You can’t hide the injury that you’ve suffered. Every day for the rest of your life you may look in the mirror and see a lasting reminder of the facial injury that you suffered in a car crash. Additionally, everyone who looks at you may first see your facial deformity or scar, and—consciously or not—they may judge you because of it. It can impact your ability to develop personal relationships, to get jobs, to move ahead in your career, or even to go about your daily business without emotional distress.
How Facial Injuries Happen in Car Crashes
Not every accident results in a facial injury. However, a facial injury may occur if:
- Your face hits the steering wheel, dashboard, window, or another part of the car.
- You are thrown into the windshield, you were thrown into the front seat (if you were riding in the back), or you were ejected from the car.
- There is broken glass or other debris that hits your face.
- The airbag is deployed.
In some accidents, more than one of these things can occur and multiple facial injuries may result.
Six Facial Injuries That Can Happen in a Car Crash
Facial injuries are common types of auto accident injuries, but they are not all the same. A facial injury includes the following types of injuries:
- Dental injuries. Dental injuries can include injuries to the teeth, the jaw, or other parts of the mouth. You could, for example, knock a tooth out of your mouth, experience a loose tooth, or fracture your tooth or jawbone. Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) can also result from a motor vehicle accident and may result in pain and necessary medical treatment.
- Eye injuries. If you hit your eye upon impact or a piece of debris penetrates your eye during a crash then you may suffer a serious and permanent eye injury. For some car accident victims, this includes blindness.
- Broken bones. There are more than a dozen bones in the human face and any of them can break in an auto accident. This includes the nose bones and jaw bones. Broken bones may be painful, they may require surgery, and they can result in lasting deformities.
- Lacerations. Significant cuts from broken glass or other objects can occur during a car accident. These lacerations may leave permanent scars.
- Soft tissue injuries. The muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your face can all be injured in a car crash. Your recovery from these injuries can be complicated and very painful.
- Burn injuries. Vehicle fires and airbag deployments may result in facial burns. Skin grafting and extensive medical treatment may be required and lasting scars and deformities may result.
Depending on your injury, you may suffer significant physical pain and permanent disfigurement. You may require expensive medical treatment and even with that treatment your scars may never heal completely. While no amount of money will ever bring back what you have lost, you may have the right to recover financial compensation for the serious injuries that you have suffered if you know how to do it.
What to Do If You Suffer a Facial Injury in a Car Crash
You may never be looked at the same way that you were viewed prior to the auto accident that left you injured. However, you can afford all of the medical treatment that you need and you may be reimbursed for your facial injuries if you take action.
After you get immediate medical attention, your doctors will develop a treatment plan for you. This may include multiple specialists and surgeries. You should follow the medical plan and contact an experienced car accident lawyer who can help you make a fair recovery for your past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, emotional suffering, and permanent scarring and disfigurement. To learn more, please call the Law Office of Ben Crittenden today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.