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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

    Three accidents that could cause scarring injuries


    Accidents can have devastating consequences and sometimes, people are left with permanent reminders of traumatic events in the form of scarring. One common cause of scarring is road traffic accidents.

    Accidents on the road which cause scarring: the long-term impact of a car crash

    Car crashes affect people in different ways; you may walk away from a minor scrape with no injuries at all, or you may be involved in a serious accident, which leaves you requiring urgent, life-saving treatment. Whether or not you are seriously injured, the memories of a crash are likely to remain with you for a long time and they are made all the more prominent by scars. Scars are formed when the skin is damaged and they may last a life time.

    Burns and scalds: preventing accidents at work and at home

    Burns occur when the skin is damaged by heat and there are many different hazards, which may result in burns, including hot surfaces, chemicals, scolding water, using hot machinery, and fire, which may be caused by smoking, faulty appliances, and cooking accidents. There are some simple ways you can lower your risk of suffering burns at work and at home and these include:

    • using safety manuals
    • wearing protective clothing where appropriate
    • undertaking advanced training to use specific machines
    • taking extra care when cooking or handling hot food or drinks
    • using warning signs to alert people to hot objects or surfaces

    One of the main complications of burns is scarred skin; scarring can be very severe and may cover a large amount of the body in serious cases, such as house fires. Often, plastic surgery and skin grafting is used to reduce the visibility of scarring.

    Lacerations and heavy machinery accidents

    If you use heavy machinery at work, there is a risk of work-related injury and one problem, which may occur from using power tools, agricultural machinery, and building equipment, is lacerations. Lacerations are deep cuts, which penetrate several layers of the skin. Scarring is part of the healing process, but most scars remain visible long after the wound has healed. Scarring is not painful, but it can contribute to issues with self-esteem and confidence.

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    How can I find out more about personal injury compensation?

    If you’ve been involved in a work accident or a road traffic accident and you’ve been injured, you may be able to claim work accident or car crash compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your case with a trained personal injury lawyer and find out if you could claim for your injuries.

    Date Published: January 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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