There are a variety of medical procedures available that can help victims to erase any signs of scarring on one’s skin. Pursuing a corrective procedure can help victims to ease the embarrassment or anxiety that they feel after a dog bite accident. It is not uncommon for victims to feel ashamed of their disfigured appearance and to have many negative emotions about the experience. Obtaining a corrective procedure can help dog bite victims to deal with emotional trauma after an accident. After scars are erased from one’s skin, one is no longer reminded of the traumatic experience of being bitten by a dog.
The following types of corrective procedures are available to minimize the presence of scars for those who have been involved in dog attacks and have received bites:
- Tissue re-arrangement: Tissue re-arrangement can be used when one has suffered from a severe laceration or puncture to tissue or ligaments. The medical professional will take a piece of healthy tissue from another area of the body and then connect it to the wound area. This process assists in eliminating scarring and improving the healing process.
- Skin grafting: Skin grafting is a more invasive procedure that involves the transplantation of skin. This process is used for an area that has received a severe wound or puncture. Skin grafting reduces the amount of time that a person needs to spend in the hospital as well as the other types of invasive operations that he or she may need to receive. There is only a thin scar line left when one chooses skin grating as a way to avoid severe scarring.
- Muscle grafting: Muscle grafts can be used for extremely severe dog bites. A severe dog bite may have caused extreme damage to the muscle tissue in one’s body. Muscle grafting involves the use of donor muscle tissue to attempt to repair the broken tissue in one’s body. Those who receive muscle grafting are at risk for experiencing a complication or rejection of the muscle tissue provided by donors.
- Dermabrasion: A procedure where a plastic surgeon scrapes of the top layers of the skin using a rotary wheel tool. The dermabrasion procedure can minimize the presence of a scar, but will not erase it completely.
Victims may not be able to completely erase scarring from dog bites with the use of corrective medical procedures. In many instances, a victim still has markings left after a corrective procedure. One can suffer from skin discoloration and feel self-conscious about his or her appearance in public.
There may also be an additional need for other types of corrective procedures. A skin or muscle grafting procedure may not be completed to the satisfaction of the victim, and he or she may need to undergo additional invasive operations. These operations are often very expensive, but they may be covered under the funds that one receives after a lawsuit. One may request damages to cover the cost of operations after a dog bite accident.Attorneys Representing Your Best Interests After a Chicago Dog Bite Involving Scarring
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist Chicago dog bite victims in asserting their legal rights after an attack. A victim who is left with scarring should be able to receive compensation for his or her emotional suffering and disfigurement. Disfigurement is an element of damages under Illinois tort law. In many dog bite cases, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can recover compensation for medical procedures to treat dog bite scars that a person has required in the past or may need in the future.
Men, women and children can be left with permanent scars throughout their bodies after a dog bite. Their arms, legs, abdominal areas, facial regions and other parts may be left severely damaged after a dog bite. It is important for these dog bite victims to fight for the maximum amount of compensation that is available to them after an accident. You can meeting with an experienced Illinois dog bite lawyer for a free consultation to discuss the amount of damages that may be available after an accident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, and this means that one only has to pay legal fees after a settlement has been won.