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Sometimes, accident victims need simple answers to common questions. Here, the lawyers at the NBA Law Firm share their thoughts on many relevant accident topics to help you understand and protect your rights in Louisiana. These informative answers can help you learn more about what to expect and how best to move forward after an accident. Don’t see your question here? Fill out our online contact form to hear back from a member of our team who can address your unique needs.

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  • What happens when I suffer a broken pelvis in a car accident?

    Pelvic fractures most often occur as the result of high-speed auto accidents and require a lengthy recovery time. Ease the financial burden associated with this injury by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Suffering a broken pelvis after a car accident Neblett, Beard and Arsenault.

    What You Need to Know About Pelvic Fractures

    After an auto accident, a victim with a pelvic fracture will likely experience tenderness in the area and difficulty walking or moving the lower parts of the body. Abdominal pain, bleeding from the rectum or genital area, and difficulty urinating are also possibilities. The injury can be diagnosed with an X-ray and CT scan.


    Rest and pain medication can be used to treat minor fractures, but more serious breaks will require surgery. The surgeon will reposition the bones and use screws, plates, or pins to keep everything in place while the area heals. Someone with a severe fracture or multiple breaks also needs to be monitored for shock and internal bleeding.

    A pelvic fracture can potentially involve injuries to organs within the pelvic ring, including the kidneys, bladder, and intestines. Additional surgeries may be required to repair any damage.

    A broken pelvis is not synonymous with a broken hip, but someone with a broken pelvis may also have a hip fracture.

    Filing a Personal Injury Claim

    Louisiana's statute of limitations law typically gives injured persons one year from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim against the liable party. If you were determined partially responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you can still file a claim. However, your settlement will be proportionately reduced to reflect your own liability for your injuries.

    A personal injury claim can include compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You are also entitled to reimbursement for property damage related to the accident, including the cost of a necessary rental vehicle.

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  • What happens when you call our firm after a car accident?

    Although your first priority should always be attending to your medical needs, it's in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible after suffering injuries in an auto accident caused by another driver's negligence. In most cases, the statute of limitations for Louisiana personal injury claims is one year from the date of the incident. However, since valuable evidence can become more difficult to locate as time passes, you'll have the strongest case if you contact an attorney for legal representation immediately. A consultation with the NBA firm

    Calling Neblett, Beard & Arsenault After an Accident

    When you call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, your call will be answered by an intake specialist who is responsible for collecting your contact information and noting how you were referred to the firm. If an attorney is currently available, you'll be immediately transferred. If not, an attorney will contact you as soon as possible.

    The attorney you speak with will ask general questions about your accident type and provide information about what might be involved in pursuing a claim. If Neblett, Beard & Arsenault does not handle your type of case, you'll be referred to someone who may be able to provide assistance. If the attorney does not believe you have a valid claim, you’ll be told why your case is unlikely to result in a settlement offer.

    If the attorney you speak with believes your case might be a good fit for Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, he or she will explain our contingency fee arrangement. This type of payment plan involves accepting a percentage of the final settlement as a fee for service and allows personal injury plaintiffs to obtain access to quality legal representation with no upfront expense.  

    No Cost or Obligation

    There is no cost or obligation when you call Neblett, Beard & Arsenault to speak with an attorney. This service simply allows you the opportunity to gather more information about your legal rights following an accident, so you can decide how you wish to proceed.

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  • How should I calculate lost wages in a car accident claim?

    In a car accident claim, lost wages are often an important part of the settlement. Wages can be calculated in several different ways, depending on your employment type. 

    Employees Paid by the Hour

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    Take your hourly wage and multiply it by the number of hours missed due to your accident-related injuries. For example, if your hourly wage is $25, and you missed work for 4 days (8 hours per day), your calculation would be: $25 x (8 hours x 4 days) = $800.

    Hourly Employees With Variable Hours

    If you don't always work the same amount of hours each week, you can calculate lost wages using an average of the amount of hours worked from the last two to three months.

    If overtime is included in your variable hours, you will need documentation from your employer stating that overtime is a regular part of your work schedule. Otherwise, the assumption is that overtime pay is not guaranteed.

