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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The psychological impact of scarring


    In addition to physical discomfort, permanent scarring can have serious, often long-term psychological impacts. As well as being unhappy about the appearance of their scars, many sufferers are also constantly reminded of the, often traumatic, incidents leading to their injury in the first place.

    Accidental injuries and scars

    Negative psychological impacts like extremely low self-esteem, embarrassment and anger; anxiety, fear, sadness and depression are more often than not associated with scars from serious burn injuries, car accidents, and violent crimes. They are particularly present in individuals carrying scars that are visible on their face, neck, hands or arms.

    Dealing emotionally with scars

    While some individuals obsessively try to hide their scars under long hair; scarves, high-collared clothing, long sleeves and so forth, others are affected even deeper and refuse to go out or participate in activities that are likely to reveal their scars and prompt discomforting questions from others. In short, while personal injuries may present a purely physical problem for some, others may have their lives disrupted completely and for long periods of time as a result of scarring. Often, the only way in which such people can hope to resume some sort of ‘normal’ life is to resort to scar treatments in order to reduce their scars as much as possible.

    Personal injury compensation

    Most people are aware that being injured at work, in public places, or in road traffic accidents through someone else’s fault, entitles them to claim for injury compensation. Few people, however, know that the psychological impact of scarring can well make a difference to the amount of compensation to be paid. Often overlooked, this impact can have devastating effects on a person’s life. Subsequently, proving that you are suffering psychological after effects due to scarring can significantly increase the amount of compensation you ultimately receive. If you were affected in this manner, you should certainly mention this fact during your conversations with the legal professional assisting you in your compensation claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    More than 13 years of experience in dealing with all sorts of compensation claims has made Accident Advice Helpline well aware of how much scarring can affect the lives of people who were injured by an accident. As a result, their legal professionals know exactly how to deal with such cases and how to provide the necessary evidence to prove that claimants really are suffering from the psychological impacts of scarring.

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    Date Published: January 9, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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