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The Personal Effects of Facial Scarring

Prevalence of Facial Injuries

Caused by Trauma

Facial injuries are among the most common type of injuries sustained in car, bike, and pedestrian accidents. It is estimated that up to 70% of those involved in a motor vehicular accident suffer some type of facial injury. These include facial bone fractures, burns, eye trauma, soft tissue injuries, and lacerations as well as oral/dental trauma. Facial injuries frequently result in significant pain and often necessitate the costly services of a plastic surgeon. Those who suffer facial injuries are likely to be left with permanent scarring and sometimes disfiguring deformities, such as burn scars and skin grafts and sunken cheekbones resulting from bone fractures and loss of soft tissue.

Facial Scarring: An Especially

Devastating Legacy

While any sort of disfigurement can be stigmatizing, facial scarring has been scientifically shown to be particularly traumatic.

In the past, there has been widespread misconceptions among the public—as well as the medical community—that facial scarring would have to be extensive and grossly disfiguring to result in poor self-image, depression and anxiety. Recent studies, however, dispel that myth. For example, research published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing showed that patients with minor facial lacerations resulting in scars as small as 1.5 cm or less can suffer significant psychological effects, including a chronic lowered sense of social self-consciousness and heightened levels of anxiety.

A more recent study published in 2010, showed a significant correlation between patients’ self-perception of facial disfigurement and anxiety and depression.

Physical, Emotional and Financial Consequences of Facial Scarring

Scarring reduces quality of life and can cause ongoing physical and emotional pain, serving as a blatant and inescapable reminder of the traumatic event that caused disfigurement. It can also have a devastating financial impact for people whose occupation depends on appearance, such as actors and models. In many ways, however, studies have shown that appearance is subconsciously factored into job recruitment decisions, performance evaluations and promotional opportunities. And while it is idealistic to believe that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” the stark reality is that facial trauma and the medical and surgical intervention to address it can adversely affect trauma victims negatively in a multitude of ways for a lifetime.

Written by Lyn Pickel

Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, Changes Medical Malpractice Law


On May 9th, 2015, Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, signed a bill into law that will change not only the financial aspect of medical malpractice cases, but also the consequences that medical professionals will face upon error. This change could affect an unfortunate number of individuals, and it could—in turn—work in favor for the medical professionals that have performed the error. This new law applies only to lawsuits occurring in the state of Missouri.

This new law employs a cap on the amount of money that a person can receive following a medical malpractice lawsuit. For non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, the compensation can no longer exceed $400,000 dollars. For damages labeled “catastrophic”, this cap raises to $700,000. Some damages that would fall into this category include things such as paralysis, loss of vision, or brain injury. Overall, however, these categories are very broad, and the outcomes can vary based on specifics of each case.

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I Am A Self Made Man and other Male delusions

There is no such thing as Santa Claus. There is no such thing as the Easter Bunny. There is no such thing as the ‘self-made’ man.

Maybe no one had to finally tell you there was no Santa Claus. But if you believe in the self-made man, my guess is that punk Mary Claire in the third
grade had to break the news to you on the playground in front of your equally stunned friends.

Nobody did it ‘my way’. Sorry Frank. Even if your song is the national anthem of self-made men. In reality a more honest title would have been ‘I got my
butt kicked and fired from my job my way’.

Point of fact: There is no English translation for ‘I am doing it my way’ to your wife.

But guys are guys. Especially American men. We are Daniel Boone, Audie Murphy, John Wayne, Indiana Jones (when he was young).

Men need manly affirmations of our manliness. So even though Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Peter Pan fell by the wayside, they weren’t really that
manly in the first place.

So the self-made man is not going away anytime soon. Not even because of punks like Mary Claire.

Next topic:

(This made it into the column because I am writing this while sitting in a coffee shop on vacation next to some loud and proud Texans. I guess we are too
far west for New Yorkers to fill the role.)

The defenders of the Alamo made a run for it. Most of them. Just waited too long. Got run down by Mexican lancers outside the walls. Sorry Texas, get over

They did it their way.

Traumatic Brain Injuries


When you get hit in the head, no matter how serious it may seem, there is always a chance for unexpected damages. The brain is one of the most delicate parts of the body, but it is also the most important. Without proper brain function, other parts of the body will be affected, and oftentimes these affected parts are vital to proper body function. If there is an injury to the brain that affects organs like the heart, liver, bowels, or stomach, this brain injury could be fatal.

The problem with many brain injuries is that they are not diagnosed as early as they should be. Oftentimes, at the onset of the injury, there are no signs or symptoms of anything more than just a bump on the head. But with the nature of brain injuries, the symptoms develop over time, especially if they have not been correctly treated as early as possible. To better understand the seriousness of these types of injuries, it is best to first understand the different categories.