    Salaried Employees

    If you are a salaried employee, calculate lost wages by taking your yearly salary and dividing it by 2,080 (number of work hours in a year). Then, multiply this number by the hours missed due to your accident-related injuries. For example, if your yearly salary is $50,000, and you missed 10 days of work, your calculation would be: ($50,000 / 2,080) x (8 hours x 10 days) = $1,923.08.

    Independent Contractors or Self-Employed Business Owners

    If you're an independent contractor or self-employed business owner, you can claim lost income instead of lost wages, as part of your damages. This refers to the earnings and profits you would have made if you weren't injured in the accident. Some of the proof you can use for this type of claim includes tax returns, 1099 forms, business correspondence, invoices, or receipts that show specific amounts of lost income.

    Loss of Future Earning Potential

    If you have been left with a permanent disability, you may be unable to return to work, work part time, or work in a lower paying occupation. In this case, your attorney can line up expert witnesses to calculate your loss of future earning potential.

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  • How can I use traffic camera footage to support my personal injury claim?

    Proving liability is a vital part in establishing your personal injury claim for injuries related to an auto accident. In cases where it's not immediately obvious who is at fault, video footage can become valuable evidence. Using traffic camera footage

    Using Traffic Camera Footage to Help Your Case

    The law enforcement officer who fills out your initial accident report is not required to provide you with a listing of nearby traffic cameras, so learning about sources of footage will require a bit of personal detective work.

    The availability of traffic camera footage for your personal injury claim depends on where you were when the accident occurred. If you were on a highway or heavily trafficked thoroughfare, you have a much better chance of finding footage from a nearby camera. You can travel back to the scene of the accident to look for signs of cameras that may have captured the event, but do not confuse traffic cameras with road safety cameras. These devices are intended to enforce specific rules of the road such as obeying speed limits, stopping at a red light, and paying road tolls. They only take still photos when a violation occurs and do not record continuous video footage.

    Another factor to consider when determining if traffic camera footage will be helpful evidence in your personal injury claim is how long it has been since the accident occurred. When it comes to accessing footage, time is of the essence. In many cases, footage is only kept for 30 days or less due to storage limitations.

    Alternatives to Traffic Camera Video

    Traffic camera footage is certainly helpful, but it's not the only source of footage that may be available. Other options to consider include:

    Business Surveillance Video 

    If your accident occurred near a restaurant, gas station, or retail store, the business's surveillance video may have captured the event.

    Home Surveillance Video

    Homeowners who are concerned about theft often incorporate video surveillance into their security systems. These cameras may have captured your accident in a residential neighborhood.

    Bus Camera Footage 

    In some cases, school buses and public transit buses are equipped with cameras as a safety precaution. If you were traveling near the bus when the accident occurred, it could have been caught on tape.

    Private Dash Cam ​Footage

    Dash cams are most often associated with police cars, but a surprising number of private citizens have these cameras in their vehicles. If there are witnesses to your accident, it's worth asking if they have dash cams installed in their cars.

    Obtaining Footage

    Although you may get lucky and be able to obtain footage of your accident with a polite request, you will most likely need an attorney's assistance to access the footage. Government-owned traffic camera footage is generally not available without a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and/or subpoena. Businesses also tend to have strict regulations that limit who they will provide their security footage to.

    Obtaining Footage as a Partially at-Fault Driver

    Louisiana law allows you to receive personal injury compensation for accident-related injuries if you are a partially at-fault driver, but your settlement is proportionally reduced by your assigned percentage of fault. However, since there is no set formula used to determine percentage of fault, it may still be worth the effort of obtaining footage if you believe you are partially at fault for the accident. Your memories of the event may be incorrect, or your attorney may be able to use the footage to increase your compensation by negotiating a lower percentage of fault.

    How Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Can Help

    If there is no relevant video footage of your accident, don’t assume you don’t have a viable personal injury claim. Many different types of evidence can be used to establish liability, including witness testimony, vehicle damage reports, law enforcement accident reports, and testimony from accident reconstruction experts.

