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Facial Injuries After Car Wrecks

By Butler Prather LLP on June 27, 2022

Vehicle accidents can lead to various types of injuries. This can include, but is not limited to, significant bruising, internal bleeding, broken or dislocated bones, spinal cord injuries, and more. Additionally, individuals can sustain facial trauma as a result of a vehicle accident. Here, we want to discuss the main types of facial injuries that occur in car accidents, as well as the types of compensation individuals may be able to receive as a result of these injuries.

Types of Facial Injuries After a Car Accident

There is a wide range of types of facial injuries that can occur as a result of a vehicle accident. Even though the rate of facial injuries has gone down as a result of improvements in car designs and safety features, Georgia residents still suffer from the tragic result of facial injuries on a regular basis in these types of incidents.

Facial injuries can occur in a few ways. Most often, these injuries happen when the face comes into contact with other objects inside the vehicle. This can include a window, the steering wheel, the dash, side columns on the car, and the airbag. Additionally, severe vehicle accidents often result in debris flying throughout the cab of the vehicle that can come in contact with the face.

Some of the most common types of facial injuries that occur as a result of car accidents include the following:

  • Fractured bones. There are 14 bones in the face, and one of the most commonly broken in a vehicle accident includes the nasal bone. However, other common fractures include cheekbones and jaw bone.
  • Burn injuries. Anytime there is an explosion or fire inside the vehicle, this can result in the skin of the face becoming burned.
  • Lacerations. Lacerations often occur when a person’s face comes into contact with glass or any other object at a rapid speed inside the vehicle.
  • Eye injuries. The eyes can be damaged due to debris flying throughout the vehicle, and in some cases, severe eye damage can result in blindness.
  • Soft tissue injuries. Soft tissues refer to the muscles, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and other connective tissue under the surface of our skin. These soft tissues can sustain significant injuries as a result of the other forces mentioned above.
  • Facial deformities. Anytime a severe facial injury occurs, it could result in significant deformities.

Recovering Compensation for These Injuries

Individuals who suffer from facial injuries as a result of a car accident often experience significant pain and suffering, and they typically require extensive medical treatment. This can include reconstructive procedures such as plastic surgery to restore appearance. However, even with the best treatment available for facial injury treatment, individuals could be left with significant scarring that affects their appearance for the remainder of their lifetime.

That is why an Atlanta car accident attorney will work so diligently to recover compensation on behalf of clients who have sustained facial injuries due to car accidents caused by other drivers. Individuals should be able to recover compensation for their medical bills, any lost wages they incur, and out-of-pocket expenses. Additionally, crash victims should be able to recover compensation for the immense pain and suffering they endure as a result of the aftermath of a facial injury. This can include emotional and psychological trauma as well as physical pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.

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