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Are burn injuries considered a form of disfigurement?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2023 | Car Accidents

While minor injuries from fender benders are typically easy to handle, more serious accidents can have much tougher consequences. Among these, burn injuries stand out due to their potential to cause lasting disfigurement. In Texas, burn injuries people sustain in car accidents can fall into the category of disfigurement. A disfigurement is any permanent and visible change that alters a person’s appearance. So, if a burn injury from a car accident results in scarring or other permanent physical transformations, it could be classified as such.

Causes and impact of burn injuries

Exposure to heat, toxic chemicals or electricity in a car accident can cause these types of injuries. Burns range from minor ones that heal fast to severe ones needing extensive, ongoing medical attention. Sadly, the latter can lead to permanent disfigurement. The duration and intensity of exposure to the harmful substance primarily determine this severity. While minor burns are often common and people can recover at home, that is not always the case. Severe burns can sometimes be life-threatening. Plus, in such cases, they may require immediate care from medical professionals.

Compensation for disfigurement in Texas

If an accident causes a burn that results in disfigurement, victims can pursue compensation. The state of Texas classifies disfigurement compensation as non-economic damage. This is a term meant to compensate for non-physical losses. These losses extend beyond the physical. It can include mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. However, it’s critical to understand that not all disfigurement is treated equally under the law. The specifics of each case can vary greatly. As such, victims with burn injuries should consider consulting with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can help victims understand how factors such as the severity of the disfigurement and its impact on their lives can greatly affect the compensation they might receive.