After a motor vehicle accident, facial injuries can be physically and emotionally overwhelming to deal with. Broken noses, cuts and scrapes, and blackened eyes hurt just as much as injuries to other parts of your body, and they act as a reminder of your accident every time you look in the mirror. And they can continue to haunt you long after an accident if there is scarring.
Facial injuries can be caused by:
- Collisions with windshields, steering wheels, dashboards, car seats or side windows
- Broken glass or flying objects
- Exploding airbags
The most common facial injuries individuals sustain in car accidents are bruises and scrapes. These tend to heal over time and can be treated at home, though you should always seek medical attention after an accident. Moderately severe injuries, such as burns from airbags, deep cuts from sharp objects and bone fractures from heavy impacts, require prompt medical attention to minimize the damage they may cause.
Long-term injuries are rarer but are nonetheless possible — sometimes car accidents cause damage to your orbital socket and vision, or serious dental injuries. Indeed, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research notes that temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (TMJ) can be caused by trauma to the jaw or the temporomandibular joint. In extreme cases, surgery may even be necessary to set bones and/or repair nerve damage.
You have every right to pursue legal action if you suffered a lasting facial injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Document your injuries every step of the way and talk to an attorney about your legal options. Qualified auto accident lawyers are only a phone call or email away.