Man with Permanent Disfigurement Wins His Case: Kelly’s Story
Injuries almost always follow a serious car accident. These crashes can result in long-lasting and life-altering injuries, and they don’t have to be physically debilitating to be costly.
Kelly experienced a car accident injury that was not only painful, but also permanently changed his appearance. Because the accident was no fault of his own, we knew Kelly deserved fair compensation for what he endured.
This is Kelly’s story, and also the story of how The Brown Firm helped him get what he deserved after a negligent driver changed his life.
I met with Harry Brown personally and he sat with me for 20 minutes at our initial consultation to explain everything. He even called after my surgery to see how I was doing. I met with him several more times after that and was kept informed about my case throughout. I highly recommend Harry Brown as an attorney.
A Sudden Collision Sets Off Airbags and Causes Serious Injuries
On a December afternoon, Kelly was driving his pickup along with the pace of traffic when a car suddenly pulled out from a side road to his right. Kelly barely had time to see the car, let alone stop before hitting it.
The collision sent both vehicles off in opposite directions, with Kelly landing in the roadside ditch. All of his airbags deployed, and the impact was so severe that he couldn’t give the police a statement at the scene.
At the hospital, Kelly reported significant pain in his chest and sternum, and the doctors discovered that his breastbone was, in fact, fractured. Unfortunately, the best plan for this kind of break is rest and pain management, which meant Kelly would be laid up, possibly for weeks.
Over the next few months, Kelly experienced a great deal of pain simply by being alive. So many things hurt his chest, from a raised heart rate after going up the stairs to deep breaths to rolling over in bed. He couldn’t lift things above his waist or move his arms from side to side without extreme pain. In addition to the chest pain, Kelly had neck and back pain from whiplash.
While all of this was difficult, and warranted compensation from the at-fault driver, the pain itself wasn’t what made Kelly’s case unique.
Kelly Suffers From Daily Pain and Visible Scar Tissue
Pain is often thought of as an “invisible” injury, something that greatly impacts a person’s life but isn’t always outwardly apparent to anyone else. For Kelly, the pain manifested in a visibly obvious way.
About 10 days after the car accident itself, Kelly developed a nodule of scar tissue on his chest, right over his sternum. The nodule was more than two inches wide and incredibly tender to the touch. While the nodule wasn’t debilitating, it did change the appearance of Kelly’s body, and by no choice or fault of his own.
Because of the breastbone fracture, treatment options for Kelly’s whiplash and the scar tissue were quite limited. He spoke to a chiropractor, but that provider wasn’t willing to apply any pressure or manipulate joints until the break was fully healed, a process which could take months. Once again, Kelly was told that rest and time were the best treatment options.
But even that rest and time weren’t likely to get rid of the scar tissue nodule on his chest.
The Brown Firm Demands Compensation Due to Permanent Disfigurement
Liability was not in question in this case. Kelly clearly had the right of way and didn’t share any fault for the accident. The challenges came in ensuring Kelly got a fair amount of compensation—not only for the injuries, daily pain, and missed work, but for the change to his body, both in comfort and appearance.
The Brown Firm argued that Kelly had a possible permanent visible disfigurement. While a permanent disfigurement doesn’t necessarily prevent someone from living a full life, it isn’t a way they chose to alter their body. The impacts can be emotional, mental, and physical, and the responsible party should pay for what that takes away.
In the end, we were able to secure the insurance policy limits for Kelly, making it easier for him to rebuild and move on with his life.
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