Burns and Scarring
Burn Accident Attorney St. Louis
Many serious injuries sustained in personal injury accidents can lead to scarring, and in addition to physical scars, an injured person may have to cope with mental and emotional trauma, including low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.
As with any disfiguring injury, scars impact the way we look at ourselves, and the way others perceive us. Career opportunities may be impacted. Personal relationships may be ruined. There is no set period of time for how long a scar needs to heal. Burn victims may carry a permanent reminder of the event that caused the injury.
Severity of Burn Scarring
While scarring is part of the healing process following any injury to the skin, the type and severity of the scar depends on many factors including our genetic predisposition.
The severity of the injury, kind of injury, its location on the body, its degree of seriousness, and any medical procedures the injured person has to undergo can affect the rate of healing. Scarring and disfigurement may require numerous corrective medical procedures, such as reconstructive surgery or plastic surgery, skin graft operations, and the surgical removal of scar tissue and adhesions.
Victims of burns and scars should not have to worry about how to pay for their treatment in addition to dealing with the physical and emotional pain of their injuries.
Financial recovery for scars and disfigurement may be based on the length, width, and depth of the scar; the visibility of the scar; and the effect it has had on the victim’s behavior, personality, and outlook on life.
Often, people who suffer from burns or scarring may also be suffering from other medical or emotional elements of the accident that affects their quality of life.
Burn Injuries: Attorney Assessment
Burn injuries stem from a variety of sources including contact with flames, hot liquids, hot surfaces, and other sources of high heat, as well as chemical burns and electrical burns. They may occur in the kitchen, in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, during a restaurant mishap or at a work site explosion.
The factors in assessing a burn injury include the severity of the burn as well as the size. Serious burn injuries can result in disfigurement, nerve damage, and death. Victims of serious burns can take several years to stabilize and are highly-susceptible to infection and opportunistic diseases. Recovering from a burn injury can be a long and painful road that entails pain medication, skin grafts and costly reconstructive surgeries.
Burns cause skin damage that usually results in one of three types of scars:
- Keloid – an overgrowth of scar tissue,
- Hypertrophic – limited to the site of initial injury or incision, or
- Contracture – a permanent tightening of the skin.
If you or a loved one has suffered the physical and emotional aftermath of scarring and disfigurement or serious burn injuries, we can help. Call us at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) for advice, without cost or obligation.
About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a personal injury lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. See his profile on Google+