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Car Accidents and Facial Injuries

Reconstructive surgery.
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If you have suffered severe facial injuries due to a car accident, you may need to consult with a St. Louis car accident attorney to receive sufficient compensation.

A car accident can cause severe injuries and substantial property damage. Some injuries are minor that require minimal treatment, while there are others that may have a lasting effect on a person’s health and well being, such as severe facial injuries.

Effects of Facial Injuries

The most common form of injury sustained by a person involved in a major car accident is injury to the face. The wounds suffered on the face because of the impact may range from superficial to severe. These injuries may leave the victim with lifelong suffering and pain in the form of scars and permanent disfigurement. A person with facial scars and disfigurement tends to become more self-conscious about his appearance and at times other people may also see him differently, which causes even more discomfort.

How Facial Injuries Happen in Car Accidents

There are various factors which attribute to facial injuries in car accidents. The majority of facial injuries are caused by the face hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or side window, or by shattered glass hitting the face. In some cases, airbags may also cause facial injuries when they are released during an accident.

The extent of injuries sustained during a car accident usually depends on the severity of the impact, the place where the face is impacted, and especially the angle at which the face is impacted. The most common facial injuries sustained in a car accident are minor bruises, lacerations, scrapes, fractures, and severe damages to the jaw and teeth.

The Expense of Fixing Facial Injuries

The medical procedures undertaken for the correction of jaw and teeth damage may burn a hole in the victim’s pocket. These injuries may also leave permanent scarring that can cause lifelong pain and suffering. It is always advisable to receive immediate medical assistance for facial injuries sustained in a car accident. Such immediate medical help may at times reduce, and in some cases, completely prevent permanent scarring and disfigurement of the face. The permanent scarring or disfigurement a victim sustains as a result of facial injuries in a car accident can cause immense emotional pain from lowered self-esteem and loss of confidence; which may be more severe than physical pain and suffering.

Receiving Compensation for Facial Injuries

If you have sustained permanent disfigurement because of a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may want to file for compensation for the physical pain as well as the mental agony you have undergone. You may be entitled to compensation for all accident-related expenses and the emotional pain and suffering.

There are some car accident claims which are not easily resolved and become a lengthy legal process. It is essential to seek the advice of a competent and experienced St. Louis car accident attorney. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.

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Updated: February 9, 2021