Injuries suffered in accidents on the job are always difficult, but when the injury leads to disfigurement, which means a serious and permanent alteration to one’s appearance, the matter becomes infinitely more complicated. Your appearance directly affects your sense of self, and this is a truth that it is important not to lose sight of. When your very appearance is altered by an accident in the workplace, it can make finding your way forward that much more arduous. If you’ve suffered a disfiguring injury on the job, don’t wait to consult with an experienced Joliet workers’ compensation attorney



Scarring and Disfigurement

Disfigurement is often caused by serious scarring that is common to burns, chemical burns, deep cuts, tears, and abrasions. In the State of Illinois, workers whose permanent disfiguring injuries are on or near their faces – or are on their hands, necks, legs (below the knee), or chests – are entitled to seek specific compensation for this loss. Compensation for disfigurement is often paid in a lump sum and is intended to also address any serious emotional component the injury causes, which can naturally be considerable. In order to collect on the damages you’ve suffered, however, the injury must be deemed permanent, which – in this context – means that the damage will be calculated at the six-month mark (at which point you will be better prepared to accurately assess the ongoing impact of living with the disfigurement you’ve suffered). 

Factors Considered

When determining the severity of your disfigurement, workers’ compensation coverage takes wide-ranging factors into consideration, including:

  • The location and severity of your scarring
  • Whether your ability to perform your job is affected
  • The emotional component of your disfigurement (when its severity and positioning has the potential to cause embarrassment and/or insecurities)

Scarring that is on or near the face is generally considered the most serious and is more closely associated with higher workers’ compensation settlements. Scars that are raised can also be considered more damaging. Further, it’s important to note that serious scarring can require considerable ongoing medical treatment and can lead to lifelong health concerns, which should be accurately reflected in your claim. 

Your Damages

An important fact about disfigurement is that it rarely happens in a vacuum, which means that you may suffer other serious injuries as a result of the accident that leaves you disfigured. In other words, cases involving disfigurement are often exceptionally complicated, and working closely with a formidable workers’ compensation attorney from the outset is always well advised.

You Need an Experienced Joliet Workers’ Compensation Attorney on Your Side

If you’ve been disfigured as a result of an accident on the job, Danielle Pinkston at Pinkston Law Group, P.C. is a compassionate Joliet workers’ compensation attorney who is well equipped to help guide your claim toward an optimal outcome that allows you to move forward with increased confidence and the financial compensation to which you are entitled. To learn more about how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.  



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