Burn Injuries, Compensation, and South Carolina Law

The immediate pain people experience in burn accidents is bad enough. As you heal there is still the possibility of permanent scarring, however. For many South Carolinians, these scars serve as daily reminders of the trauma they have been through. Even though no doctor, lawyer, or jury may be unable to undo the scars, South Carolina law is intended to provide fair compensation.  

Scarring from a Burn Injury

Hypertrophic scars are among the most common complications of a burn injury. This type of scar is characterized by a different texture and appearance than the rest of the skin. According to the Burn Model Systems, hypertrophic scars can cause several problems, including:

  • Decreased mobility;
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun and chemicals;
  • Irritation and infection;
  • Feelings of self-consciousness, embarrassment, and depression.

Compensation for South Carolina Burn Victims

Many people equate compensation in a personal injury case with medical bills, lost income, pain, and suffering. However, in South Carolina, you may also receive money for your lost quality of life, permanent physical impairment, mental anguish, and embarrassment. Burn cases are not about the money. They are about holding the negligent party responsible and giving the victim closure. Nonetheless, compensation often allows people dealing with the aftermath of a burn accident to obtain additional medical or psychological care. For instance, some people use the money they receive to undergo scar revision treatment, purchase creams they could not previously afford, or begin meeting with a trained professional who can help them overcome the psychological trauma.

Help From a Law Firm that Will Treat You Like Family

My firm prides itself not only on outcomes, but in the way we treat people. We want you to feel like a member of our family, and know that you no longer have to deal with the scarring and other effects of your burn injury on your own. We want to take the weight of the legal and insurance issues off your shoulders so that you may move forward with your life. To find out how we can help, call my Columbia, SC office today at (803) 790-2800.