Someone who has been injured by negligence may have some kind of physical disfigurement (cuts or surgery leaving scars, burns, severe abrasions, etc.). Texas allows a person who has been disfigured due to negligence to recover for their disfigurement as a separate element of damage. A Dallas personal injury lawyer can review your case and help you determine whether you have a case for disfigurement.

Disfigurement has been defined by courts in Texas as an “impairment of beauty, symmetry or appearance; that which renders unsightly or deforms in some manner.” Hopkins County Hosp. Dist. v Allen, 760 S.W.2d 341 (Tex.App.—Texarkana 1988, no writ).

As far as recovering for disfigurement, it is separate from pain and suffering and mental anguish. Pedernales Elec. Coop. Inc. v. Schultz, 583 S.W.2d 882 (Tex.Civ.App.—Waco 1979, writ ref’d n.r.e.). You can also recover for future disfigurement for surgical scars that will be incurred in the future.

If you are disfigured now, the law in Texas infers that you will be disfigured in the future as well. There is no set formula for awarding money for disfigurement. Each case is independent and must be evaluated on its own merits.

If you have been disfigured due to the negligence of another, contact a Dallas personal injury lawyer to discuss your options regarding your ability to recover from those that caused the disfigurement. Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 to discuss your case.

Personal Injury Areas We Help With Are:

Auto Accident and Injury Cases, Personal Injury Cases, 18 Wheeler & Commercial Vehicle Injury Accident Cases, Motorcycle Accident and Injury Cases, Wrongful Death Cases, Pedestrian Injured by Automobile Cases, Slip and Fall & Premises Cases, Workplace & Constructions Injury Cases, Dog Bite Injury Cases, Bicyclers Hit by Automobile Cases .

Types of Coverage in Automobile Injury Cases:

Automobile Liability Insurance, Uninsured Motorist Insurance, Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Medpay Insurance, Property Damage & Collision Coverages for Your Auto

Damages Often Recoverable in Personal Injury Cases Include the Following:

Past and future medical bills, past and future lost earning capacity, past and future lost income, past and future physical impairment, past and future disfigurement, past and future mental anguish, past and future pain and suffering, property damage, loss of use of your property - such as rental car bills, storage, total loss of property, diminished value of property, loss of body member (arm, leg, . . .), loss of body capacity (hearing, eyesight, . . . ), loss of consortium (spouse, parental, child/filial), loss of services, emotional/mental trauma (bystander injury), prenatal injury, exemplary damages, prejudgment interest, attorney's fees, and court costs.

By Doug Goyen, douggoyen@gmail.com