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Can compensation be recovered for disfigurement?


Car accidents happen every day in Knoxville and throughout Tennessee. Though some of these crashes are minor fender benders where the only damage done is to property, there are other wrecks that leave individuals with serious, sometimes life-threatening injuries. Recovering from these injuries can take time, strength, and a depth of financial resources. As has been discussed on the blog before, those who have suffered harm due to a negligent driver can file a lawsuit against that driver in an attempt to recover compensation for medical expenses. But what about other harm that, though perhaps not physically painful, causes a victim anguish?

For example, a car crash victim may be injured in a way that leaves him or her with extensive scarring or burns. Sometimes these disfigurements leave an individual with the need for reconstructive surgery, and many times these victims become embarrassed about their new condition. Making matters worse, every time these individuals look at themselves in the mirror, there is the very real possibility that they will be reminded of the wreck that left them disfigured.

Fortunately, it may be possible for those who suffer disfigurement to recover additional compensation. It is worth noting, however, that in order to recover damages for disfigurement a victim must show that the permanent marks cause him or her mental anguish. This is a matter that can be addressed with a personal injury attorney.

There is a lot to consider after being harmed in a car accident. A victim may need medical attention, a new car, and time off from work, in addition to having to handle complex legal and insurance matters. When a victim is disfigured, the whole situation can be made worse, as he or she may be left with a permanent reminder of a terrible tragedy. Therefore, it is important that those who have suffered such harm take legal action against the individual who harmed them in an attempt to hold them accountable.

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