Car Accidents and Disfigurement

A car accident scene

Car accidents can cause terrible injuries that can impact people for the rest of their lives. These accidents are traumatic, painful, and costly. Nevada’s personal injury laws allow victims injured in car accidents to seek damages against those at fault. If you have suffered a serious injury in a car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. to explore your legal options.

Explaining Damages

Victims of car accidents can seek “economic” damages and “non-economic” damages against people or companies whose negligence caused their injury. Economic damages are financial costs associated with an injury, like lost wages and medical expenses. Non-economic damages are meant to cover the numerous other harms that a person may suffer, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of use, emotional distress, and disfigurement. Also, punitive damages—meant to punish bad behavior—may be available in the exceptional case when the person responsible acted with malice.

Damages for Disfigurement

While some injuries from a car accident heal over time, some injuries are permanent. Damages for disfigurement provides compensation for permanent injuries. Examples of disfigurement include facial scarring, body scarring, burns, loss of limb, or loss of body part.

An injury that causes disfigurement can have an immense impact on a victim’s life, mental health, and relationships. It can also affect a victim’s career prospects. Damages for disfigurement can be significant, but require a thorough presentation of evidence to support a claim. It may be necessary to utilize an expert witness to provide an opinion to support a disfigurement claim, which may come in tandem with pain and suffering claim. Evidence a jury might weigh when deciding an award of damages for disfigurement includes:

  • the victim’s age
  • the victim’s health
  • the type of disfigurement
  • the visibility of the disfigurement
  • the impacts of the disfigurement on the victim’s life
  • career impacts of the disfigurement

Let the Personal Injury Attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. Help

If another driver has seriously injured you, you may have a claim for damages. The award winning attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. can help you determine whether to pursue a personal injury claim. We have a proven record of success and have recovered millions of dollars of damages for our clients. Let us help you. Call us today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.

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