A serious accident may leave a victim permanently disfigured or scarred. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our Spring Hill catastrophic injury attorneys provide victims with aggressive legal representation for their injuries, including disfigurement and scarring. We have extensive experience handling a broad range of personal injury matters. With over fifty years of combined practice in the law, we can provide seasoned advocacy to help you get the appropriate compensation for your injuries.
Personal Injury: Disfigurement and Scarring
Permanent physical injuries often result from accidents. Disfigurement occurs when an injury mars or negatively impacts a person’s physical appearance. Burns, lacerations, and loss of limbs are some examples of disfiguring injuries. Scars often remain after a wound heals and may look significantly different from the skin surrounding it.
In addition to the physical harm, disfigurement and scarring can have financial and psychological impacts on a victim. They can affect a person’s ability to work, particularly if the injury involves the loss of a limb or limits the mobility of an extremity. They often require expensive treatment, including:
- Reconstructive surgery
- Skin grafts
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy
Disfigurement and scarring can take an emotional toll, moreover, since they are physical and permanent reminders of an accident.
Accident Liability in Florida
If you suffered disfigurement or scarring as a result of an accident, you may hold the party who caused the injury accountable. Victims in Florida often hold defendants accountable by arguing that they were negligent. This requires the victim to prove that the defendant had a duty to exercise care, breached this duty, and caused the plaintiff’s injuries as a result of the breach.
Negligence can be the basis of liability in many motor vehicle crashes and premises liability cases. In a car accident, for example, the victim must show that the driver caused the injury by failing to be as careful as an ordinary driver would have been under similar circumstances. In premises liability cases, meanwhile, the victim would seek to prove that the property owner caused the injury by failing to maintain the property in reasonably safe conditions or warn others of known dangers.
You might be able to make legal arguments beyond negligence, although these will depend on the specific facts of your case. If the defendant injured you by breaking the law, you might need to prove only that the defendant caused your injury. You also might have a medical malpractice claim if you were injured by a healthcare professional.
Receive Compensation for Damages
A defendant in your case may claim that you were partially at fault for causing your injuries. Florida does not bar a negligent victim from recovering damages. Instead, the court will compare the negligence of all the parties and allow a victim to recover in proportion to his or her degree of fault.
If you prove a defendant’s liability, you may recover damages for your injuries. You can potentially recover for any past and future medical expenses, including surgeries and rehabilitative care, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Florida sets a time limit of four years from the accident for personal injury claims and two years from the accident for medical malpractice claims.
Seasoned Legal Advocacy
The North Tampa personal injury attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC are seasoned trial advocates who can help you effectively pursue your claim. We can review the facts of your case and counsel you on your legal rights. If we move forward with your case, you can depend on our negotiation and advocacy skills to help you get compensation for your disfigurement or scars. We serve clients throughout Pasco, Citrus, and Hernando Counties. Call our office or complete our online form to schedule a free initial consultation today.