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RI Personal Injury Approved Article: Car Accidents and Severe Scarring

Serious injury causing car accidents are painful on many, many different levels. There is the initial physical pain of the injury-which can also continue on for months, years or even the rest of the victim’s life depending on the type of injury. But in addition to physical pain, there is a great deal of emotional and mental pain. The emotional pain is particularly great when the accident was caused by another person’s negligence as elements of anger, resentment and injustice are added to the equation. Another element – a physical one – that can add greater depths of emotional pain to an accident victim is severe scarring.

Scarring that occurs in serious accidents are often so severe that they can be defacing. The victim may feel ill at ease around other people because of the scar. This can lead to social phobias, agoraphobia, anxiety and self-esteem related depression. Scarring can, in effect, cause distraught victims to feel uncomfortable working around other people and thus the loss of their jobs. They can also cause great stress in their personal relationships.

Types of Scars

Scars are formed by prolonged inflammation, excessive over proliferation or fibroblasts and over production of collagen. They are a natural reaction of the body in wound healing. In general, the more severe the initial wound, the worse the resulting scar. However, there are many factors that go into scar development including wound care. The most common types of scars are:

Hypertrophic-these are caused by the overproduction of collagen which causes the scar to be raised above the surrounding skin. These scars take the form of a red raised lump on the skin.

Keloid-these are a type of hypertophic scar which can reach deep into the skin

Most severe car accidents scars are keloid scars.

To find out more about scarring and car accidents, visit the website of the Green Bay car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. today.

James Witherspoon

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