Severe Wounds, Scarring and Blisters
Many types of injuries result in scarring. Severe burns can even result in disfigurement. These types of injuries can have a lasting impact on the victim's quality of life and perception of self-worth. In addition to the physical injuries, scars and disfigurement can also cause lifelong emotional and mental issues.
If your scars or severe wounds were created by the negligence or malicious intent of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced catastrophic injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase can discuss your legal rights and what actions you can take at your complimentary consultation. Call us now at 800-561-4887 to set up your free case review.
Why Do Scars Develop
There are many factors that can determine whether or not a wound or burn will result in permanent scarring. Some of these factors include:
- The age of the victim
- The severity the injury
- The depth of the wound.
Scars form when the top layer or second layer of the skin is damaged. In response to a burn, the body forms a protein called collagen to help with the healing process.
Under normal conditions, collagen fibers are laid down in a relatively organized manner. When there is a deep burn, these collagen fibers may be laid down in a disorganized manner or even on top of a raised burn resulting in an odd texture and appearance.
The Healing Process for Scars and Burns
If you have suffered a burn injury, it may not be clear if or when your scars will completely heal. The healing time will be dependent on the burn degree you had sustained. Third degree burns take the longest to heal.
Within the first few months of your injury, a scar will begin to develop. After about six months, your scar will look as pronounced as it ever will. Only after a year has passed will it become clear what your scar will look like. It will hopefully fade, flatten and become less sensitive.
Cosmetic procedures to exist to reduce the appearance of these burns and scars. Although these procedures can be expensive, they are an option for aesthetically treatment after your injury. Our lawyers at Bisnar Chase can help you obtain the settlement you deserve to cover these types of surgeries as well as any other medical expenses that pertained to your recovery and any lost wages.
Hypertrophic Burn Scars
Hypertrophic scars can develop within a few months after the injury. They stay within the area of the original burn injury and they are often warm, hypersensitive, puffy and itchy.
These types of scars are more pronounced than other types of scars because they typically have hues of deep red or purple and are elevated above the surface of the skin. When these scars form near joints, they can decrease the victim's ability to move.
A contracture is when severe scars develop across joints. When hypertrophic scars result in a contracture on the victim's legs, it may affect the victim's ability to squat, sit, climb stairs or walk. Basically, this type of scarring can render a victim immobile after a catastrophic accident.
When a contracture exists around the arms, this scarring can affect the victim's ability to eat, groom, dress or bathe. It is often possible, however, to reduce the consequences of contractures through stretching and physical therapy. Regardless, it is apparent that if a victim suffers from this type of injury, their quality of life will never be the same following the accident.
Blisters and Skin Tears
Blisters are a common complication of burn scars. Blisters can develop if the scar is rubbed or sheared during the healing process.
Avoid tight clothing or any garments that put pressure on the scar. Skin tears can occur if you scratch your scar or bump into something as your scar is still healing. Skin tears are potentially dangerous because they can result in an infection if they are not properly cleaned and treated. If a skin tear does occur during this stage of the healing, seek medical help immediately. In addition, document this medical expense for future use after you have been treated.
How to Prove Fault in Burn Accident
If you have suffered a serious injury resulting in severe wounds and scarring, you need to gather as much evidence as possible that shows the changes, pain and suffering that you have experienced since the accident.
Having comparable photos of how you looked before the incident and how you look now can prove useful if you choose to file a catastrophic injury claim. It is also well advised to document your injuries by taking photos soon after the incident and during the healing process.
Have a professional photographer take your photos so that you will have large, high-resolution shots that clearly state the severity of your scars and injuries.
Keep a journal of your day-to-day struggle of recovery. This testimony can be viable to winning the compensation you deserve. Also, keep a well organize record of all your recovery expenses.
The Best Legal Help for Burn Injuries
Scars and burns resulting from a serious injury can cause long lasting pain and embarrassment.
Severe wounds and scarring injury can affect the victim's confidence, and sadly, it can affect the way they are perceived by others. Permanent scars can even affect your social life and your ability to secure a job. If your wounds or scars were caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be able to receive compensation for your considerable suffering.
Financial support may be available for all of the medical treatments, surgical procedures and hospitalization related to the accident.
Additionally, support should be available for your mental anguish and physical pain. It is important to understand the potential value of your claim before accepting any settlement offer. It is common for insurance providers and other third parties to offer inadequate settlements to quickly resolve cases. It is critical during this difficult time that you obtain the legal help, counsel and guidance you need to protect your rights and best interests.
Call us now at 800-561-4887 for your free case review. We promise to deliver you the settlement that you deserve. In the small chance that we do not live up to this promise, you don't pay us anything; no win, no fee.