Scarring Injury Compensation Claim
Indeed, apart from the more obvious cosmetic difficulties which scarring presents, it can also cause both mobility and severe psychological problems. Scars can be internal as well as external, can be raised or sunk, temporary or permanent and a different colour to the surrounding healthy skin tissue. Their appearance is also very much dependent on the type of injury suffered. Additional factors such as age, genetic factors and even whether you are male or female can also determine how prone to scarring you may be and how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Facial scarring is more visible and therefore considered worse than scarring elsewhere on the body which can be covered by clothing. Furthermore, women and children tend to place a much greater emphasis on body image than men. Whoever you are and however you sustained your injury, if you have suffered severe scarring that wasn’t your fault and it has had a detrimental effect on your life then you may be eligible for compensation.
A scar is an area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after an injury and results from the natural biological process of wound repair in both the skin and other tissue within the body. Every cut to the skin, with the exception of only very minor lesions, results in the formation of some degree of scar tissue with the eventual fading very much dependent on different factors. Scar tissue is made from the protein collagen and is the same as the tissue it replaces with the only difference being how the fibres are arranged. In normal skin, the collagen is laid out in a cross-hatch formation as opposed to straight lines in scarred skin. The vast majority of scars are painless but they can be itchy, tender and may also lead to loss of sensation in the affected area.
The formation of scar tissue is caused commonly by physical injuries sustained from a wide variety of accidents which include:
- Road accidents
- Surgical errors
- Defective products
- Sporting accidents
- Accidents at work
- Accidents at school
- Accidents in the home
- Accidents in public places
- Criminal assaults
- Injuries caused by animals such as scratches and dog bites
- General slips, trips and falls
These causes can be grouped into five main categories of injury which most commonly result in the development of scar tissue and include:
- Burns caused by electricity, friction, harmful chemicals and heat
- Scalds caused by the skin coming into direct contact with boiling liquids
- Abrasions such as grazes where the skin is rubbed away
- Lacerations where the skin is cut by sharp objects such as broken glass and the jagged edges of pieces of metal
- General skin complaints like Dermatitis
Scars that result from certain injuries can also lead to the development of scar tissue that is particular to that injury. For example, severe cases of Industrial Dermatitis, as well as repeated exposure to dangerous chemicals, extreme high and low temperatures and radiation, can lead to pock marks. Additionally, burns and scalding can lead to ‘puckering’ of the skin as the soft tissue contracts during the healing process. Surgery is normally necessary to rectify this and such injuries may also require skin grafts. Carpet burns can also cause scarring on parts of the limbs due to the natural abrasive properties of fibres in a pile. Jute is one particular natural fibre used in rugs, bags, ropes, sacks and hessian products which frequently causes carpet burns and, as a result, abnormal scar tissue to develop.
- Keloid Scar
- Hypertrophic Scar
- Scar Tissue
- Facial Scarring
- Acne Scar Treatment
- Mole Removal Scar
- Makeup Scar
- Episiotomy Scar
- Cesarian (C-Section) Scar
- BCG Vaccine Scar
- Nose Piercing Scar
- Hysterectomy Scar
- Thyroidectomy Scar
- Burn Scar
- Tummy Tuck Scar
- Hair Transplant Scar
Perhaps one of the most debilitating consequences of developing abnormal scar tissue as a result of an accident is the restriction of normal movement. This is particularly the case when it covers an area of the body like a joint that moves and bends because scar tissue tends to be far less elastic than normal skin tissue. This is usually caused by hypertrophic scars which have a red, raised appearance as a result of an overproduction of collagen during the healing process. More severe keloid scarring where excessive tissue grows causing the area of scarring to become much larger than the original wound can also lead to restriction of normal movement.
If you are suffering from pain and difficulty moving correctly as a result of your scars, then scar revision surgery may be an option. Prescription or over the counter creams, ointments and gels, steroid injections, laser treatment and various types of medication can also help in the treatment of scarring that may be having a detrimental effect on your life.
It is also important not to pick scabs that have formed as a result of receiving a laceration to the skin as this can lead to the incorrect healing of the wound. This could, in turn, lead to the risk of further difficulties regarding the future physical appearance of the scar. There may be a possible need for surgery if your movement is being restricted as well as all the potential psychological complications which can result from developing unsightly scars of this nature.
Preventative measures can also be taken to reduce and possibly even eliminate the level of scarring incurred after an injury or operation with the use of pressure bandages and silicon sheets. With facial scarring, doctors may stitch using finer threads, and the procedure may be carried out by a specialist such as a cosmetic surgeon to reduce as much as they can the possibility of the patient developing bad scarring.
People employed in certain industries are at a greater risk of being scarred as a result of receiving injuries due to the types of tools, materials and equipment they use as part of their work. Under the provisions of existing Health and Safety legislation, employers are obligated by law to assess all working practices and to reduce as much as possible any reasonably foreseeable risks involved in carrying out such practices as well as ensuring that all risk assessments are reviewed and revised as necessary. Employers must also provide all the training, information and instruction required to ensure the safety of the workforce.
This is especially the case for employers of people working in heavy industry and construction where the risk of workers suffering scarring as a result of being injured is much greater. Scarring is perhaps one of the worst consequences of having an accident at work and may be as a result of not being provided with the correct protective equipment and training necessary to keep workers safe by their employers. If you have suffered scarring as a result of receiving an injury at work that wasn’t your fault and if you have reasonable grounds to believe that your employer did not adequately protect you from harm, they may be liable for prosecution, and you may be entitled to compensation.
Winning a compensation settlement for a scarring injury can’t repair the damage to your body and mind, but it can at least go some way towards helping you rebuild your life by paying for any treatment you may need to ease your suffering. In the very worst cases, some victims may be unable ever to work again, and as a result, we have been able to secure huge cash settlements to properly compensate them for the money they would have earned had they not had to stop working because of their injury.
Victims of injuries that have resulted in scarring have in past cases been known to receive between £1,000 and £16,000 in damages based on factors such as where on the body the scar is and the extent of their injuries. Whoever you are and wherever you sustained your injury, if you have suffered scarring as a result of receiving an injury that was the fault of somebody else then you may be entitled to compensation. Give Tylers a call today and let our expert team of lawyers assess your case to see if you are eligible for compensation.
If you have suffered scarring as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
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