Car accident facial injuries can cause significant pain, expense, and interruption in life activities. A victim may need considerable medical intervention, including surgery, stabilization, plastic surgery, and reconstruction. They may suffer physical and emotional pain and embarrassment.
Fortunately, a car accident victim may claim financial compensation. They may seek compensation for the economic losses, disfigurement, pain and suffering associated with their injuries.
If you have suffered a facial injury in a car accident, then our legal team at David R. Price, Jr., P.A. can assist you. Contact us today to talk to a car accident lawyer in Greenville and start your case.
Understanding Car Accident Face Injuries
Car accidents are a leading cause of facial trauma. Facial injuries in car accidents also come with a high risk of head trauma. If a person has sustained facial injuries, then the possibility of brain trauma, including concussion, should also be explored.
Common car accident face injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Nerve damage
- Muscle damage
- Eyesight damage
- Hearing loss
- Lost teeth and dental problems
- Sinus trouble
A victim of a car accident may experience facial swelling and pain. There may also be infections and complications. Car accident face injuries can take significant time to heal. A victim may have lasting scars.
The head contains 22 bones in most adults. Blunt force trauma in a crash can fracture or crush the nasal structure and other bones in the skull. These skeletal fractures can be disfiguring and impair key functions such as sight, smell, hearing, breathing, and the ability to eat or talk.
A facial injury can cause numerous problems, including:
- Impairment of body function
Medical complications, in turn, can cause additional emotional suffering. People who suffer facial injuries in a motor vehicle collision may also experience shock, depression, anxiety, and stress.
How do facial injuries occur in car accidents?
There are several ways that facial injuries occur in car accidents, including:
- Steering wheel contact
- Glass shrouds
- Road rash
- Airbag injuries
- Hitting the dashboard
- Hitting the seat in front
- Flying debris
- Explosions and fire
Although airbag contact can cause facial injury, there is evidence that airbags reduce the overall likelihood and severity of facial trauma. Drivers and front seat passengers sustain facial fractures in statistically equal amounts.
Facial Injuries – A Common Car Accident Injury
In one study, 51% of patients admitted to the hospital following a car accident sustained facial injuries. It was the most common injury among patients. For most victims who were tracked in the study, facial injuries consisted of soft tissue damage only (78%). However, 22% suffered bone fractures. Many victims with facial trauma also suffered from blunt chest trauma.
Additional data points recorded in the study revealed that seat belts are generally effective in preventing many types of injury, including facial injuries. Victims were significantly more likely to suffer facial trauma if they tested positive for alcohol or drugs following the accident.
The study involved only victims who were admitted to the hospital. Many other people with facial trauma were treated and released without being admitted.
Compensation for Car Accident Face Injuries
Compensation for car accident face injuries may fall within several categories of damages. A person may be compensated for the following:
- Emergency medical care
- Stabilization, including surgery
- Reconstruction and plastic surgery
- Physical therapy
- Lost income and career damage
- Visible disfigurement
- Bodily dysfunction
- Physical pain associated with injuries
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
Victims suffering facial injuries in a car accident may suffer other injuries to their body. Each of these injures and damages should be considered as damages. Ensuring that victims of car accidents receive fair compensation requires a fair assessment of all physical injuries, the costs of treatment, and other types of losses.
Victims are also entitled to compensation for future damages. If a victim is likely to need medical care in the future, or if rehabilitation efforts cannot be completed in time to bring an injury claim within the statute of limitations, the victim should claim future damages. Our law firm can assist you in valuing future damages and gathering the evidence to prove the full extent of your losses.
Proving the right to compensation
A victim has the burden of proving their right to compensation by proving the scope of injuries that result from the accident.
The lawyers at David R. Price, Jr., P.A., can assist you in gathering this evidence. When necessary we can conduct accident reconstruction and work with medical professionals to prove liability and the scope and causation of injuries. In addition, we prove the value of damages, ensuring that your all of your financial losses as well as your personal pain and suffering is fairly considered.
If You Have Suffered Car Accident Face Injuries, then Contact Us Today
All car accident injuries, including facial injuries, deserve compensation. If you have been hurt by a negligent or reckless driver, then we invite you to talk to a lawyer by calling our offices today. You can get answers to your questions, learn about the legal process, and start on the path to receiving compensation.
Start today by having a free consultation with a lawyer, and see how you may receive compensation for a car accident facial injury.