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Have you suffered from scarring or disfigurement due to someone else’s negligence?

Scars, burns, or other permanent skin marks can have a huge impact on someone’s quality of life, self-esteem and mental health. If your appearance has been affected due to someone else’s mistakes or negligence, you deserve compensation for your suffering.

Not only can an accident resulting in disfigurement permanently alter your appearance, but it can impact your life. Damage to your muscle tissue or other soft tissue in your skin can cause lasting pain and damage your self-esteem. It can also impact future job prospects and require future surgeries, specialized creams or make-up. Severe scarring that takes place near the joints can even cause lessened mobility or loss of mobility.

Car accidents are a common cause of scarring or disfigurement and these lasting marks can be a frequent reminder of the trauma sustained. Depending on the severity of your injuries, your injuries may be classified as catastrophic injuries, entitling you to catastrophic impairment compensation. In this case, you can be entitled to an increased level of insurance benefits.

You shouldn’t have to face these challenges alone. If you have suffered scarring, burning or other forms of disfigurement as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you shouldn’t be liable to pay for your recovery.

MG Law can help you get the compensation you deserve and access to the best specialists available to help you heal faster. We will ensure you can afford your treatment, and get you in touch with proper doctors, rehabilitative centres, physical therapists, counseling, and whatever else you require to properly heal and get back to your life.

Our scarring and disfigurement lawyers specialize in the following accidents:

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What injuries classify as disfigurement?

Recovering from disfigurement is a long journey with many different potential outcomes. Treatment can be painful and costly, so it’s important that you properly document your injuries and financial losses, so we can compile all the necessary information to make a strong case in your favour.


After serious injury or trauma to the skin, tough scar tissue can replace where your healthy tissue once was. Scar tissue is often permanent, but some expensive treatments exist that can help fade or lessen the visibility of a scar. Not only does scarring impact one’s appearance and self-esteem, but scar tissue is often not as strong or supple as healthy tissue.

Many serious scars may appear healed, but can continue to cause chronic pain, tenderness, itching or numbness. Scars can also pucker over time and may require surgery or skin grafts to solve the issue. This is particularly common in children or young adults.


Burns can happen from a multitude of accidents, such as fires, car accidents, chemical spills, defective products, and more. Burns can be caused by a multitude of things such as heat, light, electricity, friction, radiation, light, or scalding. Burns can vary greatly in severity and seriousness, with four types of burns you may sustain.

These are quite mild compared to other burns, often just affecting the outer layer of your skin. These burns still cause pain and reddening of the skin, but don’t cause any swelling, blistering, or permanent damage.

These burns affect both the other layer and lower layer of skin, causing pain, redness, swelling and blistering. These burns may cause scarring but are unlikely to cause any lasting pain. These burns often heal on their own, but if the burn is deep and doesn’t begin to feel better, it’s important to seek medical attention.

Third-degree burns are also known as full thickness burns, as they go through all layers of your skin and can affect deeper tissue. Not only will you experience the above symptoms, but your burns will result in white or blackened, charred skin that may feel numb.

These burns often require much more serious treatment, including painful debridement and require urgent medical attention.

Fourth-degree burns are extremely serious and can affect your muscles, fat and bones. You won’t experience pain in the burned area, as the nerve endings will be damaged or destroyed.

These burns require immediate medical attention and will result in a prolonged hospital stay that involves debridement, IV antibiotics and skin grafts.

Additional health issues burn victims may experience

Depending on the severity of the burn, you may go into shock. Symptoms of shock include: pale or clammy skin, weakness, a drop in alertness and bluish lips and fingernails. Serious burns can cause sepsis, tetanus, hypovolemia, hypothermia, breathing issues, bone and joint problems and even death.

If you or a loved one has suffered an scarring, disfigurement or burn injury, you may feel overwhelmed by emotional trauma and medical bills. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to dealing with insurance, submitting claims, and attaining benefits, we can help.

Didn’t consult with a disfigurement lawyer at the time of your accident? We can still help.

If you didn’t meet with a scarring or disfigurement lawyer when your accident happened, that’s okay. We can still work with you to get you the compensation you deserve. You have up to two years from the time of your accident to pursue legal action and financial compensation.

It’s important to note that if your injury was the result of a slip and fall, the timeline changes. If the fall happened on municipal property, you only have 10 days to provide written notice to the municipality. If the fall happened on private property, you only have 60 days to provide notice.

The two-year limitation period does not begin for a child until they reach the age of 18, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until your child turns 18 to reach out to a disfigurement lawyer. It’s still a good idea to contact a lawyer while all of the details are still fresh, but even if you waited, you may still have a case.

Call us today at 613-730-8460 and get started with your free consultation. This meeting will allow us to get to know you and learn more about your accident, while at the same time giving you a chance to ask any questions you may have for us. You don’t have to face these unknown hurdles alone with MG Law at your side.

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Why is it important to consult a scarring or disfigurement lawyer?

It’s important to meet with a scarring or disfigurement lawyer who is experienced at dealing with these claims. Our team at MG Law will fight tirelessly to get you the results that you deserve. We will be there for you every step of the way, to get you the disfigurement compensation you deserve.

If you or someone you know has suffered from an accident resulting in scarring or other disfigurement, it’s important to consult with a disfigurement lawyer as soon as possible, when all of the details are still fresh. We can help walk you through the process of getting police records, hospital records, interviewing witnesses and dealing with your insurance company.

Important steps to take when injured

It’s important to remember that injuries can take some time to present themselves. If you’ve been in a bad accident, it’s important to take these steps regardless of how you feel, as it may take a few days or weeks for the full extent of your injuries to become apparent.

Call the police and report your accident

Police reports are a valuable part of any court proceeding, so ensuring that the police have all the information you have available will reflect positively on your case.

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