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  • Why does my lawyer need my personal information?

    During an initial consultation, a lawyer will ask about the basic details related to your case. This includes when the accident happened, what injuries you suffered, and how your injuries are affecting your daily life.

    Later in the process, he will likely ask for some information that is of a more personal nature. These questions might seem intrusive or irrelevant, but they are a necessary part of building a strong personal injury claim. Providing attorneys with personal information

    Personal Information Your Lawyer Needs to Know

    Your lawyer will ask about a number of issues that might seem embarrassing, but it's vital that you tell the truth. He may ask:

    • About your medical history. Your previous medical history is relevant because your lawyer must be able to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident and not the result of some other factor.
    • About any criminal record. A past criminal history may be used to argue that you are untrustworthy and, thus, either lying or exaggerating about your injuries.
    • About any drug or alcohol abuse. Substance abuse issues are part of your medical history and can also be used to attack your character.
    • About any financial problems. It's understandable to have some financial issues if an injury has affected your ability to work, but being deeply in debt before the accident might cause the insurer to argue you're being dishonest in hopes of a hefty settlement.
    • Divorce. A recent divorce or impending marital separation is significant because an angry spouse may provide testimony that casts you in an unfavorable light.

    It's becoming quite common for insurers to use private investigators or check social media for information that can be used to help them avoid paying a claim. As much as you may want to protect your privacy, sensitive personal information will come out eventually. Being honest upfront gives your lawyer the best chance for damage control.

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  • Can a personal injury claim include compensation for disfigurement?

    Disfigurement from a car accident is a life-changing reminder of the trauma you've suffered. If your injuries are the result of another person's negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Compensation for disfigurement

    How Disfigurement Can Occur

    There are a number of ways individuals can develop disfiguring injuries from a car accident. These include:

    • Deep lacerations
    • Burns
    • Amputation of a limb
    • Surgical procedures needed to treat other accident injuries such as organ damage

    Disfigurement can occur on any part of the body. However, facial disfigurement is considered the most serious because this type of injury can't easily be concealed.

    Medical Expenses Associated With Disfigurement

    Some of the medical expenses you might have after suffering disfiguring injuries in a car accident include:

    • Emergency room care
    • Diagnostic tests
    • Follow-up visits
    • Cosmetic surgery
    • Physical therapy for burn scars that have affected movement
    • Prosthetics for amputated limbs
    • Medications prescribed by your doctor such as creams or ointments to reduce the itching and swelling as scars heal
    • Mental health counseling

    Keeping copies of all invoices and bills related to your treatment can make sure you're properly compensated for these expenses.

    Disfigurement and Employment

    Someone who has suffered disfiguring injuries in a car accident can expect a lengthy recovery process. This will likely involve taking time off work for doctor's appointments, surgery, and healing. All time missed from work due to your accident-related injuries can be included in your settlement.

    Disfigurement isn't something you'd normally expect to factor into your future earning potential, but it may be a factor if you're employed in a position that relies on maintaining a specific appearance. For example, models, actresses, news anchors, and entertainers must often meet specific physical requirements to succeed in their professions. However, even less prestigious positions that involve a great deal of public contact could be affected by disfigurement.

    If you believe your injuries will affect your ability to earn a living in the future, your attorney can find an expert witness to estimate the appropriate compensation. Vocational experts can testify as to what types of positions would be available given your skills, education, and the local labor market, while economic loss experts can testify as to the value of lost wages and employer-provided benefits over time.

    Pain and Suffering

    Pain and suffering in a personal injury claim refers to both physical pain and emotional trauma. In a case involving disfiguring injuries, it's common for victims to experience depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health symptoms as the result of how their appearance has permanently changed. Teenagers and young adults may be especially vulnerable to mental health complications related to disfigurement, since this is the time when self-esteem and a sense of self are being formed.

    If you are seeing a therapist as the result of the accident, she can provide insight into the pain and suffering you have experienced. You should also keep a journal documenting your feelings and how your injuries have affected your everyday life. These observations often prove valuable as a negotiating tool.

