Dallas Lawyers for Facial Scars and Disfigurement After a Motorcycle Accident
If you or someone you love was involved in a serious motorcycle accident, you might be entitled to compensation. After catastrophic injuries, you hope your wounds heal so you can go back to life as it was before the accident.
Unfortunately, serious wounds often leave behind scars and disfigurement. These leave a lasting reminder of the trauma you experienced. When your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your loss and suffering. However, insurance companies do not make the process easy.
When you contact the Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers of The Benton Law Firm, we will listen to the details of your case and answer your questions. We believe that you deserve the best legal representation possible. Yet, quality legal services often come with a high price tag.
For this reason, we provide you with a free initial consultation. If we decide to work together, we work on a contingency basis. This means you are not charged any fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Call our office today at (214) 777-7777 to talk with one of our legal professionals and get your questions answered.
How Motorcycle Accidents Cause Scars and Disfigurement
Scar tissue is a mark that’s left on the skin after a wound or an injury has healed. Scars are a natural part of the healing process, and most minor injuries will result in scar tissue that fades but may not completely disappear.
During a motorcycle accident, it is not uncommon to experience deep abrasions, also called road rash, lacerations, or burns from contact with debris on the road, the motorcycle, or the motor vehicle.
Scars form when the dermis is damaged. This is the deepest and thickest layer of skin. As the body forms new collagen to repair the damage, a scar results. The new tissue has a different texture and quality, so it is more obvious to even a casual observer.
When a scar first develops, it’s usually pink or red, and then the color begins to fade. As the scar ages, it becomes slightly darker or lighter than the natural color of the skin. In some cases, the scar can itch or become painful and tender.
Disfigurement is a physical impairment by deep and persistent injuries. During a motorcycle accident, the cyclist may suffer from a traumatic amputation, deep lacerations, or crushing bone injury. In each case, as the wound or injury heals, it can result in permanent physical disfigurement.
Types of Scars and Disfigurement
While scar tissue is a form of physical disfigurement, motorcycle accidents can also cause other types. For example, a traumatic amputation during an accident may result in the loss of a hand, arm, foot, or leg. Even with excellent medical care, a crushing bone injury can cause a permanent limp or a disfigured arm, leg, or face.
There are a variety of different types of scars. Many are flat and pale, but the way in which scar tissue forms is dependent on several factors. For example, how the injury occurred, such as a burn or severe laceration, will have an impact on the type of scar that develops.
Additionally, the size and location of the wound, treatment you receive, and your age, ethnicity, and overall health will have an impact on a scar’s appearance. Several types of scar tissue can appear as a wound heals. These include:
Contracture: These develop after a burn injury. The skin tightens or contracts, which impedes range of motion, especially when scar tissue forms around a joint or develops within the muscles and nerves.
Keloid: These scars are raised above the surface and will spread beyond the area that was wounded. The overgrowth of scar tissue can also affect movement. This happens when the body produces too much collagen. These are more common in younger and dark-skinned people.
Hypertrophic: These also occur when the body produces too much collagen, but they do not spread beyond the wounded area. They may become smaller over time, but a hypertrophic scar will never completely flatten.
The impact of scarring and disfigurement can last for years. They are visible reminders of a traumatic event, which can take an ongoing psychological toll on the victim. A loss of a limb or other body part can cause serious difficulty in your everyday life.
Scarring and disfigurement can impact your ability to work in your established profession, enjoy a favorite hobby, and even do something as simple as walking the dog.
How an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
If you have suffered a serious injury that has led to scarring or disfigurement, you may be facing mounting medical bills, as well as a long recovery. After a significant injury, the at-fault party’s insurance company may have an insurance adjuster call to ask you questions or to offer you an initial settlement.
You are within your rights to refuse to answer questions until you have an attorney present. It is in your best interest to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can help prevent you from saying something that may adversely affect your case.
Insurance adjusters may try to seem as if they want to be your friend, but it is their job to gather evidence that disproves your claim. When you work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney from The Benton Law Firm, you are working with a legal professional who will fight for your right to compensation. Our legal team is made up of lawyers who are aggressive negotiators with insurance companies and tenacious litigators should your case go to court.
Time Limit to File an Injury Lawsuit
We work hard to negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. However, negotiations may not be successful. In this case, you may choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Every state has a time limit in which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is dictated by the statute of limitations. In Texas, the law allows two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in court. If you do not file the proper paperwork within two years of the accident, you will likely relinquish your rights to seek justice in court.
Call The Benton Law Firm Today After a Motorcycle Accident
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence or malicious behavior, you might be entitled to compensation. Scar tissue and disfigurement can have a negative impact on the rest of your life, and if you didn’t cause the accident, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial cost on your own.
The compassionate and experienced attorneys at The Benton Law Firm know how insurance companies try to limit your compensation. It is our goal to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Call our office today at (214) 777-7777 to schedule your free consultation and case evaluation.