Car accidents cause more incidents of facial trauma than any other type of injury. During a car accident, the face is exposed and not protected. Several different types of facial injuries can happen in an auto accident. Facial injuries caused by car accidents can lead to disfigurement or scarring, which can then lead to anxiety and depression. A person’s face is often the first thing people notice. In addition to being painful, severe facial scarring and deformity can have a negative impact on a person’s confidence. When a burn or cut is severe, nerve damage can occur that can make it difficult to move your face.You May be Entitled to Compensation for Your Facial Injuries
Nerve damage, disfigurement, loss of employment, and pain and suffering are all real losses people with facial injuries endure. When another person’s negligent driving caused your facial injuries, our lawyers can help you fight for compensation. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC our lawyers have extensive experience fighting for the rights of injured car accident victims. After reviewing your case, our lawyers will determine who was at fault for your car accident and the best strategy for recovering compensation. Contact our personal injury lawyers today to schedule your free consultation.Common Types of Facial Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Car accidents that cause severe facial injuries often involve other severe injuries. A recent study identified 409 patients over the age of 14 who suffered facial injuries from car accidents. The study found that the most common facial injuries occurred in the mandible and the midface area. Most of the injured individuals in the study suffered multiple injuries to their faces.
When a car accident was serious enough to cause facial injuries, the injured parties were more likely to suffer brain injuries, bone fractures, or other serious organ damage. The following facial injuries are common after car accidents:
- Broken facial bones which can cause harm to the mouth, teeth, tongues, sinus cavities, eyes, and brain. Bone fractures can cause significant ongoing pain, especially when the nerves become damaged.
- Severe facial burns can happen when the auto collision causes an explosion or fire. Bystanders, drivers, and passengers can cause life-threatening burn injuries. Facial burn injuries are not only painful but they can be a source of potentially lethal infection.
- Eye injuries are another type of facial injury that can happen during a car accident. Eyes can be exposed to debris flying around in the car accident. A piece of glass or debris can slice a driver’s eye causing vision loss, scratched corneas, and even blindness. When a person’s vision becomes impaired, their ability to make a living can also become impaired.
- Facial scars and facial deformities can also occur as a result of car accidents. When pieces of debris such as jagged metal cut the skin, a facial scar can result. Scars are visible reminders of the trauma that the car accident caused. Scars can also cause ongoing skin tightness and physical pain. When facial injuries are severe enough or do not heal properly, they can cause deformities. Deformities can negatively influence a person’s self-esteem and personal image. Facial deformities can also cause pain or a lack of proper functioning of the facial muscles.
Faces have more delicate structures than any other part of a person’s body. A network of large and strong bones protect internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, and spleen. No bone structure protects a person’s delicate facial injuries. When small facial bones become fractured in a car accident, healing can become difficult and painful. Facial injuries can also be dangerous when they cause someone’s airways to become blocked. When someone’s face becomes damaged after colliding with the dashboard or another object, they are also at risk of a brain injury. A force significant enough to cause a facial injury is usually powerful enough to cause the brain to collide with the skull which can lead to wide range of other medical problems and quality of life issues. Severe facial injuries can also cause the following medical issues:
- The many nerves of the face and head
Facial injuries are incredibly common in North Carolina car accidents. Facial injuries can negatively impact the victim long after the car accident is over. Medical treatment of facial injuries can be extremely expensive and can include surgery, eye removal or replacement and cosmetic repairs. If you have suffered a facial injury caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm has three convenient locations in Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe to make it easy to consult with one of our attorneys, contact our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible to schedule your free initial consultation.