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If you have been the victim of a dog bite, and have sustained a scar, you may also recover compensation from the dog owner or his/her homeowners insurance company.

In fact, in 2013, dog bites accounted for almost half of homeowners insurance liability claims, costing nearly $600 million. The Lassen Law Firm has successfully settled many dog bite cases over the years. The most recent dog bite settlement resulted in a $230,000 payout to the 15-year-old client who was bitten by her friend's dog. The incident occurred when the teen was visiting her friend's house. The friend's Pitt Bull, unrestrained at the time of the incident, attacked the girl, knocking her down to the floor, and mauled her face. The traumatic dog bite left a deep scar on the girl's left cheek which she tried to hide by covering it with her hair. In addition to the feeling of shame and insecurity, the girl became depressed and stopped participating in sports and other extracurricular activates. When her mother brought the girl to consult with a dog bite attorney at the Lassen Law Firm, the girl wanted to recover compensation high enough to cover several plastic surgeries needed to make the scar less visible. The Lassen Law Firm successfully negotiated with the dog owner's homeowners insurance company and settled the dog case for the full insurance limit.

Philadelphia Scar Injury Lawyer

Scars are the result of the healing from a burn and/or laceration to the body. Scars are typically permanent. If they can be removed, the process is usually extremely painful and costly. When scarring occurs it can have a traumatic effect on the victim, both psychologically and physically. The effects of a scar are often life long, especially when the scarring is severe and causes disfigurement to a visual area of the body.

Different Types of Scars

Lacerations to the body that cause scarring can result from a wide range of injuries, such as an automobile accident, burn injuries, faulty surgery procedures, defective products and falling in a neglected environment, such as a wet floor in a public building, and dog bites. The depth of a scar as well as type of scar varies, depending on the severity of the laceration and the type of laceration. In some situations, particularly children, appropriate healing and scarring can be complicated due to growth of the child. It is also common for extreme scarring to happen as the result of inappropriate medical attention or the incorrect form of treatment. The different types of scars include:

  • Atrophic-this type of scarring produces a sunken and pitted recess of skin. This type of scar typically occurs as a result of the loss of muscle, fat and structural support.
  • Contracture scarring-these scars are typically caused by burns and are usually deep in the structure of the skin, so the scar interferes with the nerves and muscles. As the affected area begins to heal and a scar begins to form, the skin contracts and causes impairment of movement for the skin.
  • Hypertrophic- this is the most common type of scar, which results from an overproduction of collagen to the effected area. The scar has an appearnce of a raised and red lump on the skin.
  • Keloid-this is also a common type of scarring. Keloid scars are a serious type of scar that may continue to grow and create a form of large tumorous neoplasm.
  • Stretch marks-this type of scarring occurs as the skin stretches and contracts. They are often found around the joints or areas where skin was taunt before the injury.

Reducing Scar Appearance

It is important to note that there is no known cure to completely remove a scar. However, there are methods that may reduce the appearance of the scar. A scar can be sensitive to the touch, painful to the touch and embarrassing. Some of the painful and costly methods to reduce the appearance of scarring may include:

  • Laser techniques
  • Radiotherapy
  • Pressure dressing and ointment
  • Dermatology filler injections
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermabrasion
  • Surgery
  • Medications, such as steroids

In extreme scarring, such as those from a burn, skin grafting may be done. Skin grafting is a long, painful and expensive process that involves removing healthy skin from another part of the body and then it is surgically placed over the area of scarring.

Emotional and Physical Effects

One of the most common problems with scarring is that when you are injured in an accident, you may not realize that the scar is permanent. So, if you were the victim of an accident, and settled without a personal injury lawyer, you are out of luck. There is a wide range of after-effects that can result from scarring including:

  • Depression, which can prevent you from participating in the activities you once enjoyed, leave you feeling hopeless and in some situations, suicidal.
  • Low self-esteem is extremely common as a result of scars. Regardless of how concerned you were about your appearance prior to the injury, scars can affect your appearance, which can lead low self-esteem.
  • Social phobia often occurs because the victim is embarrassed to socialize and interact with others out of fear of embarrassment.

The physical and psychological effects of scarring and/or disfiguration can be devastating. If you have sustained scarring as the result of an injury caused by negligence or the actions of someone else, we understand your pain. Our Philadelphia scar injury lawyers will get you the maximum possible compensation available under Pennsylvania law.

At the Lassen Law Firm, our lawyers handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay any attorneys' fees unless and until we make a financial recovery on your behalf.

The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a low 29% contingency fee, not the standard 40-45% like other firms.