Facial scarring is a common injury victim suffer in car accidents. A person’s face striking a windshield at a high velocity can break the glass. A person’s head can even go through it. On recoil, however, the person’s head will come back through the glass. That can cause horrific facial injuries.
Additionally, accidents victims are at risk of being struck by shards of glass showering down on them from broken glass. Also, striking the dashboard or another hard object with your face can open up a wound that will ultimately scar you. Perhaps the scariest scenario can lead to scarring, and that is when a vehicle catches fire. Burn victims suffer tremendous scarring that is difficult, if not impossible, to correct.
Scars develop differently depending on the wound and on the person who suffered the injury. Hypertrophic scars grow at the wound site. This classification of scar tends to be darker, but it can be lighter than the surrounding skin and rose up from the wound area. These scars can continue to grow well after the wound has healed. Furthermore, hypertrophic scars can grow to be painful as time goes on.
The most pronounced scar caused by a laceration is the keloid. They become painful and can become inflamed as well. Keloid scars grow beyond the edges of the initial wound. Keloids frequently develop on a car accident victim’s face because there is less fatty tissue in that location generally.
The most severe scar recognized by plastic surgeons is called a contracture. This scar develops after massive tissue loss, such as after a burn. A contracture can grow across joints, thereby restricting the movement of those joints as well as causing the victim tremendous pain.
Seeking Compensation for Car Accident Injuries and Scarring
Victims who suffer scarring in a car accident can seek compensation for the scarring. The nature of the loss depends on the person. By way of illustration, a young female scarring victim might have a greater claim for damages than an older male who is similarly situated. A plastic surgeon might be able to repair the scar or make it less visible with time, but there are no guarantees. Also, the pain and suffering caused by the scarring will significantly influence the amount of damages a person might recover.
The accident victim’s mental anguish suffered must be considered when calculating the amount of compensation for scarring. An individual who became disfigured from a car accident will undoubtedly suffer tremendous psychological pain and trauma having to learn to cope with their altered appearance. There can be little dispute that suffering a dramatic change in appearance from an injury requires intensive therapy for the victim so he or she could learn to cope with their ever-present reminder of the tragic accident that caused those wounds.
The car accident attorneys with Parker Waichman LLP understand the emotional damage attendant with a change in a person’s appearance. That is why our firm’s attorneys lawyers aggressively pursue compensation on behalf of our clients.
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