Scarring after a dog bite or attack
Dog bite accidents and attacks often lead to painful lacerations, which typically result in scarring. The scars can range from mild to severe depending on their type and on the location of the dog bite. Although scars are a natural part of the healing process, they are also a visible lifelong reminder of trauma. Scarring, particularly to the face, neck, and head, can cause emotional distress to a victim of a dog bite. Unfortunately, dog bites are more common in children, who must grow up with the disfigurement of a dog bite scar. Scarring can be treated or improved with the intervention of a plastic surgeon, and can sometimes require numerous treatments or surgeries over a long period of time.
Dog bite scar types:
- Keloid Scars: This type of scar is the result of an overly aggressive healing process. Doctors are not exactly sure what causes the keloid scar, but it is thought that changes in cellular signals that control growth lead to the development of this type of raised scar. Keloid scars tend to exceed the dimensions of the actual injury, and they are typically raised above the skin. Over time, this type of scar can begin to affect the mobility of the around it. The body’s tendency to keloid scar formation is genetic, and is most common in individuals of Asian or African descent. Similarly, keloid scars are most common on the chest, back, head, shoulders, ear lobes, and jaw lines. These scars can be treated with surgical removal, steroid injections, and cryotherapy. Certain steps can be taken during a scars healing process to avoid keloid scar formation. A study is being conducted that assesses whether or not the use of a topical silicone gel sheet used directly after the skin is broken could help to prevent the formation of keloid scarring. Ask your doctor what types should be taken to avoid this type of scarring if you have been bitten by a dog.
- Hypertrophic Scars: This type of scar is raised and red in color. They are similar to, but not as disfiguring as keloid scars. Steroid injections, silicone sheets, and laser therapy are the most common types of treatment aimed at reducing the visibility of these scars.
St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers
Scar treatment can be an extremely costly endeavor. If you or a loved one has sustained scarring or injury from a dog bite or attack, you may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. A skilled St. Louis dog bite attorney, can explain dog bite liability to you, and can evaluate the worth of your potential dog bite claim. Our first step in your case will be to build up an ironclad case against the dog owner’s insurance company. With our years of success in settling dog bite cases, we then demand reimbursement for any future medical treatment as well as paid compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distress. For an absolutely FREE dog bite case consultation, call us today at 314.409.7060.