    Taking photos of your injuries as they heal over time can also be useful as supporting evidence for your case. Since it can take many months to reach a settlement in a personal injury claim, it can be difficult for the court to imagine what your injuries looked like immediately after the accident.

    How Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Can Help

    Most personal injury claims are settled out of court, but it's still in your best interest to retain an attorney. The at-fault driver's insurance company will have a team of attorneys working to protect its financial interests and will be reluctant to provide the compensation you deserve.

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  • Are there any exceptions to the usual statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Louisiana?

    Although statute of limitations laws often provide firm deadlines for taking legal action, there are a few exceptions that will allow you extra time to pursue your Louisiana personal injury claim.  Exceptions to statute of limitations

    About Statute of Limitations Laws

    Statute of limitations laws affect how long you have to file a personal injury claim. Each state has slightly different laws, but all are designed to ensure that cases are filed and resolved in a timely fashion. Since evidence becomes more difficult to locate as time passes, statute of limitations laws protect people from the threat of legal action when they're no longer able to defend themselves.

    Louisiana's statute of limitations for personal injury claims related to car accidents, dog bites, slip and fall claims, and other accidents caused by another party's negligence is one year. The deadline for a wrongful death claim, which is a type of personal injury case where someone dies due to the negligence of another party, is also one year.

    If you miss this deadline and try to take your case to court, the defendant can request that the claim be dismissed. Unless your case falls into one of the categories containing a special exception, the court will likely grant the request.

    Exceptions for Cases Involving Children

    When a child is injured in an accident, the statute of limitations doesn't begin until the child turns 18. This means, the claim can be filed until one year after the child's eighteenth birthday, regardless of how old he was at the time of the accident.

    Exceptions for Cases Involving Multiple At-Fault Parties

    Some types of personal injury claims such as multi-car pile ups involve more than one party who is at fault. If a claim involves multiple defendants, you must sue one party within the one-year statute of limitations. However, you can successfully sue a second party outside of the year deadline if it is determined that both defendants are liable together.

    Exceptions for the Discovery Rule

    If an accident is caused by a defective product, such as a poorly constructed vehicle component, the statute of limitations clock doesn't begin until it's determined that the information regarding the true cause of the injury should be reasonably discoverable.

    The discovery rule can also apply in cases where someone simply does not know an injury-causing event has occurred. For example, someone who suffers respiratory distress or organ damage due to exposure to a hazardous chemical might not immediately know that he’s been exposed to something dangerous. In this case, the one-year statute of limitations doesn't begin until the cause of the person's injuries has been established.

    Wrongful death cases where there are no witnesses and a conclusive cause of death can't be established might also fall under the discovery rule. However, you must consult an attorney to be certain of the deadline for filing your claim.

    How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

    A personal injury case can include the following types of compensation:

    • Medical expenses, including immediate medical care as well as anticipated future medical care if you've been left with a lasting disability
    • Lost wages, including immediate time off work as well as the anticipated loss of future earning potential due to an accident-related disability
    • Pain and suffering, including both physical discomfort and emotional trauma
    • Funeral and burial costs for a wrongful death claim
    • Loss of care and companionship of the deceased in a wrongful death claim

    Your attorney can help you assess how much your case is worth, locate the necessary evidence to prove negligence, document your damages, and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Since personal injury attorneys accept cases on a contingency fee basis, there is no upfront cost for representation. Your attorney will accept a percentage of the final settlement you receive as the fee for legal services.

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  • Can I file a personal injury claim if I've been injured in a street racing accident?

    Due to the high speeds involved, street racing accidents can cause devastating injuries to drivers, as well as to innocent bystanders. If you were harmed as the result of a street racing accident, you can seek personal injury compensation in addition to the criminal penalties the drivers will face for their actions.  Street racing accidents

    Criminal Penalties for Street Racing

    Street racing is defined in Louisiana RS 32:65 as "the operation of two or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other, or the operation of one or more vehicles over a common selected course, from the same point to the same point, for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power of acceleration of such vehicle or vehicles within a certain distance or time limit."

