Can I get compensation for a scar obtained in an Ontario accident?

Ottawa Lawyer — While many Ontario accident victims understand that an Ottawa lawyer can help them receive compensation for an injury (for example, a broken leg, fractured wrist, or head trauma) being compensated for a scar may seem less obvious.  Scars are evidence of an injury and commonly occur due to burns, animal scratches or bites, and a variety of injuries due to vehicular accidents.  The severity of a scar depends upon the type of injury sustained by an individual.  While they are a way in which the human body tries to heal itself, they can nonetheless cause physical discomfort and distress.

For example, someone who suffers a serious facial burn in a car accident may be able to receive compensation due to the severity of the scar as well as the impact the scar has on them as they resume their day to day life after the accident.  Such a serious scar or physical disfigurement can cause great emotional stress in addition to the physical pain or irritation.  It can also serve as a constant reminder of the event that caused the injury, preventing the individual from truly moving on after the accident.  However, more minor scars can also be compensable, such as a scar on a leg due to a dog bite or a burn on an arm due to a fallen candle, as long as each situation was the result of someone else’s negligence.

It is possible to receive compensation for a variety of scars.  Several factors are taken into consideration in order to determine if an individual can be compensated and the amount they are entitled to.  These factors include: the size of the scar, the location of the scar, the medical treatments available to heal or reduce the appearance of the scar, the treatments already pursued by the individual, and, as mentioned earlier, the impact the scar has on the individual.  Usually, more serious scars and those that have a greater impact on your life result in higher compensation.  In order to determine the particular circumstances of your case, you will need to contact a personal injury lawyer who can assess your situation.  It is possible that the scar you received in an accident is compensable so even if you are not able to eliminate the scar, you may at least be able to receive some reparation for your suffering.

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