Scarring and Disfigurement
Harm from a serious accident or resulting medical treatment, can lead to permanent disfigurement or scarring. Scars are a natural effect of the way our bodies heal. Victims often need extra treatment and care, as well as financial support in order to receive it. Auto, truck, and motorcycle crashes, as well as all other accidents, can result in disfigurement. Scars impair or negatively affect an individual’s physical appearance, often in the form of burns, lacerations, or even the loss of a limb. Scarring may remain even after the area has healed completely, permanently altering the skin. It is a physical injury that also affects you emotionally. You may feel that people respond to you differently because of your appearance, and as a result you can feel isolated, embarrassed and fearful of public situations. Facial scarring is especially damaging to a person’s psyche.
Susan, Kent, Ohio
What To Do After A Personal Injury In Ohio
Attorney Joe Paulozzi
The physical, medical, and psychological injuries and financial consequences of scarring and disfigurement are often substantial, and may require long-term and expensive treatment, including:
- Various forms of Surgery
- Significant skin grafts
- Reconstruction of faces
- Prosthesis for lost limbs
- Rehabilitative and physical therapy
- Psychological treatment
Since everyone heals differently, you may not know what your scar will look like for months or even years after your injury and/or surgery. For this reason, you should never accept a settlement check until your body completely heals. The various procedures to minimize scars such as chemical peels, laser surgery and scar revision surgery may or may not be covered by your medical insurance, since some health plans view scar revision as a cosmetic procedure and will not cover it. We will seek compensation and work with medical experts to ensure that you obtain enough funds to pay for future treatment and compensate you for your disfigurement, including your pain and suffering and emotional distress. If your child has suffered a scar injury, we can help you set up a trust fund to pay for the child’s future treatment, as doctors typically will not perform scar revision surgery until the child is grown.
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