Serious North Carolina auto accidents can be traumatic for all parties involved, especially when they involved debilitating injuries and substantial property damage. When victims sustain facial injuries, however, they often suffer from severe emotional anguish in addition to any physical pain.
Any kind of injury to the face, whether the victim was scarred, disfigured or seriously hurt, can leave the injured party feeling self-conscious. They may believe that others are treating them differently and may even begin to see themselves differently.
If you or a loved one suffered a facial injury in an accident that was caused by the actions or negligence of another, you may be entitled to file a claim to recover damages from the at-fault parties. You may be able to receive compensation for current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and mental anguish.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our knowledgeable auto accident attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.
Types of Facial Injuries
Facial trauma, also known as maxillofacial trauma, is one of the most common injuries reported after a car accident. Studies have shown, in fact, the more than half of the people involved in an auto accident sustain some type of facial injury. The severity of injuries suffered by victims varies depending on the circumstances of the crash; they can either be temporary ones that heal quickly or more serious ones that leave permanent scars or disfigurement.
Typically, facial injuries can be classified as soft tissue injuries, bone injuries or dental injuries:
- Soft Tissue Facial Injuries: Lacerations, contusions, cuts and bruises are all commonly reported soft tissue facial injuries. Often, these types of injuries are treated with stitches. When treating a soft tissue facial injury, doctors must make sure they are aware of facial nerves, salivary glands and salivary ducts that may also have been injured.
- Facial Bone Injuries: Fractured facial bones are treated similarly to fracture in other parts of the body; however, since a cast cannot be placed on the face, doctors may have to use other methods in order to stabilize facial fractures. A common facial bone injury suffered by accident victims is a broken or fractured jaw.
- Dental Injuries: Isolated injuries to teeth are very common and often require the expertise of dental specialists. Dental injuries can include fractures in the supporting bone and displaced or knocked out teeth.
- Joint Injuries: Temporomandibular joint injuries, or TMJ, can sometimes occur when a car accident victim’s face hits the steering wheel. The collision of the face and the steering wheel can result in the fracture of jaw bones or the dislocation of the disk used to keep the jaw in place. TMJ victims do not experience any outward physical changes and often the only noticeable symptom is a swollen eye. TMJ can lead to locked jaw, limited mobility of the jaw joint, an abnormal bite, facial, neck and back pain, headaches and clicking jaw.
Contact a North Carolina Facial Injury Lawyer Today
While not all facial injuries are extensive, they should not be taken lightly as they affect an area of the body that is critical to breathing, eating, speaking and seeing. Even in seemingly moderate injuries, treatment often involves the expertise of specialists, which can become expensive.
At Lewis & Keller, we understand that you need to focus on coping with your facial injuries rather than worry about how you will be able to afford treatment. If your face was seriously injured in a North Carolina car accident, you may have reason to file a claim.
We offer free legal consultations to Winston-Salem and Greensboro accident victims. During your consultation, one of our legal professionals will review and assess the details of your claim and recommend the best course of action to take in pursuing legal and financial recourse for your losses.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina facial injury victims or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our lawyers, we encourage you to contact us today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.