When most people think of injuries resulting from a car accident, life-altering issues such as severe back injuries or traumatic brain injuries usually come to mind. Facial injuries typically aren’t near the top of the list. However, these types of injuries are not only incredibly painful. But they can also result in permanent disfigurement. Fractures can occur when a victim’s face hits a steering wheel or dashboard, and glass fragments can shred the skin.
In many instances, victims not only have to endure physical pain, but emotional trauma as well.
The car accident attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm have a long track record of success helping victims who have suffered severe facial injuries due to the negligence of others. If you’ve been seriously hurt due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, we’ll do everything we can to help you obtain the money you have coming to you. Please schedule a free case review by contacting us online or giving us a call at 888-CALL-JON.
What Causes Facial Wounds in Accidents?
Any time a vehicle accident occurs, the drivers and passengers involved are at risk of severe facial injuries. In fact, these are among the most common car accident injuries people experience.
A victim can be partially ejected through a window or the windshield. This causes victims to suffer severe lacerations to the face due to shattered glass. They can sometimes be completely ejected. This results in injuries not only by glass but also from sliding across an asphalt road, experiencing horrible road rash in the process. Flying objects and debris can strike the face, leading to significant damage.
Types of Facial Injuries
As you might expect, there are many different kinds of injuries that can affect the face due to a car accident. For example, as a head-on or rear-end collision. These are just a few that commonly occur.
Whenever a forceful impact affects the face, there’s a high probability that some sort of broken bone is going to be the result. It could be a broken jaw, a broken nose or a fractured eye socket. When the damage is severe, it can result not only in incredible pain, but also permanent disfigurement.
A car wreck can also result in deep cuts that not only affect a person’s appearance for the rest of their life, but also lead to permanent nerve damage. Every feature on the face can be affected, including the ears, nose, eyes and more. Many victims have to deal with never-ending pain as well as a lack of self-esteem.
Fire is always a threat with just about any sort of vehicular collision. When one occurs, the consequences can be horrible. Severe facial burns will often require excruciating skin grafts as well as nerve damage and scarring that will very likely be permanent.
How are Facial Injuries Treated?
Severe facial injuries must be treated as soon as possible to keep the risk of permanent damage to a minimum. Medical personnel will usually wash any wounds with a saline solution in order to remove foreign substances that could increase the risk of an infection. If an open wound is sealed as quickly as possible, that could reduce the chances of permanent disfigurement. Broken bones will often require surgical reconstruction.
No matter what kind of treatment is administered, it’s going to be incredibly costly. This not only includes the initial treatment. But any additional skin grafts or surgeries that might need to be performed in the future. That’s why you will need to contact an attorney as soon as you can to have any chance of recovering compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
Do Facial Injuries Take a Long Time to Heal?
The recovery time for facial injuries can depend on a lot of different factors. If you’ve had a prior facial injury, or you have other medical issues, it might take longer to recover than it would for other people. For some injury victims, it can take years before they return to anything close to normal.
If you have facial damage, it will be imperative that you follow all of your doctor’s recommendations. For example, facial wounds must be continually treated with ointments to keep the skin as moist as possible and to reduce the risk of infection. When the skin remains moist, that can help reduce the risk of scabs forming. Moisture will help promote the development of new skin rather than scars.
Any kind of injury suffered in a car accident can have impacts that last long after the collision occurs. And facial injuries are no exception. Scars are the most common complication. However, eyelid deformities, a loss of sensation, and other issues can also develop. Many victims will have to have multiple surgical procedures.
Then there is the emotional aspect to a facial injury. Permanent disfigurement, such as scarring, can have a terribly negative impact on a victim. It could rob them of their self-confidence, drastically reducing their quality of life.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney Today
Please don’t hesitate to get legal representation as quickly as you can if you’re not to blame for the accident that led to your severe facial injuries. The faster you call an attorney, the faster that attorney can get to work uncovering the evidence it will take in order for you to win your case.
Don’t assume that the negligent party’s insurance company will step up and do the right thing. The hard fact is that the opposite is actually true. That insurer will do everything it can to either minimize the amount of money you receive, or flat-out deny your claim and give you nothing. You’re going to need a skilled attorney so that you have the strongest case possible. This will ensure you have the best possible chance to obtain full and fair compensation.
The Eberst Law Firm has the skill and resources it will take to help you get every penny you deserve for the suffering you’ve been forced to endure. Schedule a free consultation by calling 888-CALL-JON or contacting us online as soon as possible.