Many victims of a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, altercation or sports injury visit emergency rooms every year suffering an orbital fracture. The orbit is a portion of the skull where the eyes held in place in an eye socket. When blunt force trauma fractures the orbit, it can cause a blowout that threatens the victim's vision and distort the function of the throat, nose and ear. This type of injuries usually result of tremendous force applied directly to the face that can occur in an automobile accident, punch, or other kind of harsh impact to the face.
Treating an orbital fracture varies by the severity and position of the injury along with any other head injury sustained at the time of the incident. Severe cases often involve other conditions where the victim can suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), head trauma, lacerations, disfigurement and other injuries as well. Usually, if the injury is repaired early on, it provides better outcomes including optimal physical appearance and reduced potential of infection.
Diagnosing and Orbital Fracture After an Accident
However, to diagnose the damaging effects of the orbital fracture fully, the victim must often undergo CT scans and x-rays. Typically, the victim suffers serious complications and symptoms of a fracture to the orbital rim. In most cases, orbital fracture repair requires extensive surgical procedures and treatments performed by maxillofacial and oral surgeons, plastic surgeons and/or otorhinolaryngologists (ear nose and throat specialists). Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty looking left, right, down or up
- A black eye that manifests significant black and blue discoloration along with swelling of the affected area
- Eyeball that bulges beyond the socket
- Deformity from forehead and cheek swelling
- Sunken area at the location of the healed broken bone
- Tenderness or severe pain when muscles around the eyes are flexed
- A cheek that is abnormally flat in appearance
- Double vision (diplopia)
- Receding eyeball in the orbital socket (enophthalmos)
- Abnormally displaced eyeball in a downward position (hypo-ophthalmia)
- Reduced sensation or feeling of touch on the upper gum, cheek and skin (hypo-esthesia)
In many incidences, the surgeon will remove bone fragments around the eyes, free trapped muscles in the eye area and restore the eye socket to its original shape, if possible.
Serious Complications Are Possible Following an Orbital Fracture
In many situations, a fracture to the orbital rim can cause significant damage to nerves and muscles when they become entrapped in the broken bones. The damage can cause significant injury to tear ducts and facial nerves that can lead to serious infection. The most common types of severe complications include:
- Excessive bleeding at the site of impact
- A healed uneven facial appearance caused by dislocated fractures
- Traumatic brain injury that might involve CSF leakage
- Double vision or loss of vision
- Tissue or bone infection
- Weakness or numbness of facial skin, muscles and nerves
The fracture typically occurs at the eye socket's weakest point where the eye is allowed to blow outward.
Seeking the Maximum Compensation Your Are Entitled to After an Orbital Fracture
With recent advancements in motor vehicle safety, many facial fractures are on the decline. However, tens of thousands of individuals suffer serious orbital fractures every year from vehicle accidents, fistfights, altercations, assaults, slip and fall injuries and other accidents and incidences. When the injury is the result of the negligent or intentional actions of others, the victim can seek financial compensation and hold those responsible accountable for their reckless action.
However, personal injury tort law involving negligence is complex and often requires the experience of the season attorney specializing in injury cases. If you, or a loved one, have suffered a serious blowout fracture, traumatic brain injury, orbital fracture, brain concussion or other head trauma, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our legal team can provide numerous legal options to seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and loss of earning capacity along with pain and suffering directly associated with your injuries caused by the negligence of others.
To schedule a free initial consultation with an Illinois eye injury attorney, call our law offices at (888) 424-5757 today. We can evaluate your claim, offer free advice and assist you in choosing the best options concerning taking your case to trial or settling the claim out of court. We accept personal injury cases on contingency and you are never under any obligation to hire our firm.