Scars & Disfiguring Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
Helping You Understand Your Options After Significant Injuries
Some injuries are significant enough to mark our bodies forever. Significant scarring can lead to a loss of self-esteem and cost thousands of dollars to correct with reparative or cosmetic surgery. Some scars can even limit your ability to work in certain professions.
If you were in a car, motorcycle, truck, or other motor vehicle related accident that left you with a scar or disfigurement that profoundly affects your daily life, you can seek compensation. At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, our firm has won significant settlements for clients in Los Angeles and statewide.
Ready to schedule your free initial consultation? Call our Los Angeles disfiguring injury attorney at (310) 683-2300 today to begin.
What Is Road Rash?
One of the most common types of serious scarring and disfigurement is "road rash." Road rash is technically a type of burn known as a friction burn. This injury occurs when the skin is forcefully scraped over an abrasive surface, such as asphalt. This leads to a combination of heat burns (caused by friction) and open wounds (abrasions) on the skin.
Friction burns are commonly referred to as “road rash” because they are very common in motor vehicle accidents, particularly bicycle and motorcycle accidents in which victims are often ejected from their vehicles. Road rash can range from relatively mild to severe and most commonly occurs on arms, elbows, knees, shins, and ankles.
Like other types of burn injuries, friction burns are categorized according to severity:
- First-Degree Abrasions: First-degree abrasions are considered “mild” injuries and generally only affect the upper layer of skin (epidermis). First-degree abrasions do not bleed and can typically be effectively treated at home.
- Second-Degree Abrasions: Second-degree abrasions are classified as “moderate” injuries. They may involve damage to the upper and lower layers of skin (epidermis and dermis, respectively). Second-degree abrasions may result in mild bleeding.
- Third-Degree Abrasions: Third-degree abrasions are severe injuries. Also known as “avulsion wounds,” third-degree abrasions typically involve significant tearing of the skin and damage to deeper tissues, as well as considerable bleeding.
Moderate to severe road rash requires immediate medical attention, especially when abrasions cover large areas of the body or occur on the hands or face. Without adequate medical intervention, road rash can lead to serious complications, including potentially life-threatening infections. Even with proper treatment, these injuries can cause significant and/or permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Compensation for Motor Vehicle Accident-Related Scarring and Disfigurement
After a serious accident, victims with significant scarring and/or disfigurement are likely to face numerous physical, emotional, and financial challenges. From getting proper medical treatment to taking time off work to heal to dealing with the lasting trauma of the accident, the road to recovery can be long and difficult.
Depending on the specific details of your case, you could be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Emergency care costs, including ambulance and/or hospital fees
- Surgery, including cosmetic surgery, and other treatments
- Pain management, including prescription medications
- Cost of medical devices and/or medical equipment
- Ongoing and future medical care costs
- Lost income, wages, and other employment benefits
- Diminished earning ability and lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering, including physical pain and emotional trauma
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses, such as in-home medical care
In some instances, victims may be entitled to punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. Punitive damages are rare; they are intended to punish the liable party for egregious negligence and/or willful misconduct, including intentional infliction of injury. If you were injured by a drunk driver or someone who was engaged in excessively negligent or wrongful conduct, you could be entitled to seek both compensatory and punitive damages.
At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we believe that you deserve justice. If someone else was to blame for the collision, reach out to our Los Angeles scarring and disfigurement attorney to learn more about your right to fair compensation. Although a settlement or verdict cannot undo the pain and suffering you have endured, fair financial compensation can provide the resources you need to heal and move forward with your life.
When a Disfiguring Injury Affects Your Career
Disfigurement or deformity can cause significant emotional distress — particularly for residents of image-conscious Los Angeles. If your injury has permanently affected your physical appearance, you may be entitled to special compensation for mental anguish. This payment would be in addition to other compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we understand that your good looks may be your livelihood, and we can help you get compensated accordingly.
The Experience to Assist Serious Injury Victims in Los Angeles
When you are severely injured in an accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence or wrongdoing, you have options. At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, our personal injury lawyer has extensive experience handling cases that involve scars and disfiguring injuries. He can help you understand your options, and advise you on the course of action that best suits your needs.
Southern California Super Lawyers has recognized attorney Scott J. Corwin every year since 2007. In 2015 and 2016, he was named a Top 100 Super Lawyer. Every year since 2010, he has been a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Attorneys in California. Bring firepower to your injury case – call Scott J. Corwin.
Responsive & Effective Legal Counsel
Scott J. Corwin can tell you what types of damages would apply in your case, and fight for you to ensure that you get all of the compensation you deserve. Scott will listen carefully to your story, and develop a legal strategy in keeping with your unique situation. As the sole attorney at Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, he will never pass your case on to a less-qualified assistant.
Call Today to Schedule a Case Evaluation
When your emotional health and livelihood are threatened by a scar or disfiguring injury, choose a personal injury lawyer you can trust.
Brain Damage $3,407,752
Boy sustains brain damage from trip and fall in pothole.
Bus Accident $2,782,954
Passenger injured when bus driver falls asleep and rolls bus.
Motorcycle Accident $2,300,000
City employee causes collision with police motorcycle.
Motorcycle Accident $2,100,000
Motorcyclist suffers brain injury in collision.
Motorcycle Accident $1,250,000
Vehicle turns left in front of motorcycle, causing collision.
Car Accident $1,250,000
Driver injured in collision with vehicle that crossed over into his lane.
Car Accident $1,000,000
Rear-end collision exacerbates pre-existing back condition.
Car Accident $1,000,000
Driver injured in nighttime collision with overturned big rig on highway.
Brain Injury $1,000,000
Rider injured on ferris wheel when struck in head by seat rack.
Car Accident Injury $850,000
Eight-year-old boy struck and killed by vehicle while crossing busy thoroughfare.
Fast, Favorable Resolutions
At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we understand the importance of securing a favorable outcome in your case, fast. More than 95 percent of our clients’ cases settle within 5 to 9 months, and our clients are very satisfied with the results (see our client reviews!). We only file lawsuits when absolutely necessary, such as in cases where the defendant disputes liability or refuses to pay for the full extent of our client’s damages.
With more than 30 years in practice and over $125 million recovered for his clients, Scott is known for his aggressive approach to litigation. Some of his accolades include:
- Inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers® list since 2007, a distinction reserved for only the top 5 percent of all personal injury lawyers in the region
- Named a “Top 100 Super Lawyer”
- Named a Top 25 Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association since 2010
- Maintains a 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo
At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we believe in developing strong attorney-client relationships built on honesty, trust, and communication. As a client, you will always receive direct, personal attention from Scott; your case will never be passed off to an associate or paralegal. Instead, you can always rely on dedicated representation from a highly experienced and award-winning attorney who is ready to fight for you.
Zero Upfront Fees
Our firm offers all personal injury and wrongful death legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket fees or expenses. Instead, we only get paid if and when we recover compensation for you. In the unlikely event that we do not win your case, you do not pay a dime. We also offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose in reaching out to our team today. Contact our firm 24/7 and we’ll get back to you within one business day.