Before answering the question of how much is a scar worth to settle in a personal injury case, you should know that if you have a scar from a car accident you do not need to pay a plastic surgeon upfront. See this important note about scars in car accidents: if you need a plastic surgeon because of a car accident.
The examples below of different types of scars and what those scar cases settled for will give you an idea of how much is a scar worth to settle in a personal injury case.
How Much is a Facial Scar Worth?
Facial scars are worth the most amount of money and can be worth millions of dollars if the scar is disfiguring. Often, the important factor is finding enough insurance coverage to compensate you for a facial scar.
In this car accident, our client was getting out of her boyfriend’s car in Queens. Being a gentleman, he opened the door for her but he accidentally let go of the car door too quickly and the car door hit her in the face causing a small scar.
She initially called another personal injury lawyer in New York and went to see a plastic surgeon. But her plastic surgeon wanted $8,000 upfront!
Her first lawyer couldn’t get the plastic surgeon to accept no-fault insurance to pay the plastic surgeon’s bill to repair the scar, so she looked for another personal injury lawyer in New York and called us.
We were able to immediately get a plastic surgeon on Long Island to accept New York No-Fault insurance so she was able to get plastic surgery without having to pay any money.
Inside Lip — How Much is a Scar Inside a Lip Worth?
The scar in this photo showing a small scar on the inside of his lip was settled for the entire $25,000 insurance policy.
We settled another claim for a “scar” on the inside of our client Lia’s lip for $16,000. Lia’s “scar” was similar to the smaller red mark in the photo above. The scar was so small it didn’t show up in a photo!
Lia called to ask how much is a scar worth to settle when she had a car accident in Nassau County and bit her lip when her car was hit in the rear.
Lia said, “I was at a red light and another car hit me in the rear. I bit my lower lip on the inside. It healed without any problems and only left a tiny white mark on the inside of my lip. The other car had insurance with State Farm. Phil Franckel settled my case for $16,000. I never expected to get anything more than a couple of hundred dollars.” Read Lia’s review
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Ear Scar — How Much is a Scar on an Ear Worth?
The injury in the 2 photos below was caused in a hair salon when the woman cutting his hair accidentally snipped his ear. They put a bandage on it and told him it was nothing. When he went home, his mother took him to a plastic surgeon.
They learned it was a more serious injury and required surgery to prevent a scar. He didn’t have health insurance and we got the plastic surgeon to agree to get paid at the end of the case. The insurance company offered $8,000. At a meeting, they wouldn’t offer more than $10,000. We arbitrated the case and were awarded $25,000.
Immediately after plastic surgery and before it healed with a tiny scar
Forearm Scar — How Much is a Scar on an Arm Worth?
This photo shows a scar across a man’s forearm from a motorcycle accident in Suffolk County. We settled the case for $150,000
Extremely Serious Scars — How Much is a Scar on a Leg Worth?
Scars that will restrict movement when healed can be worth millions of dollars. The leg scar below will result in the skin thickening which restricts movement after it is healed.
This photo shows one of our clients with serious second-degree burns on his leg from a motorcycle accident in Queens. GEICO told us the car was insured for $100,000 but we found a second insurance policy also with GEICO also in the amount of $100,000. These burn scars were worth more than the $200,000 insurance.
Scars From Burns — How Much is a Scar From a Burn Worth?
Scars caused by burns are usually, worth the most amount of money, often millions of dollars.
Scars can be caused by different types of burns, such as from a hot water burn, something that was hot, fire, or a friction burn. The leg burn above was a combination of a friction burn on his thigh from the motorcycle tire and on his calf from the hot motorcycle exhaust.
Although burns cause scars, burns are usually worse than just a scar. Find out more about burn injury.
This article on the HURT911® Accident & Injury Research Library about the McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit shows what that case settled for and also shows the amount of time it takes for skin to burn.
Facial Scarring Compensation Calculator
If you’re looking for a facial scarring compensation calculator to determine how much is a scar worth to settle, we really apologize because you won’t find one anywhere, not even here.
It’s not possible to create a calculator to determine how much an injury is worth to settle and scars are even more difficult to determine the value. See why it’s not possible to create a personal injury settlement calculator.
Do Insurance Companies Pay a Lot of Money for Scars?
Yes. Because scars are easily seen by people on a jury, insurance companies are afraid of a scar injury and it may not be necessary to fight a lengthy lawsuit to get a lot of money for your scar.
How much is a scar worth to settle? Call the personal injury lawyers at 1-800-HURT-911® to find out how much money your scar is worth.
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