Causes of Scarring and Disfigurement
Some examples of accidents that can lead to scarring and disfigurement include:
- Road rash from a motorcycle accident
- Burns from fire, steam or explosion
- Burns from hot liquids
- Electrical burns
- Chemical burns
- Cuts and gashes sustained from any accident
Scarring tissue replaces areas of normal tissue with a fibrous tissue that is not the same as normal, uninjured tissue. Scars are less resistant to ultraviolet rays and the hair follicles and sweat glands may not completely regenerate.
Types of Injury Scars
Keloid scars extend beyond the edges of the original injury. Areas of keloid may effect mobility and require treatment with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) or surgical removal.
Hypertrophic scars are usually raised and appear red in color. These scars do not extend past the edges of the original injury but may require injections or steroid administration to reduce inflammation.
Contracture scars are the result of burned skin. After a burn, the skin tightens and may impair mobility in the affected area. This type of scar may also affect the nerves and muscles.
In some cases, injections or surgical procedures may aid in reducing the disfigurement caused by scarring. In others, the damage is too severe and the victim may suffer embarrassment and loss of self-esteem as a result of the disfigurement. Victims often require repeated psychological therapy to cope with the emotional effects of the devastating injury.
At the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., we represent clients on a contingency basis. This means that the accident lawyer is only paid a fee if there is a recovery in your case. To learn more about legal representation for a scarring or disfigurement claim, please contact our Orlando Injury Attorney at the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., for a free consultation.