One cannot have a serious discussion on the consequences of car accidents without discussing facial injuries. They are one of the most common injuries associated with automobile incidents and unfortunately one of the costliest in terms of expense and effect.
Although cars have become safer and safer these days thanks to advances in technology and manufacturing, the face is a very exposed part of the body while driving and there is no sure-fire way to limit this exposure. There are so many ways that you could injure your face in a car accident including the following: bits of the windshield could fly into your face, your head could slam into the steering wheel, the airbag could open and bruise you, and in so many other ways your face is extremely vulnerable during an auto accident.
We have put together this information so that you will know more about what could happen during an accident and the type of recovery this is available if you are a victim. Peruse these materials at your leisure if you have any questions or if you have been involved in a car crash.Common Types of Facial Injuries Sustained in Auto Collisions
Following a car accident, here are some of the most significant health risks to consider when pondering a lawsuit and recovery.
- Breaks: As the foregoing picture illustrates, the head is composed of many bones, 14 in total. During the fast shock and force of an automobile accident, any one of these can be seriously damaged or broken. Of course, because this encases the brain and holds the eyes, there are serious medical concerns at stake, not to mention the pain and cosmetic implications.
- Deformities: Even if your injuries are properly treated, set, and otherwise medically cleared, your face can set in ways different than the way you used to look before the accident and it can result in deformities. These deformities impact your quality of life (such as by getting headaches) and can have a significant affect on your self-esteem and personal image.
- Scar: In the tumult of the car accident, an object might hit you or you might land in a way that causes a deep a gash across your face. Sometimes, even after doctors have attended to it and cleaned and repaired it, there is still a scar. This scar is a visible symbol of the trauma of the incident and can leave you with permanent physical pain, and, often times, a permanent reduction in the quality of life.
- Burns: In some car accident cases, a fire starts after the initial crash because of the actual car components or nearby circumstances. Sometimes, those involved in car accidents might feel the effects of these flames and suffer burn injuries. These are incredibly painful, require extraordinary and ongoing medical care, and permanently affect one’s face
- Eyes: Your eyes are one of the sensitive and vulnerable parts of the body. Like the face generally, they lie exposed to many things that could happen during a car accident and any one of them could have drastic effects upon them. Scratched corneas, blindness, and other visual impairments might follow a car accident and they require substantial time, money, and car to fix after it.
Here are some resources to help you understand what recovery might be possible if you have a facial injury following a car accident:
- National Facial Injury Awards and Settlements
- Illinois Facial Injury Awards and Settlements
- Facial Injury Case Worth
- Car Accident Facial Injury Statistics