When Reconstructive Surgery After an Accident is Needed
Personal injury victims who suffer burns, scarring, or disfigurement often need reconstructive surgery so they can look and feel better. Some reconstructive surgeries are functional – they’re needed to allow the victim to eat, see, feel, walk and perform everyday daily tasks. Other reconstructive surgeries are cosmetic. They’re needed so the victim can feel better about the way he/she looks and more confident about engaging with other people socially and at work.
Facial disfigurement can affect your ability to interact with others
Victims of motor vehicle collisions, falls, product defects, fires, explosions, and other attacks may need surgery to help repair the bones, muscles, and tissues, in their face. There are 14 bones in the face that may need mending. Orbital fractures affect the ability to see. Maxillary fractures affect a victim’s ability to breathe and to eat. Other facial fractures include fractures of the sinus bones and jawbone.
X-rays are used to diagnose broken facial bones. Typically, to repair a broken bone, a doctor penetrates the skin, fixes and puts the bone in the proper position, and then screws or plates or inserted to keep the bone stable.
In extreme cases, the victim may need to undergo facial transplant surgery.
Burn injuries can leave you prone to serious illnesses
Burns can be caused by electrical accidents, and exposure to heat, chemicals or radiation. Less severe injuries, known as first-degree burns, damage the skin’s outer layer. Second-degree burns affect the layer of the skin under the outer layer. Third-degree burns affect all layers of the skin and underlying tissue. Skin grafts are typically used to repair skin burns. A reconstructive surgeon will normally select skin from your thigh, buttocks, or chest to place over the burn. The graft is secured by using foam rubber.
Reconstructive surgery includes the risk of infection, scarring, uneven skin, and other dangers. All reconstructive surgeries include the risk of psychological scars in addition to the physical risks.
Reconstructive surgeries are quite expensive. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers understand that many victims require multiple reconstructive surgeries. At Taylor & Ring, we fight to get injury victims every dollar they deserve when someone is at fault for your pain. We demand payment for all your medical bills, including surgeries, lost wages, physical pain, emotional suffering, and scarring and disfigurement.
To learn more about your rights when personal injury changes your life, please call us at 310-776-6390. You can also complete our contact form to schedule time with a lawyer.
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David Ring is a nationally renowned plaintiff’s personal injury trial attorney and has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of seriously-injured individuals or families who have lost a loved one in a tragic accident. For more than 20 years, he has represented victims of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, assault, molestation and sexual misconduct in cases against a variety of employers and entities, including schools, churches and youth organizations.
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