How serious are facial injuries from car crashes?
A facial injury from a car accident can result in pain, expensive medical treatment and even reconstructive surgery. A study found that facial injuries are more common than any other injuries. These serious injuries require immediate medical attention and are frequently associated with injuries to internal organs or trauma to the brain.
Even with the best possible medical treatment, victims often are left with scars they carry for the rest of their lives.
What causes facial injuries in car accidents?
Despite seatbelts, airbags and technological advancements associated with modern cars, drivers and passengers can still sustain serious facial injuries in car accidents. Often, these injuries are caused by:
- Flying objects or debris, including broken glass
- Contact with hard surfaces, including the steering wheel
- Contact with the side window
- Occupant of the car going through the windshield
- Occupant being ejected from the car
- Face getting struck by the airbag, which can deploy at speeds of up to 220 mph
Are there different types of facial injuries?
Anyone who has ever fallen or “face-planted” knows how quickly and easily the face can get damaged. Car accidents often result in a greater impact and more severe injuries to the face than a fall. The following are some of the common types of injuries associated with crashes:
- Burns: A fire in an accident can cause burns to the body, including the face. A burn often requires skin grafts and other invasive procedures. There also is a risk of infection. Victims who recover from facial burn injuries often have to live with serious scarring and permanent disfigurement.
- Deformities and permanent scars: Deformities and scars to the face change the physical appearance of a person. The severity of a deformity may lead to low self-esteem and other psychological conditions that may require long-term mental health treatment. Victims may also have chronic problems, such as headaches.
- Eye injuries: An accident can result in an injury to the face and one or both eyes. A victim may become partially or totally blind.
- Fractures and broken bones: The face contains 14 bones which are vulnerable in car crashes. In addition to the possibility of fractures to any of the bones, a crash may cause damage to areas in and around the mouth, including the tongue, sinus cavities and teeth.
How a Dover car accident attorney can help
Any injury in an accident can be serious and lead to pain and suffering. With facial injuries, victims often have to confront the psychological toll. They may lose self-esteem, which can affect the ability to maintain relationships or advance professionally. The injury can have a profound impact on quality of life, leading to long-term emotional distress and financial hardship.
In accidents with a facial injury, victims may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, including decreased earning capacity in the future. In addition, an experienced attorney can help you seek compensation for pain and suffering and emotional distress.
The car accident attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. understand what victims are going through and can help you maximize your compensation. We have fought for the rights of victims in New Hampshire for more than a century. Contact us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured in a car accident.