    Racing is a crime regardless of whether or not there are any injuries associated with the race. However, the penalty for racing is enhanced if someone is harmed. Serious bodily injury or death related to a race results in the following possible penalties:

    • Fine of not less than $500 or more than $2,000
    • Imprisonment for not less than one year or more than five years
    • Both a fine and imprisonment

    Serious bodily injury is defined as injuries involving unconsciousness; disfigurement; loss or impairment of the function of a limb, an organ, or mental faculty; or the substantial risk of death.

    Manslaughter or murder charges are added to the standard penalty for street racing if the accident results in a fatality.

    Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims Related to Street Racing

    If you are harmed as a bystander in a street race, you can file a personal injury claim against the drivers involved in the accident. A personal injury claim is a type of civil action seeking financial compensation for damages relating to the incident. This includes:

    • Medical expenses such as emergency room care, diagnostic tests, surgery, pain medication, and follow-up visits
    • Anticipated future medical needs due to a permanent disability caused by the accident
    • Lost wages from the time you were unable to work because of your injuries
    • Anticipated loss of future earning potential due to a permanent disability caused by the accident
    • Pain and suffering

    If your loved one has died due to street racing injuries, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. This is a type of personal injury claim alleging that a death was caused by another person's negligence. Compensation can include:

    • Medical expenses up to the time of death
    • Funeral and burial costs
    • Loss of future earnings
    • Pain and suffering, if the deceased did not die immediately from his injuries
    • Your loss of the deceased person's care and companionship

    Punitive damages are not generally awarded in personal injury or wrongful death claims. However, they may be considered appropriate in a street racing case depending on the driver's past record and the specific circumstances surrounding the accident. Punitive damages are not intended to compensate for specific losses you have suffered. Their sole purpose is to punish the defendant in an attempt to discourage future bad behavior.

    Differences Between Criminal and Civil Cases

    Your civil claim is a separate legal action from the criminal penalties associated with the race. However, evidence from the criminal case can be used to support your claim for negligence.

    Another important difference between civil and criminal cases is that criminal charges must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Civil claims must only be proven by a preponderance of evidence. This means, it is more likely than not that the defendant is guilty. Due to the differences in standard of proof, it's possible for someone to be found not guilty of criminal charges but liable in a civil claim.

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  • How can I seek compensation for nerve damage from a car accident?

    If you've suffered nerve damage in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, Louisiana law gives you one year from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim. Your settlement can include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

    nervesCompensation for Medical Expenses

    Nerve damage from a car accident can be caused by whiplash, lacerations, or blunt force trauma. As a result, you may incur significant medical expenses.

    For example:

    • Diagnostic tests to identify the location and extent of the nerve damage
    • Surgery and follow up care
    • Pain medication
    • Physical therapy to improve strength and mobility in the affected area

    Medical expenses can be documented by keeping copies of all bills and invoices received from the hospital, as well as statements showing what benefits your insurance carrier paid on your behalf. When you settle your claim, the company will be entitled to reimbursement for any medical expenses that were determined to be the responsibility of the at-fault driver.

    Compensation for Lost Wages and Loss of Future Earning Potential

    Car accident victims are often forced to miss work for an extended period of time while they're recuperating from their injuries. They may also require time off to attend physical therapy or other medical appointments related to their injuries. All of the lost wages related to the car accident injury can be included in your personal injury settlement.

    Depending upon the extent of your nerve damage and what occupation you held before the accident, this condition may affect your future earning potential. You might be unable to work at all, only capable of working part time, or working in a lower-paying profession.

    Some of the ways in which nerve damage can affect your ability to earn a living include:

    • Difficulty sitting or standing for extended periods of time
    • Trouble walking long distances
    • Impaired ability to bend or lift
    • Touch sensitivity that makes it hard to complete tasks involving physical contact
    • Trouble with fine motor skills

    If you're unable to return to the job you held before your accident, you're entitled to claim a loss of future earning potential as part of your personal injury settlement. Testimony from a vocational expert can be used to establish how your nerve damage is likely to affect your earning potential, given your education, past work history, and the local job market.

