Scars are a natural result of many surgeries, and there’s often little or nothing that can be done to avoid them. Doctors and medical technology in the United States are better than ever, but skin doesn’t always heal perfectly. You may have to deal with scars for the rest of your life.
If you know about this up front, you have time to make your peace with it. In some cases, you may even be able to decide that you don’t want to have the procedure done if the scarring is going to be significant. You may want to look into other options. Even if there is nothing else to be done, you at least know what you’ll be dealing with when you go in for the procedure.
But what if you were never warned about the scarring in the first place? What if you thought everything was going to heal and look exactly like it did before, and now you’re stuck with scars that are impossible to erase, feeling permanently disfigured? They can change your appearance forever, and, especially if they’re on your face or other highly visible areas, they can have a big impact on your confidence and self-esteem.
If you really were never warned, you may be able to sue for compensation. Of course, there are situations in which doctors have no choice — if you were unconscious and rushed to the emergency room after a car accident, for example — but if you were scarred in scheduled procedure that you were led to believe wouldn’t change your appearance, you may be owned compensation for the impact it can have on your life going forward. Be sure you know what legal steps to take. Our Lake Charles medical malpractice lawyers can help.