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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

versión On-line ISSN 1988-611Xversión impresa ISSN 1135-7606


RODRIGUEZ VALIENTE, A.  y  VAZQUEZ SASOT, A.. Review and critique of aesthetic damage assessment: proposal for a new scale. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2014, vol.20, n.1, pp.26-35. ISSN 1988-611X.

Introduction: Even today the aesthetic impairment remains a problem when assessing corporal damage, as it has not been established which are the elements to be considered and their quantification, thus assuming a subjective component by both the individual as the expert in charge of the assessment. Materials and methods: A literature review and analysis of the texts and major scales found is carried out. An analysis of methods and scales used in the assessment of aesthetic impairment is carried out in order to propose a new systematic assessment of aesthetic damage, minimizing subjectivity and assessing the different parts of the aesthetic damage. Results: A new scale for assessing the aesthetic damage is proposed; taking into account 3 main areas: changes in the skin (scars and burns), amputations and loss of substance, and disturbances of the dynamic (motion, posture, expression, and speech), with reference to the Real Decreto Legislativo 8/2004. Discussion: The preparation of this protocol has been relied on the scale of Table VI contained in the Real Decreto Legislativo 8/2004, which states that age, sex and profession should not be taken into account, and that the assessment of aesthetic impairment is done in a separate section of functional impairment. A valid scale should include all aspects pertaining to the aesthetic impairment, both static and dynamic.

Palabras clave : Accidents; Body surface area; Compensation and redress/legislation & jurisprudence; Disability evaluation; Disabled persons/legislation & jurisprudence; Esthetics; Psychomotor impairment; Traffic/legislation & jurisprudence; Whole body imaging.

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