Facial injuries are some of the most common injuries victims experience after a car crash. Some studies show that more than half of those who are injured in a car accident have some kind of facial injury.
Many people also experience dental injuries, which are usually part of more severe injuries such as head trauma or whiplash. This often means dental injury treatment is neglected while the more serious injuries are addressed.
Types of Facial Injuries
The head is particularly vulnerable during a crash, and the following facial injuries are among the most common:
- Eye injuries. The eyes can be injured by the explosive force of an airbag that deploys during a crash. Other injuries such as traumatic brain injury or concussions can cause permanent damage to the eyes.
- Burns. When victims suffer facial burns after a crash, treatment can be painful and invasive. Burn injuries can result in mental suffering that may lead to low self-esteem and a decrease in quality of life.
- Deformity. Some facial injuries are so severe, they cause permanent deformity to the face. Not only do these injuries change a person’s appearance, but victims can also experience other conditions such as chronic headaches.
- Scarring. When vehicles collide, occupants may be thrown violently forward, causing them to hit their face on the dashboard or windshield. Broken glass and other debris can cause cuts and abrasions to the face that leave scars.
- Fractures. There are 14 different bones in the face, all of which are susceptible to breaking from the impact of a crash.
Types of Dental Injuries
When people have facial injuries, their teeth are often damaged as well. Some of the more common types of dental injuries include:
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Loosened teeth
- Avulsed tooth
- Root fracture
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder caused by whiplash
- Broken jaw
A chipped or fractured tooth is not necessarily a dental emergency, and treatment can usually wait until more serious injuries are taken care of. But when a tooth is completely knocked out (avulsed) and the tooth is recovered, immediate treatment improves the chances of saving the tooth. A broken jaw requires an immediate visit to the emergency room for treatment.
Potential Damages After a Facial or Dental Injury
Treatment of facial and dental injuries can be long and expensive, and your personal injury settlement should cover your medical expenses, including future treatment that might be needed. In addition, you may be eligible to receive compensation for property damage, lost wages, loss of potential earning if your injuries will prevent you from working your same job, and pain and suffering.
In any personal injury case, the best way to ensure your right to a fair settlement is to work with an experienced attorney. The insurance company’s goal is to pay out as little money as possible rather than provide you with adequate compensation to pay for your facial or dental damage. A skilled attorney can negotiate on your behalf for the highest possible settlement.
Don’t Wait to Hire a Car Accident Attorney
You deserve a fair recovery when you are hurt by someone else’s negligence, but that recovery will only happen if you take the necessary steps quickly. If you wait too long, you won’t be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, out-of-pocket costs, lost income, and emotional suffering and physical pain. When you’re dealing with physical injuries, it can be difficult to think about pursuing a case, which is why you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation, so we can review the details of your case and take action on your behalf to ensure you get the recovery you deserve. Because we work on a contingency basis, you will not have to pay us money upfront. We will be paid when your case is settled or resolved in court. Protect yourself, and call us for an appointment today.