Car accidents can have many tragic outcomes and among the worst are disfiguring facial injuries.
Car accident victims who suffer disfiguring facial injuries or scars may require extensive medical treatment including multiple reconstructive surgeries. The physical and mental pain that a victim endures is hard to imagine. Even after the completion of treatment, the victim may never look the same as before the crash.
Facial Injuries from Car Accidents
According to a study published in the Journal of Cranio-Facial Surgery, facial injuries are a common result of accidents. The study found that over a period of 10 years, 9,543 patients reported at the University were admitted to the University hospital for treatment of facial injuries. 1,116 patients had sustained the injuries in traffic accidents and more than 500 injuries were work-related.
Common Types of Facial Injuries
Car accident victims can suffer many types of facial injuries. Severe trauma or injuries can leave a car accident victim with disfigurement or scarring. Common types of accident-related disfiguring facial injuries include:
- Facial fractures – The human face is made up of a series of bones. A car accident that causes trauma to the face can cause breakage of any of these bones. In many cases, the fractures do not heal properly, leaving the victim disfigured.
- Soft tissue injuries – The face contains soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments. Soft tissue injuries are among the most common injuries treated by plastic surgeons. In spite of the best treatments available, soft tissue injuries may cause permanent deformities and impaired facial function.
- Lacerations – Car accidents can cause deep cuts to the face, which may require stitches and other types of treatments. This often leaves a victim with ugly scars.
- Burns – If the vehicle catches fire in a crash, it can cause burn injuries to the occupants. A victim may require skin grafting and other treatment. The victims of facial burn injuries are often left with skin discoloration and scarring.
- Eye injuries – Flying objects and debris can cause damage to the eyes. Serious eye injuries may not only leave the victim scarred, but may also cause blindness.
- Facial deformities – Any type of damage to the facial bones can cause permanent deformities including sunken cheek bones. This can change a person’s appearance significantly.
Causes of Deforming Facial Injuries
Facial injuries can be caused by flying objects, broken glass, being thrown through the windshield, ejection from the vehicle, contact with the steering wheel, window, airbag or the dash. In pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians are vulnerable to all types of severe injuries including facial injuries when stuck by a vehicle.
St. Louis Automobile Crash Attorney
If you have sustained a disfiguring facial injury in a car crash caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses and compensation for the disfigurement and pain and suffering. Speak to a St. Louis automobile crash attorney from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.