Eye / Facial / Internal Injuries / Scar Injuries
Vision is one of our most precious senses and to have your vision disrupted by an eye injury can be devastating. Eye injuries can occur in many ways, including medical negligence, defective products (i.e. defective airbags), car crashes, truck crashes and motorcycle crashes. Effective representation requires coordination with your doctors and involvement of specialists to give you the best chance of a full recovery and to understand the future implications of these complicated injuries. The attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries have the experience and knowledge to help you navigate your claim so you can focus on recovering and feeling better.
You only get one chance to make a first impression and unfortunately first impressions are often made based on physical appearance. Facial injuries involve unique challenges both physically and mentally. Injures to the face can be as minor as scratches and abrasions from an airbag to fractured bones implicating the sinuses and many nerves of the face. Facial injuries can be very difficult from an emotional perspective as well, especially in the case of permanent scarring from a facial injury. The attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries are familiar with helping clients deal with facial injuries, from the critical aspects of documenting the original condition of the injury and throughout the healing process to coordinating the proper medical experts to get the care you need to minimize permanent scarring.
Scars can have very serious emotional consequences and sometimes serve as a daily visual reminder of a traumatic injury. Studies show that people with scars may be discriminated against in the workplace by losing out on job opportunities and promotions. Children who have scars from injuries may be teased and suffer from low self-esteem as a result. The consequences of scars can be extensive, far beyond the physical damage left on the skin’s surface.
A scar is an area of fibrous tissue that replaces skin tissue after injury. Scarring can result from a wide variety of incidents – including vehicle crashes, work accidents, premise liability accidents, dog bites and defective product injuries. While scarring can be part of the natural healing process, the extent of scarring may even be influenced by exemplary or substandard medical care.
Types of scars include:
- Hypertrophic:A common form of scarring caused by an overproduction of collagen. Commonly appear as a red, raised lump of skin.
- Contracture scars:Often caused by burns, results in a contracting of the skin and impairment of movement. Scarring may be deep and may impact muscle and nerves.
- Keloid:Another common form of scarring. This is a more serious form of scarring because growth can continue until a large tumorous neoplasm forms.
- Atrophic:Appears as a pitted, sunken recess of skin. Typically occurs with the loss of fat, muscle and underlying supporting structure.
In some cases, particularly those involving children, healing and scar formation can be complicated by growth. Certain medical treatments, or lack of appropriate medical intervention, can also result in significant and permanent scarring.
Medical treatments for scars can include:
- Chemical peels
- Filler injections
- Laser treatments
- Ointment and pressure dressings
In some cases, lack of proper medical care can lead to scarring or result in significant unnecessary scarring as wounds begin to heal. And too often medical professionals will indicate a patient should simply accept permanent scarring as a result of significant injury. And insurance companies may balk at providing resources necessary for recovery.
The attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries are dedicated to finding clients the answers and the financial resources they need to minimize the long-term impact of scarring in the wake of a serious injury. Each case is unique, but in many cases scarring can be minimized. Medical treatments can also reduce or eliminate scarring even after formation. Minimizing the long-term impact of scars is every bit as critical to a victim’s full recovery as dealing with the initial injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured and may suffer scarring as part of their injury, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries for a free consultation to discuss your rights.
A person may have a serious internal injury and not be aware of it because it is not immediately evident. People sustain internal injuries for falls, being struck by an object, being involved in a car accident, or a penetrating wound from a gunshot or stabbing. Normally, an internal injury occurs after a blunt trauma or a penetrating injury. If you or someone you know has suffered internal injuries, it is important to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can help you navigate the complexities of your claim and injury so you can focus on recovering. The attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries have successfully represented numerous clients who have suffered internal injuries and can help you get your life back on track.