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This scar makes my modeling career unlikely; Umm, not so much.

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death

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10/22/2012
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Workers' Comp in Iowa and ScarsQuestion: How much is a two to three inch scar above my right, caused by a fall at work, going to add to my case? I got nine stitches and a concussion, resulting in stitches over my right eye. Will my benefits reflect an increase in value?

Quick Answer: Normally nothing, nada, zilch. Unless you make a living as a model a scar isn't worth anything in an Iowa workers' compensation claim.

Normally a scar alone is worth nothing under the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Act. Like a pretty face a face defaced by a scar adds no value to the benefits you will receive. But there are some instances where it becomes relevant to how to calculate the benefits you should receive. Let’s take a look.

In most cases, unless you make a living as a model a scar isn't worth anything in an Iowa workers' compensation claim. So unless you regularly grace the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, People Magazine or ELLE, forget it. That job running a lathe or serving latte’s isn’t going to serve up any additional workers’ compensation benefit.

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On the other hand some scars can result in lasting irritation of a nerve ending that causes pain and a loss of function. If that is the case then there can be a resulting loss of function. A physiatrist (not psychiatrist) once explained how painful a neuroma can be and how to treat them. If a nerve is cut, but is not pulled and allowed to retract into the surrounding tissues, leaving it exposed, the end can become hardened into a ball-like ending. This neuroma can be painful until it is once again resected and allowed to retract into the surrounding tissues, into sort of like a cocoon. 

So don't give up; go see the surgeon, the neurosurgeon.

  • What is a ‘neuroma’? Definition: a tumor formed of nerve tissue.
  • What are some common symptoms of neuroma pain?


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