Scarring and Disfigurement Injury FAQs

What are scar injuries?

Burns and lacerations are serious injuries that can result in scarring or disfigurement, and may require extensive care. These, often permanent, injuries can be physically and emotionally challenging, as well as financially burdensome.

Scars remain after a wound closes and new skin grows over the injured area. A scar’s appearance will be affected by the type, location, size and severity of the injury, as well as the way the wound was treated.

What are disfigurement injuries?

Disfigurement is when a person’s appearance is affected due to a scar, burn, change in skin texture, or differently shaped body part.

What are some types of scarring and disfigurement injuries?
  • Burns, including fire and chemical
  • Derma- brasion
  • Fibromalasia
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Road rash injuries
  • Surgery
  • Teeth, mouth, and jaw injuries
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)
In addition to physical scarring, many accidents can lead to the injured person coping with mental and emotional trauma. This includes diminished self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.

What types of scars can burn injuries cause?
  • Contracture: permanent tightening of the skin
  • Hypertrophic: limited to the site of the initial injury
  • Keloid: an overgrowth of scar tissue
What surgeries may be required for scar and disfigurement injuries?*

Many accidents can occur that require extensive medical treatment for scarring and disfigurement. These include:
  • Plastic surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Skin grafts
  • Surgical removal of scar tissue and adhesions

What can cause scarring and disfigurement injuries?
  • Amputations
  • Animal attacks
  • Chemical Spills
  • Construction accidents
  • Defective roads
  • Electrocution
  • Explosions
  • Fires
  • Flammable fabrics
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Road hazards
What to do after an accident results in scarring or disfigurement?*

First, the injured person must seek immediate medical attention after he or she has been a victim of an accident resulting in scars or disfigurement. After the injuries have been tended to, it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced law firm.
The attorneys at Swartz & Swartz, P.C. have decades of experiences working with our clients to assure that they are adequately compensated for any permanent scarring or disfigurement. If you or a loved one has suffered such an injury due to someone else’s negligence, please contact Swartz & Swartz, P.C. for a free consultation.


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