    Pain and Suffering Compensation

    Nerve damage can cause pain in the affected area, greater sensitivity to cold or heat, and bothersome twitching or uncontrolled muscle movements.

    Pain and suffering compensation reimburses you for these physical side effects, as well as the emotional challenges you may experience as the result of your nerve damage. Personal injury law recognizes that car accident injuries are often accompanied by anxiety, depression, and PTSD, especially when a victim has been left with a disabling injury that affects his or her ability to earn a living and enjoy hobbies or special interests.

    Pain and suffering compensation is typically calculated by multiplying your economic damages by a number between one and five that represents the severity of your overall injuries. Keeping a journal that details how your nerve damage affects your daily life can provide valuable evidence for this portion of your claim.

    How Fault Affects Your Settlement

    If you were partially responsible for the accident that caused your nerve damage, you can still seek compensation in a personal injury claim. However, your settlement will be reduced by your assigned percentage of fault to reflect your financial responsibility for your injuries.

    How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

    Even though most personal injury claims are eventually settled out of court, it would be a mistake to try to negotiate a settlement without representation. Insurance companies exist to make a profit, which may mean offering you a settlement less than you need to handle your accident-related expenses.

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  • How can I seek compensation for scarring after a car accident?

    Scars are permanent reminder of trauma associated with being involved in a car accident. If you've suffered scarring in an accident caused by another driver's negligence, Louisiana law allows you to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for accident-related expenses.

    scarsAbout Car Accident Scars

    Scars from a car accident can be caused by:

    • Shattered glass
    • Debris from the vehicle or crash site
    • Severely broken bones
    • Burns
    • Surgical procedures needed to treat injuries, such as organ damage

    Scarring can occur on any part of the body, although facial scars are often considered the most troublesome due to the effect they have on someone's appearance and self-esteem.

    Scars after car accident can be grouped into three different categories:

    • Keloid scars. These are thick, large, and possibly affect your mobility. They occur when the body continues to produce collagen after the wound has healed.
    • Hypertrophic scars. These look similar to keloid scars, but don't go beyond the original site of injury.
    • Contracture scars. These are most often associated with burn injuries after a car accident. With contracture scars, the scar goes deeper than the original injury and can thus affect the muscles and nerves below the surface. This makes the skin become tight and hard to move.

    Scars do fade somewhat over time, but there are several options doctors can use to help improve the appearance of a car accident scar. Popular methods include surgical removal and steroid injections. Creams, ointments, and gels can be used to reduce itching and swelling.

    If the scar remains after medical treatment, there are special cosmetics that can be used to conceal or minimize the appearance of the scar. Some people also choose to get tattoos that are designed to cover the scar while providing body art that boosts self-esteem.

    Personal Injury Compensation for Scars

    If your car accident was the result of another driver's negligence, you're entitled to compensation for accident-related expenses. If you were partially at fault for the accident, you can still file a personal injury claim. However, your settlement will be proportionally reduced by your assigned percentage of fault.

    Your settlement can include compensation for:

    • Medical expenses related to treating the injury that caused the scar as well as promoting the healing of the scar
    • Any future medical care that your doctor recommends to promote healing of the scar
    • Counseling or therapy to deal with the emotional effects of your disfigurement
    • Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or other mental health medication prescribed by your counselor or therapist
    • Lost wages if you had to take time off work due to your injuries
    • Loss of future earning potential if your scar causes limited mobility to the extent that you're no longer able to complete the work you performed previous to the accident
    • Pain and suffering

    Evidence to Support Your Personal Injury Claim

    Many different types of evidence can be used to support your claim for personal injury compensation:

    • Copies of medical bills relating to the treatment of your scar
    • Documentation of lost wages from your employer
    • Photos documenting the change in your scar's appearance over time
    • A journal detailing how scarring and other injuries affected your life
    • Testimony from your physician about your treatment needs and anticipated future medical care
    • Testimony from your counselor or therapist about the mental health effects you've experienced due to your disfigurement

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