Skin grafts are a relatively common treatment for people who have been involved in an accident where they have been burnt or injured and have suffered a non-healing wound.
Accident Advice Helpline, having 15 years’ experience in the industry, is vastly experienced in successfully claiming compensation for people who have sustained injuries requiring a skin graft as a result of an accident that was not their fault.
This consists of cases where people have sustained first and second degree burns to the skin and in instances where someone was involved in an accident and suffered a serious skin wound as a result.
What is a skin graft?
A skin graft is a surgical procedure whereby skin, or substitute skin, is placed over a burn or non-healing wound, to aid the healing process. This provides a temporary wound covering to replace the missing or damaged skin, which is necessary as it protects the body from fluid loss, helps to protect against harmful, disease-causing bacteria or viruses entering the body, along with helping to regulate body temperature.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, it consists of two layers, an outer layer called the epidermis and a second layer called the dermis. The dermis layer of skin contains blood vessels, nerves, sweat glands, hair follicles, and oil glands; damage to this layer of skin without treatment could leave lasting damage. There are two types of skin grafts, a split-thickness graft, and full-thickness grafts which are used for more extensive injuries.
Who is most at risk?
Though anyone can require a skin graft if their injuries are substantial enough, there are some professions that are more at risk and therefore more likely to need a skin graft in the event of an accident. This consists of:
- People who work with dangerous chemicals that can cause burns
- Anyone who may be exposed to fire such as firefighters
- Factory workers who may work around machinery with blades or grinding implements
- Kitchen workers using hot surfaces
Injuries requiring a skin graft are considered as severe and it is therefore essential that anyone suffering from burns or non-healing wounds seeks medical attention as soon as possible. Failure to do so could cause irreparable and long-lasting damage to nerves and tissue.
If you have had to have a skin graft as a result of an injury you have sustained that was not your fault, then you might be eligible to claim compensation.
To find out more call an expert professional at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our specialists will be able to tell you if you are eligible to claim and if so, how much you could expect you receive.
Category: Burn injury claims