Colorado Springs Scarring and Disfigurement Attorneys
Representation After an Injury Resulting in Scars or Disfigurements in Colorado Springs
The consequences of being inflicted with a physical scar after an accident should never be understated. Long after victims have healed from injuries, completed physical therapy, and gone back to work or school, they may still have to deal with a physical reminder of their trauma. Self-esteem issues and body dysmorphia may be the result of facial disfigurements, burns, and amputations, and victims should not have to suffer for these scars alone if someone else caused their accidents.
If you or someone you love suffered a disfiguring injury in Colorado Springs as a result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve full compensation for your medical bills, recovery, and emotional trauma. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we work closely with clients to understand how their injuries have affected them following an accident. We always advocate for the maximum value of a case and plainly explain your options. When you are ready, call The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., at (719) 475-2555 to get a free case evaluation.
The Harsh Reality of Permanent Scars and Disfigurements
There is always the risk of developing a scar or a disfigurement, if you were in an accident that involved a high-speed vehicle, fire, or hazardous chemicals. While advancements in medicine have allowed doctors to treat injuries with minimal scarring, such as with skin grafts, these treatments come at a high price. Very few people can afford these costs out of pocket, and insurance companies often dismiss them as cosmetic, making it more difficult for victims to recover compensation.
But we know it is not just about treating the physical trauma of a catastrophic injury. Facial disfigurements, amputations, burn marks, and raised scars can leave a lasting impact on a victim’s confidence, especially if he or she is young. Children with scars and disfigurements may develop self-esteem issues that make it difficult for them to make friends, develop social skills, and advocate for themselves. Therapy can play a major role in helping children deal with their scars, but, alongside reconstructive treatment, this comes with a hefty price.
If you suffered serious trauma due to someone else’s actions, then they should be responsible for paying for your medical care, including reconstructive surgery, therapy, and all related costs. No matter the type of accident you were in, if someone else caused you to suffer a scarring or disfiguring injury, then you deserve full compensation.
- Burns caused in fire-related accidents, including apartment fires, tanker-truck explosions, and chemical exposure
- Motorcycle accidents that result in road rash, deglovings, and crush injuries
- Traumatic amputations in auto accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Dog attacks
- Catastrophic fractures that break the skin, such as facial fractures
What Damages Are Available for Scars and Disfigurements?
If you developed a scar due to a facial facture or burn, then your personal injury claim should ask for compensation for the original injury, as well as reconstructive treatment. In addition, any therapy bills should be included in your medical expenses. In general, anything related to your recovery and medical treatment will fall under economic damages, which do not have a cap in Colorado.
When it comes to noneconomic damages, you can ask for compensation for: pain and suffering, inconvenience, emotional stress, and impairment of the quality of life. This can become a point of contention when you deal with an insurance company, as insurers often try to dismiss noneconomic damages as frivolous, but we can include them in your claim, especially if they have affected your personal life.
Colorado does have a cap on noneconomic damages, which change every two years starting 2020. There is a standard cap that can be increased by the court upon clear and convincing evidence to a maximum of $1,227,530, according to Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-21-102.5(3)(a) and a subsequent Secretary of State Certificate. If your case included a physical impairment (disability) or disfigurement, then there is no cap under state law, as stated under Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-21-102.5(3)(c).
Dealing With a Dismissive Insurance Company
After a traumatic accident, dealing with a dismissive insurance company is difficult. While you may be fully covered under the at-fault party’s liability policy, chances are that when you bring your claim to the insurance adjuster, they will try to dismiss or devalue your injuries. They may offer a small settlement that partially covers your emergency room bills, but they rarely offer compensation for reconstructive surgery, therapy, or pain and suffering damages. To get the money you need to heal and move on, you will need a knowledgeable disfigurement attorney.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we believe that you deserve fair compensation after an injury. We often meet with clients who have already tried talking to the insurance company on their own and felt the pain of having their injuries devalued or dismissed. Based on our years of experience and knowledge of Colorado’s personal injury laws, we can provide the strong legal guidance you need.
Our team is made up of experienced trial attorneys who understand how insurance companies operate. Attorney Philip Shadwick knows firsthand the tactics insurance companies use to dismiss claims and how to fight back. Founding attorney Timothy Bussey made his mark representing clients in tough negotiations and the courtroom. Together, our team can advocate for the full costs of your injuries and fight to get you compensation.
Get a Free Case Evaluation Today
If you or someone you love has suffered a disfiguring injury due to someone else’s negligence, do not despair. Our Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., have fought for numerous clients over the years who have suffered traumatic scars and disfigurements. We can dig into the details of your case, calculate the full costs of your injuries, and build a strong case for compensation. We offer every potential client a free consultation, so there is no cost to calling us at (719) 475-2555.