build-up
  • Loss of a body part such as a finger, arm, toe, hand, ear, or an eye
  • Loss of movement
  • Blindness
  • Changes in your skin pigmentation
  • Contortions caused by musculoskeletal or nerve damage

Emotional Damage Resulting From Disfigurement

Accidents that lead to disfigurement can have a lasting impact on a person's self-esteem and mental health. This can lead to adverse effects on the injured victim's social functionality, leading to isolation and withdrawal. A permanently disfiguring injury can affect a person's quality of life. It may also lead to negative emotional impact on the victim's friends and family, which can harm close relationships like marriage.


There are certain severe injuries incurred from accidents that can affect a person's ability to go to work and earn a living. This significantly affects the people who work in industries where appearance is essential, such as modeling, entertainment, and hospitality industries. Disfiguring injuries on the face that lead to scars from cuts or burns, dental injuries, and loss of an eye have a higher potential to cause emotional and mental health problems. Disfigurement of any visible part of the body, such as hand and leg amputation, can also have similar effects.

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Spine injuries may lead to appearance changes such as bulging ribs, shoulders that aren’t level, shifting of the waist, and uneven hips. According to the Mayo Clinic, a foot disfigurement can also lead to similar effects, with the victim losing their ability to walk. This can also change their appearance.


What to Do Before Filing a Claim

It's essential to have your injury and scars evaluated and assessed by a medical expert before filing a compensation claim. There are numerous things that the court will consider for a compensation case, and these are a few:

1. The location and severity of the scar tissue, including facial scars and disfigurement

2. Any negative impacts the disfigurement has on the quality of your life

3. If it's a child, the age and gender of the child

4. The extent of current, past, and any predicted future suffering experienced

5. Any emotional and psychological effects a scar will have on you


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Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you have suffered a permanently disfiguring and devastating injury in an accident due to someone else's negligence, you should contact an experienced attorney to help you claim compensation. Experienced injury attorneys know what you are going through as they have dealt with cases almost similar to yours. They will diligently work with you so the compensation you receive will pay your medical bill and secure your financial future.


You should hire a lawyer from a reputable law firm that values and is committed to personal, economic, and social justice for victims of permanently disfiguring accidents. Once you hire the right firm, they will investigate your injury claims and circumstances and work to help you get compensation for lost wages, medical bills, physical and mental suffering. They may also be able to get compensation for any other future losses resulting from the injuries.


In many cases, attorneys will be able to negotiate a settlement through liable parties like homeowners, car owners, and commercial liability insurance companies. When the attorney shows the evidence they collected from your injury case, most liable parties will want to settle and avoid court. However, for those who won't settle, they are willing to fight for you in court.