If you have suffered a severe wound in an accident, then the chances are that you have some scarring. Perhaps the initial injury caused the scarring, or maybe you had to have surgery as part of your treatment.
Some scars will heal and be barely noticeable after a few months, but severe scarring can last forever. Permanent scarring can be debilitating in a number of ways, as outlined below.
Just because a wound has healed does not mean that the effects cannot still be felt. Scars themselves, particularly larger scars, can be extremely painful and, in some cases, they develop their own complications. People with a lot of scar tissue often report feeling chronic pain, particularly when the temperature changes between the seasons.
Even when scars are not causing physical pain, they can do emotional damage. Some people may feel ashamed of their scars, particularly if they are in noticeable areas. For example, the face tends to scar quite easily and this is a part of the body that is generally always exposed.
Scarring in this area can impact an individual’s self-esteem, making it difficult for them to socialize, work and function day-to-day. A person’s family life can also be turned upside down because of scarring, leading to a change in personality and problems in personal relationships.
If your scarring was the result of an accident caused by another person’s negligence, then you may be able to claim compensation for both physical and emotional suffering. By seeking legal guidance, you will gain more insight into the options available to you.