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How Does Scarring and Disfigurement Impact My Dog Bite Settlement?

Posted on: April 9th, 2024

Dog bite attacks can result in a variety of serious injuries. With proper treatment broken bones and lacerations will typically heal in a short period of time. However, other injuries can have a long-term impact on your life. This is particularly true if you experience scarring and disfigurement. Scars after a dog bite can leave a constant reminder of this traumatic incident and impact your social life, self-esteem and professional performance.

When seeking compensation for your damages in a dog bite lawsuit, scarring and disfigurement will typically be included as part of the noneconomic damages you recover. Noneconomic damages refer to compensation for items that don’t have a concrete monetary value. While you can’t produce a medical bill documenting the cost of this scarring, it will impact your life in many ways and as a result, it should always be factored into the total compensation you receive.

The Psychological Toll of Dog Bite Scars

psychological impact of dog bite scarsDog bite scars can often have a significant psychological impact. Scarring from a dog bite is often irregularly shaped with jagged edges and varying colors, making them more noticeable than other types of scars. In addition, it often takes a year or longer for scars to reach their permanent appearance. During this time, they will serve as a daily reminder of the attack and in situations where the scars remain prominent and visible permanently, they can serve as a reminder for the rest of your life. This can force you to relive this trauma every time you see your scars.

Dog bite scars tend to have the greatest impact on your mental health when they’re located on the face. It’s common for dog bite victims with prominent facial scars to experience depression, anxiety, poor body image and low self-esteem. Children with facial scars after a dog bite are often victims of bullying by their peers. When adults suffer facial scarring from a dog bite, it can often cause them to feel self-conscious about how they appear to romantic partners.

Treatments to Minimize the Appearance of Dog Bite Scars

Prompt treatment after a dog bite attack is critical to minimize the extent of scarring and disfigurement you experience. If a bite wound isn’t treated properly and becomes infected, it may take longer to heal and result in more visible scarring. If your dog bite injuries are located on your face, you may need to have your wounds treated by a plastic surgeon to minimize the appearance of scarring after they fully heal.

In situations where the scarring after a dog bite is severe, you may need to undergo one of the following treatment options to make them less noticeable:

In addition, there are certain steps you can take while your wounds heal to reduce the appearance of scars:

Factors Impacting Compensation for Scarring and Disfigurement in a Dog Bite Case

factors impacting compensation for dog bite scarsThere are several factors which may impact the value of your compensation for scarring and disfigurement in a dog bite case:

Pushchak Law Can Help You Maximize Your Compensation for Scarring and Disfigurement

If you’ve experienced scarring and disfigurement from a dog bite attack, Pushchak Law can ensure your compensation reflects the full impact these scars have on your life. Brian Pushchak has made dog bite cases a primary focus of his practice, and this specialization helps him accurately estimate the value of noneconomic damages such as scarring and disfigurement.

Mr. Pushchak will assess all the evidence associated with your attack and consult with expert witnesses when necessary to assess the value of these damages. In addition, he will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure their settlement offer includes adequate compensation for your scarring and disfigurement.

When you work with Mr. Pushchak, you’ll also benefit from his unique Informed Decisions™ Approach focused on helping you achieve the best possible outcome to your case. This approach has been designed to ensure you fully understand all your legal rights and options, and it keeps you in control of the entire process. After recommending the best strategy to achieve your desired outcome, Mr. Pushchak will answer all your questions to ensure you feel comfortable with the established plan. You’ll always have the final say on how we handle your case, ensuring Mr. Pushchak’s strategy always remains aligned with your best interests.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Pushchak Law serves clients in Denver and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

Brian Pushchak | Personal Injury Law Firm Denver, CO
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