Understanding Facial Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Facial Injuries Result Care Accident One cannot have a serious discussion on the consequences of car accidents without discussing facial injuries. They are some 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 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 numerous ways that the face is injured in a car accident including when bits of the windshield fly into the face, the head slams into the steering wheel, the airbag could open and bruise the face during an auto accident.

Below is information to understand what could happen during an accident and the type of recovery this is available if you are a victim. If you have any questions or if you have been involved in a car crash contact our law firm to discuss your case for compensation.

Common Types of Facial Injuries Sustained in Illinois Auto Collisions

There are significant health risks after an accident to consider if you need to file a lawsuit for financial recovery. Often, victims suffer different kinds of facial injuries and here are some that you should be aware of:

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  • Breaks: As the foregoing picture illustrates, the head is composed of fourteen bones that can suffer severe damage by the impact force of an automobile accident. Broken facial bones can cause significant injuries to the eyes, sinus cavities, mouth, teeth, tongue, and brain. Serious breaks can cause years of pain and cosmetic problems.

  • Deformities: Even if facial injuries are properly treated, the face can heal incorrectly can change the victim's appearance due to deformities that can impact the victim's quality of life by producing headaches, low self-esteem, and a diminished personal image.

  • Scar: Some car accidents cause injuries when objects hit the victim tears of cuts a long gash across the face. Even when the injury is properly treated, many victims are left with a scar as a visible reminder of the trauma that caused permanent physical pain, and often, a permanent negative on the victim's quality of life.

  • Burns: In some car accident cases, the initial crash can cause a fire during the collision that impacts the gas tank, leaving the driver, passengers or bystanders with serious, life-threatening burn injuries. Severe accident-related burns are incredibly painful and require extraordinary and ongoing medical care.

  • Eyes: The eyes are extremely sensitive and vulnerable. During a car accident that impacts the face, the victim could suffer scratched corneas, blindness, and other visual impairments that will require ongoing care, follow-up treatments, and further surgical procedures.

How Facial Injuries Occur in Illinois Car Crashes

While each occupant could be the victim of an Illinois automobile accident, all are susceptible to suffering facial trauma or lacerations when hit with debris, glass, foreign objects and interior parts of the vehicle. Many of the safety technologies installed in vehicles are designed to reduce the risk of fatality by keeping passengers contained inside of the vehicle, but these technologies are not as effective at reducing the potential of trauma to the head or face. The physical forces at play during accidents can make it impossible to ever provide adequate protection to the head.

During rapid deceleration in an accident, the momentum produced by the car when it was traveling can cause the body to continue moving forward, even after the vehicle came to a sudden halt. This may cause the driver or front passenger to collide with the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield in the airbag does not deploy or the seatbelt was not fastened. That said, airbags can also cause injuries to the face and head when they inflate too rapidly, not rapidly enough, or when they fail to deploy as designed.

Rear seat passengers may suffer facial injuries if they collide with the seat in front of them, or if hit with glass, debris or other foreign matter that enters the vehicle during the crash. Victims who are not wearing a seatbelt are at an even greater risk of suffering these types of injuries.

Valuing Facial Injury Claims from Illinois Car Accidents

There are many factors that need to be considered when evaluating a case to determine an appropriate amount of financial compensation when filing a car accident lawsuit. Obviously, the personal injury attorney will value of the victim's incurred medical bills and add additional damages that must be awarded to recover out of pocket expenses, the value of lost wages, emotional or physical suffering and the approximate value of future medical procedures.

However, facial injuries present issues particular to this specific part of the body. Here some things to think about when trying to contextualize harm to the face:

  • More than half of all victims of car accidents sustain some type of facial injury.

  • Facial reconstructive surgery can cost tens of thousands of dollars absent insurance.

  • Corrective eye surgery will not only cost a lot but will keep you partially or totally blind during the long recuperative process

  • Insurance will normally not cover surgeries to repair and conceal scars from car accidents because they are deemed cosmetic.

Facial injuries from car accidents leave some of the most obvious and irreparable scarring. This could not only practically obstruct your life but also seriously your self-image and quality of life. The pain and suffering felt from these injuries is real and should be compensated in court in addition to the tangible costs incurred such as medical bills and lost wages. More than many other injuries, plaintiffs seek and are rewarded for the intangible, non-economic damages associated with facial injuries.

