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Psychological Trauma Associated with Severe Facial Injury or Disfigurement

March 16, 2018

Georgia Facial Scar Accident Attorneys Address Psychological Trauma Associated with Severe Facial Injury or Disfigurement

Our face and our physical appearance make a statement to all who see it. Unfortunately, we know others can judge us by our physical appearance. For people who have been scarred in an accident, the emotional and physiological trauma can be so great that they feel like others constantly scrutinize their appearance. Their scar tells a story, whether they want it to or not. A prominent scar will draw undesired attention from others. This harsh reality makes it difficult for the person who must now try to live with the scar and to deal with it in a healthy way so they can hopefully lead an as normal and productive life as possible. It is not always easy.

Georgia facial injury and disfigurement lawyers Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, recognize the psychological trauma that persists long after the physical wounds have healed. The psychological trauma, sometimes referred to as pain and suffering, is an important element of damages for an accident victim who suffered scarring or disfigurement. Financial compensation might not fully compensate a crash victim whose face is scarred. However, holding those people responsible for your injuries can help you overcome the psychological trauma and start you on the path toward renewing a healthy self.

Barriers to Living with Scarring

Any facial “blemish or imperfection” can cause great anxiety. A pimple or rash will go away in short order and even though you might feel like everyone is looking at you because of your blemish, it is not a big deal because it will not last forever. Unfortunately, medicine has not evolved to the point where it can completely eliminate scarring. Plastic surgery and associated treatments can come close to removing the scar permanently but some scars might not be able to be removed. Heavy scarring after striking a windshield or auto glass with your face or even a severe burn might remain with you.

Patients with facial scarring tend to experience more severe psychological trauma than patients who were involved in serious incidents that did not have the facial injuries. Doctors noted that people who have suffered severe facial trauma continue to experience depression, anxiety, and anger for longer than one year after the traumatic event.

Depression and anxiety are prevalent with facial scarring and disfigurement.  Difficulty of recovery and the length of the recovery period are two factors contributing to depression and anxiety. Recovery could require multiple surgeries coupled with intense physical rehabilitation.  Additionally, poor self-image and unhappiness commonly lead “to social withdrawal and isolation.” Withdrawal and isolation stems from the “stigma” attached to having a scarred face. To compound the problem, people suffering from depression as a result of facial scarring have lower quality of life and have difficulty in marriages, work, and socializing in general.

Facial Scarring Can Lead to PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly referred to as “PTSD” has received a lot of attention. PTSD has three primary elements. They are:

  • Distressed thoughts or dreams because you are reliving the traumatic experience,
  • The victim tries to avoid emotional responses, thoughts, or situations relating to the original trauma, and
  • The person experiences difficulty sleeping, is anxious, is irritable, and under significant tension.

One important factor to consider is that psychological trauma after suffering a facial injury most often occurs in women rather than men. Men can experience trauma, but studies show that women are more likely to manifest psychological distress over a facial injury than men.

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