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Do you have an unsightly scar caused by an accident or animal attack?

If you have a scar, laceration or permanent disfigurement from an animal attack in Missouri, you are not alone. Bites from dogs and injuries from other types of animals are not the most common source of scars in the state. However, a recent study of health insurance claims throughout the country revealed that Missouri has a higher number of animal attack injury claims than those of other states.

You are more likely to be scarred in an accident than by an animal attack

While some people are scared of ambushes by exotic animals - lions and tigers, and bears, oh my! - dogs, cats and horses are primarily to blame. Even then, the number of injuries caused by domestic animals is minuscule compared to injuries caused by something most people do every day - drive cars.

There are nearly 5,000 serious injuries and over 700 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in Missouri each year according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol records. Some people may walk away from horrendous accidents unscathed, but many do not. Often, accident and animal attack victims wear the memories of their injuries on their skin.

Long-term effects of scars and disfigurements

The long-term effects of serious injuries can be overwhelming for accident victims. Many understand how a broken leg or a back injury can affect their ability to work and earn a living. The effects of scars, lacerations and disfigurements are less well-known:

  • Facial disfigurement can affect your social and professional prospects.
  • Psychological effects can be long lasting and include depression and lower self-confidence.
  • Physical limitations can range from smiling to mobility issues such as walking or reaching.

Can I obtain compensation for permanent scars?

If you or someone you love suffers a serious injury, permanent disfigurement or disability due to another's mistake or neglect, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Copeland Law Firm to learn about your options during a free consultation.

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