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Burn Injuries: How bad is it and what can be done?

Summer is the time when we see an increase in burn-related injuries. Several factors contribute to that—first, 4th of July is a time that significantly increases exposure to fire and the surrounding dangers. Second, camping and outdoor BBQs are much more common in the summer months. The exposure to fire is increased when you have those activities. Nevertheless, there are far too many firework-related burns every year. These can be prevented but those preventions are for another blog. This blog will let you know how severe your burn may be and what can be done to fix the resulting scarring, if there be any.

Severity of Burns

We have all heard about first, second and third-degree burns. But, if you are like me, you can easily be confused about which is the worst and which is not as bad. There can also be a 4th-degree burn as well. So here is a small, simple chart with a breakdown, going from least severe to most severe.

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Future Leaders of St. Louis Scholarship Winner: Jasmine Newman

At Finney Law Office, our tradition and our passion is law. We decided to do something less traditional by sharing our passion and enthusiasm for law with a new generation. For the first time ever, we offered a $1,000 scholarship to a senior high school student pursuing his or her future dreams in law or a related field. Applicants were asked to create a short persuasive video about why they are interested in law and how this scholarship will help them achieve their dreams.

We are proud to announce that Jasmine Newman has been selected as our very first winner for the $1,000 Future Leader’s Scholarship! As a senior graduate at Hazelwood East, Jasmine has selected Missouri State to continue her education pursuing Family Law.

“It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.” It was Mike Huckabee’s quote that spoke to Jasmine. Her passion for public speaking, debating, and defending others has resonated throughout her high school career by participating in the Law & Advocacy forum where she won the Best Attorney Award in a mock trial. Writing out introductions, closings, and cross/direct examinations, she was able to experience the true expectations of a lawyer. Without hesitation, that trip was confirmation that her dreams of being a layer are set in stone and fully attainable.

We are excited about the opportunity to help Jasmine pursue her dreams in Family Law. Congratulations, Jasmine!

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The 4th of July

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 10.13.35 AMThe Fourth of July is arguably the most patriotic event that takes place here in the United States. With this holiday being so largely celebrated, personal injuries and accidents often occur at this time. This holiday regularly causes these injuries far more often than other holidays. Find out how Finney Law Office, LLC can help you.

Car Wars Chapter 2

The war had just started. But my son being arrested on his 16th birthday for driving his new jeep ‘off road’ on the local ballfield put me on full wartime alert. My wife, however, was still not accepting the start of hostilities. To her this was just an ‘incident’ – isolated and not particularly ominous. For you history buffs, kind of like British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain proclaiming ‘peace in our time’ right before Hitler invaded Poland to start World War II.

My son was grounded from all vehicles except for his bike. His summer had ended before it started. His outstanding financial obligations had grown exponentially due to the sentencing handed down following his ‘arrest’.

He got off with a slap on the wrist. His mother was his defense attorney. It was her idea in the first place, so she couldn’t let him swing.

Anyway, he needed money so he needed more work. One of my wife’s best friends offered some yard work. (Apparently I was the only one who didn’t feel sorry for him. Well, neither did his siblings. The next in line realized the Jeep was slipping out of his grasp.)

The job was ½ mile away. Apparently my wife felt that was beyond the distance a 16 year old boy could safely ride a bike.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Finney, TBI UPDATE (1)Traumatic brain injuries come in several different forms with all of them proving to be very serious. Whether you are suffering from a concussion, contusion, coup-contrecoup, diffuse axonal, or penetration injury, your recovery should not be taken lightly. This could mean hefty medical bills, time off work, and pain & suffering. If this injury was due to the negligence of another individual, you deserve compensation. Contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney at Finney Law Office, LLC today.

Is It Just a Concussion?

Many of the symptoms exhibited by someone who has sustained a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury, or TBI, are the same as those of a concussion but tend to be more intense and longer in duration. Examples of these symptoms include a prolonged headache, repeated vomiting, and inability to be roused from sleep and/or markedly increased disorientation, anxiety, and restlessness.

Below is a checklist encompassing signs and symptoms associated with moderate to severe TBI.

  • Worsening headache that will not go away
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Appearance of drowsiness or inability to rouse the person
  • Sensitivity to light and sounds
  • Blurred vision
  • Uneven size of pupils
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Impaired ability to think, concentrate, or to remember, including inability to recognize familiar people and places
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Confusion, restlessness, and agitation
  • Unusual or odd behavior that is out of character for the person
  • Loss of consciousness, typically ranging from 20 minutes to six hours

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