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Handling facial injuries following a traffic accident

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The head and face are both at risk of being badly injured in an auto collision. Facial wounds, in particular, may lead to disfigurement as well as significant disabilities.

There are all kinds of facial injuries that you have to watch out for in a car crash, like deep cuts, eye injuries, bone fractures and others. Anything from the airbag being deployed to hitting your face on the steering column could lead to devastating injuries.

What are the most common facial injuries in auto collisions?

The most common kinds of injuries to the face include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Broken bones

These happen for a few reasons. First, sharp objects or debris, like broken shards of glass, metal or other objects, are likely to fly around during a crash. If those come into contact with the face, then they may lacerate or impale any soft tissues or bones.

Burns are possible if the car actually catches on fire, but they are also caused by chemical exposure when the airbag deploys or friction against the skin. These burns have the potential to be disfiguring and need immediate treatment.

Broken bones are also something to be concerned about. An orbital fracture, which is a fracture around the eye, could lead to instability that may result in the eye sinking into the skull or bulging out. In some cases, the eye can actually come out of the eye socket.

All of these injuries are significant, and victims involved in a crash should seek out medical attention to make sure that they receive the best care for them.

What kinds of compensation can you seek after a crash leading to facial injuries?

You may be able to seek a variety of types of compensation depending on the injuries you’ve suffered. You can make a claim for your medical expenses as well as the way that your injuries have affected your life. If you have scarring and disfigurement, these are issues that you may want to include in your claim, since they may have a lasting impact on your life and may require ongoing treatment.