Following accidents at work, public slips, trips and falls, or road traffic accidents, the immediate priority is to treat the subsequent injuries and ensure that recovery in terms of bone mechanisms and body functionality is total, or as near as possible.
What is often overlooked is the mental impact a traumatic experience can have on the victim. Personal injuries are something that can take an awful lot of time to get over and permanent reminders, such as scars, only serve to make this process harder.
What are scars?
Scars represent a natural part of the healing process. They are fibrous tissues that take the place of normal skin in the aftermath of the injury. They appear as a result of an internal biological process whereby the body repairs the damaged or broken skin.
What are examples of the different types of scarring?
- Hypertrophic: These scars occur when there is an excess of collagen produced by the body which causes the scar to be raised in a red lump above the surrounding skin. They typically appear within 4-8 weeks following infection or closure of a wound with excess tension.
- Keloid: A more dangerous form of the above as they can grow pretty much indefinitely into large neoplasms. They can be caused by surgery, personal accidents and even body piercings. They can also be itchy and painful.
The above are probably the most common types of scars but there are a number of others to be wary of.
Why are scarring injuries traumatic?
Injures which leave scars can be particularly distressing for a number of reasons. Firstly, any personal injury that leaves a scar is likely to have been both serious and painful. Whether it was an injury at work or elsewhere, the memory will be painful.
More than that, however, is the impact it may have on self-esteem and confidence, especially if the scar is in an easily visible place. Victims of scarring injuries may feel less inclined to go out and socialise for fear of being ‘stared at.’
Part of the healing process of recovering from a scarring injury could be receiving financial compensation, which is where Accident Advice Helpline come in.
A law firm with over 13 years’ experience dealing in injury claims, including work accidents, public trips and falls, and vehicle accidents, they can take your case on a no win, no fee basis. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown