Facial Trauma and Scar Injury Lawyers – Frekhtman & Associates represent victims of Facial Disfigurement injuries within NYC including Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Long Island.
Burn injuries frequently lead to scarring which can be improved through surgical procedures such as skin grafting or debridement but often cannot be completely cured. Leaving a victim of a burn injury with a permanent scar is devastating and leads to post traumatic psychological injuries including emotional distress and depression.
Human skin is made up of layers. A thick layer of skin is the dermis followed by an exterior layer of skin known as the epidermis. Burn injuries to the epidermis or outermost lawyer may heal when skin tissue rebuilds. If the injury only affected the epidermis, the resultant scarring may be mild or may completely heal. On the other hand, damage to the dermis is likely to be permanent. When the inner layer or dermis is burned healing process is much more complex because our body naturally produces a protein called collagen fibers which result in severe scars.
After a fire accident or burn injury event, a person may develop the following types of scars:
Keloid: where the scar tissue grows beyond the original site of the injury turning red or pinkish in color. Over time this scar tissue will turn dark.
Hypertrophic: are similar to Keloid in their appearance but these scars are confined to the injury site and do not overgrow.
Contracture scars: a tightening of the skin which is permanent; the contracture affects the nearby muscles, tendons, and ligaments depending on the severity of the burn and scar. A contracture scar limits mobility and range of motion of the affected area. It may also cause nerve damage.
After a burn injury it can take up to 1-2 years for the injury and scar to stabilize. Surgery may be required including plastic surgery to improve the mobility of the area injured by the scar and improve the scar’s appearance.
Scarring is emotionally devastating since it changes our appearance permanently. It changes the way a person sees him or herself. Scarring also changes how other people view us. For fire accident or burn injury victims, the scar is a life long reminder of the traumatic injury causing event.