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Scarring and disfigurement

Seattle Scarring and Disfigurement Attorneys

When an accident leaves you with permanent scarring, our Seattle-area lawyers can help

At Smith McBroom, we understand that scarring and disfigurement resulting from personal injuries extend far beyond the physical realm — they deeply impact an individual's self-esteem, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life. Our dedicated team of Seattle scarring and disfigurement attorneys is here to provide empathetic and comprehensive legal representation for those who have suffered scarring and disfigurement due to accidents, negligence, or intentional harm.

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What are scarring and disfigurement injuries?

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Catastrophic injuries often result in permanent injuries, including scarring and disfigurement. At a minimum, scars and disfigurement in a visible location are embarrassing. Even a small scar or other residual injury can cause suffering. For some accident victims, disfigurement affects their ability over the course of their lives to get a job and enjoy their lives.

What are common causes of scarring and disfigurement injuries in Seattle?

Scarring and disfigurement injuries can result from a wide range of catastrophic injuries and incidents, some more common than others. Here are some of the most frequent causes:


  • Motor vehicle accidents: Car accidentstruck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other collisions can cause severe lacerations, crush injuries, and burns, all of which can lead to scarring and disfigurement.
  • Falls: Falls from heights or onto hard surfaces can result in deep cuts, fractures, and abrasions that can leave permanent scars.
  • Burns: Thermal burns, chemical burns, and electrical burns can cause extensive tissue damage and scarring, particularly if they are deep or cover large areas.

Medical procedures

  • Surgery: Any surgical procedure, even minor ones, can leave scars, though the size and visibility will depend on the type of surgery and the skill of the surgeon.
  • Cancer treatment: Radiation therapy and some cancer-fighting medications can cause skin changes and scarring, particularly in the treated area.
  • Skin conditions: Acne, eczema, and other skin conditions can leave behind scars, especially if they are severe or untreated.


  • Assaults: Knife or gunshot wounds, blunt force trauma, and other injuries inflicted during violence can leave significant scars and disfigurement.
  • Animal attacks: Attacks from dogs, cats, or other animals can cause deep lacerations and tissue damage, leading to scarring.

Other causes

  • Chemical exposure: Contact with certain chemicals can damage the skin and leave behind scars.
  • Electrical shocks: Severe electrical shocks can cause burns and tissue damage that can lead to scarring.
  • Sun damage: Repeated exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause premature aging and scarring.

It's important to remember that this is not an exhaustive list and that any significant injury or trauma can potentially result in scarring or disfigurement. The severity and visibility of scars will depend on various factors like the nature of the injury, the depth of the wound, and the individual’s overall health.

What are the complications of scarring and disfigurement injuries?

Scarring and disfigurement injuries can cause many complications that extend beyond the visible physical changes. One significant aspect is the profound impact on an individual's emotional and psychological well-being. Visible scars or disfigurement can lead to feelings of self-consciousness, embarrassment, and lowered self-esteem. Coping with the emotional aftermath of such injuries may require psychological support and counseling to help individuals navigate the challenges of altered body image and social interactions.

Social dynamics and relationships may also be affected. Scarring and disfigurement can lead to societal stigmatization, discrimination, and social isolation. Individuals may face challenges in professional settings, where appearance can unfortunately influence opportunities and perceptions.

There are also practical concerns associated with scarring and disfigurement injuries. These may include the need for extensive medical treatments, reconstructive surgeries, and ongoing therapies to address both the physical and emotional aspects of the injuries. The financial burden of medical expenses and potential loss of income due to altered employment prospects can be challenging.

Further, the visible nature of scarring and disfigurement can impact an individual's ability to engage in day-to-day activities and may result in physical discomfort or limitations. Specialized medical care, adaptive equipment, and rehabilitation services may be necessary to address these challenges.

Our Seattle scarring and disfigurement lawyers play an important role in advocating for you, holding the responsible parties accountable, and securing the compensation you need to support your physical and emotional recovery.

What compensation can I expect from my Seattle scarring and disfigurement claim?

The compensation to which you may be entitled for a scarring and disfigurement claim can vary based on several factors. Compensation typically aims to address the specific damages and losses you have incurred due to the injuries. While the exact amount depends on the circumstances of your case, here are common elements considered in compensation for scarring and disfigurement claims.Bottom of Form

  • Medical expenses. Compensation may cover current and anticipated medical expenses related to the treatment of scarring and disfigurement. This includes costs associated with surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care.
  • Reconstructive surgeries. If reconstructive surgeries are necessary to address the disfigurement, the cost of these procedures may be included in the compensation.
  • Lost wages. If the scarring and disfigurement impact your ability to work, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, including future income if the injuries result in a diminished earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering. Compensation may be awarded for the physical pain and emotional suffering caused by the scarring and disfigurement. This considers the psychological impact of altered appearance and the challenges associated with societal perceptions.
  • Emotional distress. Emotional distress compensation may also be applicable. It addresses the psychological toll of living with visible scars or disfigurement, including anxiety, depression, and other emotional challenges.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life. If the injuries significantly impact your ability to enjoy life's activities or affect personal relationships, compensation may be awarded for the loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Disfigurement and impairment: Compensation may be determined based on the severity and permanence of the disfigurement or impairment. More severe and permanent injuries often result in higher compensation.
  • Scarring location and visibility. The location and visibility of the scarring can also influence the compensation amount. Scarring in visible areas, such as the face or hands, may result in higher compensation.
  • Quality of life modifications. If modifications to your lifestyle or living space are necessary due to the disfigurement, compensation may be provided to cover these adjustments.

It's essential to consult with the experienced scarring and disfigurement attorneys at Smith McBroom to assess the specific details of your case, as we can provide tailored guidance and help you understand the potential compensation you may be entitled to. We will work to ensure that your claim reflects the full extent of your damages and losses, advocating for a fair and just settlement.

Do you have a Seattle scarring and disfigurement attorney near me?

Smith McBroom is located at 16400 Southcenter Parkway, Suite #210, Seattle, Washington, 98188. We’re right off I-5 and I-405, near Southcenter Mall. There is a bus stop near our office, and we offer free on-site parking.

Compassionate and dedicated scarring and disfigurement lawyers serving Seattle and beyond

Take the first step toward justice and healing with Smith McBroom. Our Seattle scarring and disfigurement attorneys are committed to securing the best possible outcome for your scarring and disfigurement case, empowering you to move forward with confidence. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, call our Tukwila-based offices or fill out our contact form today.