Our Chicago car accident lawyers understand that you are likely overwhelmed with healing your injuries to be concerned about legal disputes following your accident. However, you will need to recoup the cost of your medical care and rehabilitation as you heal. Because of that, we encourage you to contact us to arrange a free case review so we can explain your legal rights and how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Facial Injury Statistics in Illinois Car Accidents

Facial injuries from car accidents are extremely common when any occupant inside of a vehicle is at risk of suffering trauma to the head or face. The impact of facial injuries can remain long after the cuts and bruises heal or the broken bones mend. Some victims suffer physical and emotional pain due to complications brought about by their facial and bodily injuries. Since it can be difficult to place a value on the cost of medical care that victims will need to pay in the future and how much their pain and suffering is worth, the Chicago car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to seeking the maximum amount of compensation allowed on behalf of accident victims. Here is some more general information regarding facial injuries and car accidents in Illinois.

VEHICLES INVOLVED:

  • Car
  • Truck/Trailer
  • Motorcycle
  • Pedestrian
  • Bike
  • 61%
  • 25%
  • 2%
  • 11%
  • 1%

ACCIDENTS TYPES:

  • Rear-End
  • Lane Departure
  • Head-On
  • Rollover
  • Sideswipe
  • 15%
  • 73%
  • 10%
  • 1%
  • 1%

STATE RECOVERY (5 MOST COMMON STATES):

California

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
31%
27%
4%
7%
10%
5%
7%
7%
2%

Florida

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
23%
24%
14%
5%
10%
7%
7%
6%
4%

Missouri

Amount Recovered $0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
32%
50%
5%
4%
3%
2%
2%
1%
1%

New York

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
31%
16%
12%
8%
9%
6%
9%
3%
6%

Washington

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
21%
49%
6%
8%
8%
2%
3%
3%
0

Facial Injury Treatments from Illinois Car Accidents

There are many different options for treatment if you suffer a facial injury from an automobile accident in Illinois. To decide what you need to do, you and your doctors must first understand the exact nature of the harm. These kinds of incidents produce a variety of injuries including the following: broken bones, scars, eye disruptions, tissue damage, deformities, and burns. Generally, here are the main modes of treatment available to you in order to address these issues:

  • Surgery

  • Eye replacement/removal

  • Stitching

  • Tissue removal/enhancement

  • Cosmetic repairs

  • Medication/pain alleviation

Now, remember that all of these medical options are very expensive, painful, and time-consuming. You should factor this in when deciding how much to value your lawsuit for facial injury claims from an Illinois car accident.

Defenses to Facial Injury Claims in Illinois Car Accidents Cases

Here are some of the most common defenses to facial injury claims that you might face in an Illinois lawsuit following an automobile collision:

  1. Your medical bills were not as much as you claim. While this might not ordinarily be up for debate in other kinds of cases, here the defendant might try and allege that your procedures were cosmetic and, therefore, unnecessary. However, to combat this defense, either point to other plaintiffs that prevailed on this form of compensation or argue it affected you intangibly (i.e. lowered your self-esteem) and that made the procedure necessary.

  2. Defendants normally try to cast doubt on the idea that your facial injury will affect you tangibly (i.e. through pain) or intangibly (i.e. reduced quality of life) into the future. There are a number of ways that you can remove this doubt. You can go to trial and appeal to a jury; you can seek professional medical testimony on the long-term impact of this kind of injury; or you can offer testimony of others that have endured a similar experience.

  3. In these kinds of cases, defendants frequently try to claim that your only economic damages should be medical bills. One way to sidestep this maneuver is to show how the facial injury decreased your ability to work and make wages. By doing this, you will be able to increase the amount of economic damages you can ask for and raise the value of your claims.

Hopefully, you see that while defendants in car accident cases with facial injuries often throw stock arguments at plaintiffs, there are tried-and-true ways to get around them and increase the value of recovery in court!

Legal Assistance for People with Facial Injuries Due to Illinois Car Crashes

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are deeply committed to protecting the legal rights of people with facial injuries sustained in auto accidents. Our law firm has the experience resolve your compensation case to ensure you receive the maximum amount of financial recovery by negotiating a settlement on your behalf or winning your case at trial. As with all of our car accident cases, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means a fee is only charged after we obtain a financial recovery for you. Contact our Chicago law firm for a free case assessment.

If you would like to learn about other kinds of injuries sustained in Illinois auto accidents, then please read the following pages:

Understanding Back Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Broken Bone Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Wrongful Deaths in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Herniated Disc Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Knee Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

Understanding Brain Injuries in Illinois Automobile Accidents

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