Three Facial Injuries Most Often Caused by Car Accidents
When involved in a motor vehicle accident, realizing you have endured a facial injury (or head injury) can be a common and frightening event. Since the face is completely exposed, soft tissue injuries and slashes from flying glass or misplaced metal can create a significant amount of pain and require ongoing reconstruction treatments and surgical interventions. Most of the time, victims are still left with scars or disfigured appearances for the rest of their lives. Some facial injuries are actually a combination of multiple painful fractures and intracranial hemorrhages. These injuries can prove fatal when not properly diagnosed or timely treated. Here is a quick review of three facial injuries most often caused by motor vehicle accidents.
- Soft Tissue Injuries: Facial soft tissue injuries are not uncommon in motor vehicle accidents and are actually the most prevalent of traumatic craniofacial injuries encountered by emergency department personnel and plastic surgeons. These injures typically happen when a driver or passenger receives a blow to the face by another object, are burned, lacerated by glass or metal, or when the face collides with an obstruction. Swelling or infection may present within hours or days after an soft tissue injury, making it more difficult to document in the moments after a car accident.
- Facial Fractures: Facial fractures are broken bones anywhere on the face. The main types of facial fractures related to motor vehicle crashes include a broken nose or cheekbones, forehead injuries, and a broken upper and lower jaw. Some symptoms such as pain, swelling, nosebleeds, problems with eyesight, restricted jaw movement, and bruising can be related to facial fractures.
- Contusions (and Intracranial Hemorrhage): A contusion is a bruise caused by a direct blow, crushing underlying muscle and tissue without breaking the skin. A contusion can result from being slammed into a steering wheel, airbag, console or even your seatbelt or another passenger during an auto accident. Hemorrhages that occur within the face or head generally happen suddenly and are a possible result from being involved in a car wreck. A hemorrhage can rapidly cause brain damage and be life-threatening. It is important to get to a hospital emergency room immediately to begin medical treatment.
Also related to the face, serious head injuries are sometimes referred to as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This type of injury often creates serious long-term effects and disability that will require life-altering decisions to be made by individuals and their families.
Anytime you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you should seek help from a medical doctor to ensure your body is moving and your mind is operating the way it should. As you begin the recovery process, it is important to make the time to collect your accident notes and photos, medical record and doctors’ notes and speak with a personal injury lawyer, even if the driver who caused the accident is uninsured. Multidisciplinary care is common for facial injury patients and costs, including medical expenses and lost wages, will add up fast.
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Drivers and passengers who suffer facial injuries caused by a car accident may be entitled to compensation to help cover related medical costs, income loss, and recovery needs. Please share your story with our motor vehicle accident attorneys at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) or fill out the Free Case Evaluation Form. And remember, you pay nothing until we win or settle your car accident case.