Have you or someone you love suffered facial scars in an accident caused by someone’s reckless, negligent, or intentional actions? If so, you might be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Severe facial injuries can be incredibly difficult to treat effectively. In many cases, plastic surgery can help, but it may not be entirely effective. The operations are often expensive and can be extremely painful.
Because scars on the face are difficult to conceal, permanent facial scarring can also have a significant psychological impact on the victim. The way others perceive them and the way the victim views themselves after an accident can be difficult to handle.
The Sacramento and Roseville facial scarring lawyers at The Sevey Law Firm know how difficult dealing with severe scarring injuries can be. That’s why we have made it our mission to help injured victims get the compensation they need and the justice they deserve. Contact us at (916) 788 – 7100 to tell us your story and get started on your claim today.
Facial Scarring: How It Happens
While any accident that involves an impact to the face could result in scarring, certain types of accidents come with an increased risk. For example, car accident victims often experience facial scarring. In the event of a crash, broken glass or other shrapnel can inflict deep, jagged lacerations across the face while airbags or fires that start because of the collision can cause severe burns.
Thermal Burns from flames or explosions are also commonly-reported causes of facial scarring. These burns are often caused by home fires or explosions and fires in the workplace. Second- and third-degree burns can cause life-altering damage and scarring that requires skin grafts and other extensive medical care.
Chemical burns from exposure to certain acids or bases at home or at work can cause first degree burns (which typically heal without scarring) or may cause more serious 2nd or 3rd-degree burns. Burns of this magnitude may require skin grafts to repair and may leave permanent scars as a result.
Types of Facial Scarring
Facial scarring can develop rapidly after an accident. After the skin is damaged, it beings to heal immediately, working to close cuts and lacerations as quickly as possible. This begins with a blood clot on the skin’s surface, forming a scab. After that, the dermis works below the surface to send out fibroblasts to begin rebuilding the tissue. Because the skin is working to repair itself quickly, collagen isn’t laid out in the same pattern as the rest of the skin, resulting in a scar. Some common types of scars include the following:
- Keloids: Keloids are raised scars created by an overproduction of tissue during the healing process resulting in collagen collecting under the top layer of skin. Scars appear puffy and darker than surrounding skin thanks to layers of unorganized collagen and can affect areas past the boundaries of the cut or burn.
- Atrophic: Unlike keloid scars, atrophic scars leave marks on your face that are sunken in and are a result of damage to fat or collagen cells.
- Hypertrophic: Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloid scars, but instead of permeating outside the lacerations borders, they follow the outline.
Contracture: These are the result of burns to the skin, and as it begins to heal, the skin becomes tight, preventing normal facial movement.
Facial Scar Treatment Options
After suffering a laceration or burn injury due to an auto crash or other accident, there are ways to minimize the amount of damage done to your face. This, of course, depends greatly on the severity of the accident. When a scab begins to form following an injury, it’s important to do everything possible not to pick at it, and instead, let it heal on its own. Also, keep wounds cleaned and covered while also applying medicated ointment to prevent them from drying out. Once healed, protect the scar from further damage by applying at least SPF 30 sunscreen when you go outside.
In some cases, scars will heal and disappear on their own or by treating them with dermabrasion, steroid injections, cortisone injections, and various over the counter or prescription-strength ointments or gels to reduce inflammation and flatten raised scars. For indented scars, a medical professional may suggest treating them with filler injections, chemical peels or laser treatment therapy. In the most severe circumstances, a doctor may need to remove the raised tissue through surgery or skin grafts.
Like any surgery or medical procedure, there are complications and risks involved with these types of operations. Make sure to consult with a dermatologist or other medical professional beforehand.
Contact a Roseville Facial Scarring or Disfigurement Attorney
If you suffered severe facial scarring after an accident, know that you are not alone. The Sacramento and Roseville injury attorneys at The Sevey Law Firm know what you are going through. We have helped countless others just like you get the compensation they are owed to pay their medical bills and move on toward a brighter future.
We firmly believe that the individual’s responsible for your accident should pay for what they’ve done. When someone’s careless or reckless actions impact another person’s life forever, they should be forced to deal with the consequences. Our attorneys have fought hard to protect the rights of injured people in Sacramento and the surrounding areas, and we are not afraid to stand up for you.
With any injury claim, there is a statute of limitations that limits how long you have to file. Don’t wait until that time runs out. Contact a knowledgeable member of our team at (916) 788-7100 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us today. In fact, there are no fees at all unless we win your case, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us today to get the qualified legal help that you deserve.