Serious trauma to the skin, such as lacerations and puncture wounds that may occur in a car accident, can result in keloid scarring, as can repetitive trauma and infections. Keloid scars can have significant adverse effects. A person with keloid scars may suffer pain, itching, and in some cases, reduced mobility due to tightening of the skin and muscles in the area around the scars. Keloid scarring can also result in or aggravate psychological problems such as depression.
My name is Ira Maurer, a personal injury attorney who is dedicated to helping injured people recover damages for their economic and noneconomic losses. These financial resources can pay for medical care, including scar revision therapy and psychological counseling.
Effects of Keloid Scars
A keloid scar appears as a raised, amorphous growth that extends beyond the original skin injury. While they can appear on most parts of the body, the chest, back, shoulders and arms are vulnerable to keloid scars. A hypertrophic scar is similar in appearance to a keloid scar, but it does not extend beyond the boundary of the wound area.
African-Americans are particularly susceptible to keloid scarring, though people with lighter skin can also suffer from keloid scars.
Keloid Scar Treatment
Several treatment regimens are available to remove keloid scars. These are used either singly or in combination:
- Surgical removal
- Injections with intralesional corticosteroids
- Cryotherapy (freezing therapy using liquid nitrogen)
- Radiation therapy
- Pulsed dye laser treatment
Gel sheeting with hydrogel and silicone scar sheets can also be used to alleviate pain and itching.
How My Firm Can Help
The Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, represents people who have suffered scarring as the result of motor vehicle accidents, defective products, power tool injuries, burns and other traumas. While my focus is getting full compensation for my clients' losses, I also seek to help them obtain the medical care and counseling they need to deal with the effects of keloid scars.
In your case, I will work with your physician or other medical specialists to determine your medical treatment needs. The Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, will then work diligently to obtain the compensation that can pay for needed medical care, as well as damages for lost income, pain and suffering and other losses.