Birmingham Skin Graft Attorney
What Is Skin Grafting?
Normally, our bodies are able to heal injuries and replace damaged skin
tissue from minor first-degree burns, however, some burns can hinder the
skin’s ability to naturally repair itself. When this happens the
damaged skin can be replaced in a process known as skin grafting where
healthy skin is surgically transplanted to the site of an injury. Healthy
tissue can be taken from your own body, called an autograft, or from another
person, called an allograft. An autograft is generally considered to be
the safest option and carries the lowest risk for bodily rejection.
Which Type Of Burn Injury Requires Skin Grafting?
Second or third-degree burns are typically the injuries that require skin
grafts as these types of burns extend beyond the first layer of skin.Two basic forms of skin graft procedures exist:
Split-level thickness graft: This type of procedure involves only the top two layers of skin, the
epidermis, and dermis. Once transplanted, the skin does not grow with
the rest of the body and multiple grafts may be needed over time.
Full-thickness grafts: In addition to the top layers of skin, these grafts will also transplant-associated
blood vessels and muscles. Full-thickness grafts often continue to grow
naturally after surgery, but often have longer recovery times.
While skin grafts can greatly improve a burn victim’s quality of
life, surgery can become prohibitively expensive. Depending on the severity
of the burn, victims may require multiple operations as well as years
of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Wounds can leave scarring, reminding
victims of the traumatic experience and transplanted skin can lead to
complications from infections or bodily rejection. The surgery itself
can also be particularly risky, potentially resulting in excessive bleeding,
infection, the loss of grafted skin, or nerve damage.
Get Started on Your Case Today
Dealing with the repercussions of a burn injury can be difficult enough
without having to worry about the complexities of taking legal action.
If you have suffered an injury through no fault of your own and now require
skin graft surgery to repair the damage, contact
Glenda Cochran Associates Attorneys at Law.
With more than 25 years of experience protecting the rights of burn injury victims,
our team of Birmingham skin graft injury lawyers can fight to secure the monetary
restitution you need to move forward and rebuild your life.