Is hair loss from an injury sustained in a car accident considered a compensable damage?

In the aftermath of a car accident that resulted in injuries, the victims may have to undergo costly medical treatment, and hiring a lawyer to protect their right to compensation is paramount. Without the legal representation of an experienced car accident lawyer, the victim is subject to being taken advantage of by the at-fault party’s insurance company. Typically, the insurance company will either deny the victim’s claim altogether or else offer compensation that is merely a small percentage of the money owed to the victim. A law firm that focuses on personal injury can protect a victim’s right to full compensation for their damages.

What are considered damages?

In the context of a car accident, “damages” refers to the harm caused to those involved. Damages can include any or all of the following in addition to damages not listed here:

·         Dents, scrapes, and other damage to the vehicle. The damage may be so significant that the insurance adjuster “totals” the car, in essence determining that the cost to repair the vehicle exceeds the cost to replace it.

·         Emotional harm. This may include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, stress, depression, etc.

·         Physical harm. This may include bruising, cuts, broken bones, severed limbs, etc.

·         Collateral damage. As an example, if the individual must undergo surgery, a side effect of the surgery, physical and/or emotional trauma, they may experience sudden and severe hair loss.

Who is responsible for paying an individual’s damages?

Individuals who were harmed by someone who acted negligently can seek compensation from the at-fault party. With the help of a car accident lawyer, the victim can file an injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Many classifications of damages are compensable, in fact, far more than most victims realize. A skilled car accident lawyer can easily identify those damages and assign a realistic dollar value to each, even to those which are not physical such as emotional damages. To carry the example further, when the victim develops acute stress as a result of the car accident, and that stress leads to hair loss, hair treatment may fall under compensable damages.

What type of hair treatments might qualify as compensable damage?

There are three main types of hair treatments available:

1.       Low light laser therapy.

2.       Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.

3.       Hair transplant.

Only after an exam by a hair treatment doctor will a car accident victim know which options are available to them. If the car accident victim suffered an injury to their scalp or forehead, this may affect their treatment options. In addition to the treatment possibly being compensable, related damages may also qualify for compensation. For example, an intermediate hair piece, dermatological shampoo and conditioner, transportation costs to and from the hair treatment doctor’s office, etc. Your car accident lawyer can review your case to determine which of your hair treatment-related damages qualify to be included in the personal injury claim.

Resources:

Wikipedia, Hair Treatment

Dr. Robin Unger, Hair Loss Doctor, NYC

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