A motorcycle accident can be a life-changing experience. Because motorcyclists don’t have the protection offered by a car’s frame, airbags, or seatbelts, a motorcyclist may be at greater risk of injuries that are severe. Below is an overview of some of the most common types of disfiguring injuries that a motorcyclist can sustain from an accident.
Skull and Facial Disfigurement Injuries
A motorcyclist who suffers a head injury may suffer severe disfigurement, especially if the motorcyclist isn’t wearing a helmet at the time of collision.
In addition to a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury, facial injuries that a motorcyclist may incur include these.
- Broken nose
- Broken jaw
- Eye injuries
- Facial burns and lacerations
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A motorcyclist may suffer an injury to a limb that is severe enough to require a surgical amputation. This is especially true if the motorcyclist suffers a crush injury or if a motor vehicle runs over one of the motorcyclist’s limbs. Sometimes, the accident itself results in immediate traumatic amputation of a limb or extremity.
Permanent Scarring Injuries
Road rash, severe lacerations, burns, and injuries that require surgery can all result in disfiguring scarring injuries. These injuries can be on any part of the motorcyclist’s body, but often occur on the hands, arms, legs, and face.
Compensation for Disfigurement in a Motorcycle Wreck
Following a motorcycle accident in Ohio, a victim has the right to file suit for damages against the driver who caused the accident. Economic damages, which are damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial losses, are recoverable if the victim can prove the defendant’s negligence. If permanent scarring or disfigurement occurred, the victim may also be eligible for noneconomic damages, which include losses for pain and suffering.
According to Ohio Revised Code Section 2315.18, noneconomic losses under Ohio tort law that would be applicable to a disfigured motorcyclist include the following.
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of society, consortium, etc.
- Mental anguish
- Other intangible losses
If you believe you have a case and would like to file a personal injury claim, Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10 requires that you do so within two years following your accident.
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Consult an Accident Attorney at Bressman Law
If you need help reclaiming noneconomic damages after a motorcyclist accident during which you suffered a disfiguring injury, the attorneys at Bressman Law are ready to take on your case. To begin, call us immediately to set up your free case consultation. You can reach us at (614) 538-1116 or by filling out our online contact form.