Scar formation is an inevitable part of healing after a burn injury. Many factors, such as location and depth of the burn, patient’s age, and sex, and even ethnicity, determine the extent of scaring. The three major types of scars that may result from a burn injury are:
- Keloid Scars fade over time to a dark tan color.
- Hypertrophic Scars are red in color and raised above the level of the skin.
- Contractures are skin that has been burned, particularly over a joint, resulting in tissue that is tight and inflexible.
The types of treatments for burns vary and may include surgery, skin substitution, pressure garments, and medications. Your medical provider will determine which treatments are right for you.
There are two types of surgical procedures that individuals with burn injuries may require skin grafts or dermabrasion.
Another option available for patients is the use of synthetic skin substitutes.
Pressure garments are worn for 23 hours a day and between 12 to 18 months. These devices help prevent the thickening, buckling, and nodular formations seen in hypertrophic scars. When used, a soft, pliable, elastic scar develops, allowing for normal joint movement. The external pressure applied by the garments decreases the inflammatory response and the amount of blood in the scar, reducing itching and preventing collagen from synthesizing. Additionally, pressure garments protect against additional injury.
Financial Burdens of Burn Injuries
The lasting effects of suffering a catastrophic burn extend beyond physical, emotional, psychological, and social distress. The financial burdens are extensive and impact both burn victims and their families.
Treating burn injuries takes a great deal of time and rehabilitation, all of which are incredibly costly, both financially and emotionally. Mounting medical bills and lost time from work add up to overwhelming amounts of debt, which can leave victims asking themselves, “Now what?”
Brenner Law exclusively represents victims of catastrophic injuries, including burns, assisting them with their financial recovery.
“In life, there are the mowers of the lawns, the well poisoners, and the life enhancers. Bob Brenner is the latter and I am deeply thankful for my good fortune in having him as my lawyer. We won my burn injury case because of Bob’s astute, incisive and fearless leadership. “His skills as a lawyer resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement. My recovery and now my life have been optimal because of this man, and I will always be forever grateful.”
As a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Consumer Attorneys Association of California, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Robert Brenner has dedicated his career to securing justice and compensation for burn victims and their families.
If you or a loved one has experienced a burn injury, please call 844.669.7007 to set up a free consultation. The types of recovery you may be entitled to include:
Payment of Medical Bills
Compensation for Lost Income
Vocational Rehabilitation (Job Retraining)
Compensation for Pain and Suffering
Loss of Consortium
Personal injury claims have specific deadlines to initiate a claim or file a lawsuit, or a victim may lose their legal rights. Don’t let your right to recovery lapse and contact us today to discuss the facts of your injury.