Yes, you can sue for disfigurement after a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle crashes can cause disfigurement from lacerations, burns, loss of limbs, and other injuries. You can also pursue money damages for your other losses, whether you received disfiguring injuries or not.
Damages You Can Get for a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents often cause economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages include things that you can measure easily in dollars, like medical bills and missed paychecks. Non-economic damages are losses that are harder to quantify in dollars, like disfigurement and how much pain you experienced.
Your financial losses can include:
- Lost income, for the work you missed without pay because of the motorcycle crash and your recuperation time. This category can cover lost wages, salary, self-employment, and other forms of income.
- Medical costs, for things like the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, surgery, doctors, diagnostic testing, imaging studies like x-rays and MRIs, physical therapy, and prescription drugs.
- Diminished earning potential, if you cannot make as much money as before because of your injuries.
- Rehabilitation center, if you suffered catastrophic harm like a traumatic brain injury, that required extended treatment in a specialized care facility.
- Disability, if you can no longer support yourself and your family through gainful employment because of the motorcycle wreck.
- Long-term care, if you sustained devastating injuries like spinal cord damage that leaves you in need of ongoing daily assistance with medical treatment and personal care.
- Equipment, for the costs of things like wheelchairs, home modifications, and an adapted vehicle to accommodate your needs after the motorcycle crash.
After we determine the amount of your financial losses, we can calculate a fair amount for your non-economic damages, which can include:
- Disfigurement, if you sustained permanent scars from the motorcycle accident. The amount of your money damages will depend on factors like the appearance and size of your scars and how visible they are. Highly visible scars are usually on the face, throat, hands, and arms.
- Loss of enjoyment of life, if your injuries cause you to be unable to participate in activities that you enjoyed before the crash.
- Pain and suffering. This category compensates you for the physical discomfort and emotional distress you experienced.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), often follows severe injuries from motor vehicle crashes.
- Loss of consortium is a claim by your spouse for the harm the crash and injuries did to your relationship.
How to Get Legal Help for Disfigurement After a Motorcycle Accident
Whether your injuries from a motorcycle crash were disfiguring or not, it can help to have a personal injury lawyer on your side who can gather the evidence and deal with the insurance company so that you do not have to. At the Montero Law Center, we treat our clients with respect and compassion. We consider it an honor to help people who have suffered harm at the hands of others.
Make sure you act quick when taking legal action after your motorcycle accident. Under Florida law, you have four years to sue for disfigurement after a motorcycle accident.
It will not cost you anything to talk to us about your case, and there is no obligation. Call us today at 954-767-6500 to get your free consultation.