The Law Office of Doug Goyen represents people injured due to the negligence of others. We have represented clients needing a Dallas disfigurement accident attorney since 1997. People who suffer injuries due to negligence may sustain severe injuries, including disfigurement as a result of the accident (cuts or surgery leaving scars, burns, severe abrasions, etc.). In Texas, those who have suffered disfigurement as a result of an accident caused by negligence can recover from their disfigurement as a separate element of damage. A Dallas personal injury lawyer that handles auto accidents can review your case and advise you on whether you have a disfigurement claim.
You were unable to control the other driver that caused your injury. Take back control and hire a personal injury lawyer to get the compensation you deserve for the harm done to you. The first move on the path to recovery is to contact a car accident attorney who will fight for your rights, obtain the compensation you deserve, and eventually help direct you through your case with the experience, knowledge, and passion for justice that your case deserves.
DALLAS DISFIGUREMENT ACCIDENT ATTORNEY – DAMAGES YOU CAN RECOVER
The violence of an auto accident can cause serious and permanent injuries to people involved in those accidents. Cuts, abrasions, and crushing blows can scar or even misshape a person’s body or face forever. Texas law allows people who have suffered disfigurement due to negligence to recover for their damages in negligence cases such as auto accidents as a distinct form or damages separate from other types of general damages such as pain and suffering or mental anguish.
Disfigurement injuries can result from broken glass, from a sun visor slicing the person’s face as the body is thrown forward, from objects within the vehicle, from objects outside the vehicle that are propelled into the vehicle such as highway debris, from crushing side impacts such as a T-bone collision to the door of the vehicle, from devastating front end collisions when another driver fails to yield the right of way or hits another vehicle head-on, from rear-end collisions that propel the occupant forward into door frames or dashboards, from ejections out of the vehicle, from rollovers, and from burn injuries. If you need to consult with a Dallas disfigurement accident attorney, contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100.
Texas Law on Disfigurement:
Texas courts have defined disfigurement as an “impairment of beauty, symmetry, or appearance; that which renders unsightly or deforms in some way.” Hopkins County Hosp. Dist. v Allen, 760 S.W.2d 341 (Tex.App.—Texarkana 1988, no writ).
In terms of recovering from disfigurement caused by an accident, it is distinct from pain, suffering, and mental anguish. Pedernales Electric Cooperative v. Schultz, 583 S.W.2d 882 (Tex.Civ.App.—Waco 1979, writ ref’d n.r.e.). You can also seek compensation for future disfigurement caused by surgical scars.
If you were disfigured in an accident, Texas law presumes that you will be disfigured in the future as well. There is no set formula for calculating compensation for disfigurement. Each case is unique and must be judged on its own merits.
If you have been disfigured as a result of the negligence of another and want to speak to a Dallas disfigurement accident attorney, contact our office to speak to our Dallas personal injury lawyer and discuss your options for recovering compensation from those who caused your injury. Contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 to discuss your case.
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WHAT YOU ARE ABLE TO RECOVER FOR AN INJURY CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE
There are several categories of damages that you have the legal right to recover in Texas. These are to compensate you not only for the costs you incurred due to out-of-pocket expenses and costs caused by an injury such as the medical bills and lost income, but also to compensate you for the actual injury you suffered. These types of damages are called “general damages”, as there is no price tag on this type of injury.
Damages for general damages that are recoverable in auto accident personal injury cases include (but are not limited to) the following elements of damages:
1) Past and future disfigurement: How the injury has physically disfigured you in the past and how it will continue to disfigure you in the future. If you have scars or if your injury has changed your appearance, you may be able to recover damages for the disfigurement caused by the other person’s negligence.
People who have disfiguring injuries often feel as if they have lost a piece of themselves. The loss of a piece of your identity is priceless. This failure necessitates the wrongdoer’s restitution. Nobody wishes or requests to be disfigured as a result of someone else’s negligence. If a person is disfigured as a result of someone else’s negligence, the injured person should be compensated for the loss of their pre-disfigurement state.
The goal in personal injury law is to return the injured person to the position they would have been in had the injury not occurred. Disfigurement is often irreversible. A court can only compensate for this form of injury with money. For many people, there is no magic wand that can completely erase the disfigurement they suffered. The only justice in this situation is compensation for what has been taken.
2) Pain and Suffering: Compensation is allowed based on the common sense, knowledge, and sense of justice of a jury for past and future pain and suffering. Determining the value of pain and suffering in terms of settling a claim is therefore done by trying to think of how a jury – who doesn’t know anyone involved – will think the value is.
3) Mental Anguish: If your physical injury has caused mental anguish to a high degree, past and future mental anguish is an element of damage that is recoverable. The mental anguish must be more than mere disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or anger. Grief, severe disappointment, public humiliation, despair, shame, wounded pride, or indignation are more akin to what Texas courts regard as “mental anguish.”
4) Loss of consortium: If the injury severe enough that it has caused you to no longer enjoy the companionship of your family members, such as the companionship of your spouse, then you are entitled to recover for how this has damaged your family relationships.
In addition to the above “general damages”, you are also able to recover out of pocket damages for your injury, such as:
1) Past and future medical bills: The amount of the medical bills necessary to treat your injury, both in the past and future.
2) Past and future lost earning capacity: The amount of money you could have earned had you not been injured.
3) Loss of services: If a husband or wife can no longer do their normal household duties due to the injury, then they are entitled to recover.
WHAT WE CHARGE
You owe us nothing if we are unable to recover for your case. In personal injury cases, we charge a contingency fee. Contingency Fees are structured to take a percentage of whatever we are able to recover in your personal injury case. Because this is a performance-based contract, the better we do for you, the better we do for ourselves. This aligns our interests with your interests in the case.
We offer free phone consultations to discuss your case. During the phone consultation, we provide a free strategy session. The strategy session includes a summary of your case, the legal issues involved, and any legal issues we identify as being critical to maximizing the compensation you are owed. Call (972) 599 4100. We will start working on your case today.
Related Damages Pages:
- Bystander Damages in Accidents
- Disfigurement from an Accident
- Loss of Body Part or Mental Function from Accidents
- Loss of Consortium from Accident Injuries
- Loss of Inheritance in Negligence Cases
- Loss of Services from Accidents
- Lost Income from Accidents
- Medical Bills from Accidents
- Mental Anguish Personal Injury
- Pain and Suffering Personal Injury
- Physical Impairment from Accidents