Scarring is normal process in the healing of the skin from injury. Most people have scars from even small injuries. Some severe scarring can be more intense and cause deformation and other issues, needing medical attention. Whatever your circumstance, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is mindful of the impact of the scar on the individual. Our Chicago scar accident attorneys have successfully resolved hundreds of personal injury cases involving scars to all parts of the body.
We invite you to contact our office to discuss your accident case involving scarring without any cost or obligation on your part. Only if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you will a legal fee be charged. Put another way, you're got no risk to consult with our office regarding you Chicago scarring case.
What Is Scarring?
Scarring happens when the skin is healing itself from an injury. Collagen, a protein produced by the body, is used to close the wound. As the wound heals, the collagen breaks down and in continually replaced over months and years. Normal scars will become smoother and less visible with time and are generally not painful. There are more severe scars that do not fade as easily and can cause interference with mobility.
- Hypertrophic scars. These are raised, red scars that are generally the size of the original wound. These may continue thickening for months after the original wound and can infringe on movement in some locations, as they are less flexible.
- Keloid scars. These scars are also red and raised but can form beyond the original wound site. These can be painful or itchy and are also rigid, causing a tight feeling. This can restrict movement if near a joint.
- Contracture scars. Scars from burns are often contracture scars, which causes a tightening of the skin. These scars also may be deeper than the surface and can cause mobility issues.
Causes of Scars in Personal Injury Cases
Any injury to the skin may cause a scar. Some common reasons for scars are:
Medical Treatment for People With Visible Scarring
If a scar is causing a deformity or restricting movement, there are medical procedures that can be performed to help minimize the appearance and increase flexibility of the affected area. If scarring is minimal, it may be able to be treated with non-surgical options such as corticosteriod creams or injections. If the scarring is severe, it may require scar revision surgery.
- Scar removal. The scar tissue is removed and the wound carefully healed to prevent further scar tissue. It can also involve only removing small portions of scar tissue, allowing it to heal with less restriction to movement and appear less visible.
- Dermabrasion. This refers to removing the upper layer of skin. This helps smooth and soften the scar tissue.
- Skin grafting. Using skin from other areas of the body to replace the scar tissue is used when there extreme damage and loss of mobility. This is generally more for function than appearance.
Prognosis: Scars May be Concealed, But Not Erased
No scar can ever be completely removed, although it often can be made less visible and more pliable. Keloid scars have a 50-80% of reoccurring after surgery, although they may be less detrimental to movement and less noticeable.Chicago Accident Lawyers for People Who Have Scarring from an Accident or Dog Bite
One of the more difficult aspects of scarring cases is assessing a value for the injury. Unlike other types of personal injury cases where a person may have tangible medical expenses related to their injuries, most dog bite cases involving scarring have only minimal medical bills.
As personal injury trial attorneys our job is to convey the impact of scar to an insurance adjuster, defense attorney or jury. Our lawyers always focus on the individual and how the scar impacts them. This individualized approach to accident cases involving scarring has helped many of our clients recover settlements far greater than they ever considered.
If you or a child has a scar related to an accident, contact our Chicago scar injury lawyers for a personalized discussion of your legal rights. (888) 424-5757
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