Though motor vehicle accidents happen in an instant, they may result in lifelong injuries. Some of the most devastating injuries accident victims may suffer are disfigurement injuries. Disfigurement injuries are those that cause major changes in one’s appearance. Burns, cuts, surgeries (to repair injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents), and blunt force injuries are all examples of conditions that may lead to permanent disfigurement.
If you have been injured in a Florida car accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. If you can show that the negligence of another driver (or even a pedestrian, cyclist, or other individual using a public roadway) caused your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against that individual.
Personal injury claims generally require one to show that another person’s negligence was the direct cause of the victim’s injuries. For instance, consider an accident in which one car ran a red light and hit another car, shattering its windows. A victim in the car that was hit suffered numerous cuts from the shattered glass, many of which resulted in permanent scarring. Because the driver who ran the red light directly caused the victim’s scarring, the victim could pursue a claim for medical expenses and other damages related to the accident.
In addition to medical expenses, lost wages, loss of employment benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other costs may be claimed in a personal injury lawsuit.
With the assistance of a Florida personal injury attorney, a motor vehicle accident victim will recover the highest amount of compensation possible under Florida law. Without an attorney, the victim may settle the claim with the insurance company for far too little money—and once the paperwork is signed, it is too late to go back.