I try to help them by getting an evaluation from a plastic surgeon.
This is one of the most sensitive areas of damages. A torn face can change a life as surely as a back or leg injury. At the same time, juries will react strongly against what they see as overreaching.
But getting you the most sometimes requires a delicate touch.
If the scar is visible at all, it is always a good idea to visit a plastic surgeon. The doctor can look at the scar, tell whether it is permanent, whether it can be improved or removed, and how much remedial work will cost.
A good lawyer gets the doctor to write a letter estimating the cost of revising the scar, and furnishes a copy to the insurance company.
Often, the insurance company will discount a plastic surgeon’s opinion, unless (1) the surgery has already occurred or (2) it is obvious that the surgery will occur. But they cannot rule out the possibility that the jury might be influenced by the fact that the scar won’t go completely away and that it will be costly and painful to try to improve the scar.
I have requested plastic surgeon’s opinions a number of times on leg and facial scars. The other attorney always says “Your client will never get the surgery.” But I am sure that the insurance company looks at the opinion very carefully when deciding what they will pay.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. One importance of getting a doctor’s opinion is that it makes the insurance company – and the jury, – assign a cash value to the cost of restoring you to the way you were before the accident. If you’ve been hurt by a truck or bitten by a dog, call me at 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed. All discussions are limited to Ohio law unless otherwise indicated. And past performance cannot be used to predict future results.