Common Types of Facial Injuries in Accidents
Injuries to the face are often similar depending on the cause of the facial injury. Facial injuries can be severe and lead to significant medical costs and life-long pain and suffering. It is important to work with personal injury lawyers who have experience prosecuting facial injuries. Are lawyers have helped facial injury victims for over thirty years and have extensive experience with the following injuries:
- Facial Cuts – If they are deep enough, cuts can leave scars if not treated promptly and properly.
- Facial Burns – Facial burns range from minor to severe and debilitating. More than half of burn injuries affect the head and neck area. They can be caused by chemicals, steam, flame, and hot substances. Burns also can leave scars and discoloration even with medical care.
- Facial Bone Fractures – If broken facial bones don’t heal properly, the victim can be left disfigured.
- Facial Deformities – Disfigurement resulting from facial bone damage can have a permanent negative effect on the victim’s physical appearance.
- Eye injuries – Debris and flying objects in crashes often strike people in their eyes, sometimes resulting in blindness.
Causes of Facial Scars and Disfigurement
Facial trauma or injury is most commonly caused by motor vehicle accidents. These injuries usually occur when a person’s face hits the steering wheel, side window, dashboard, or windshield, although increased seatbelt usage and airbag technology have greatly reduced the incidence of facial trauma in vehicular accidents. However, when these safety products do not work as designed, the risk of serious facial injuries increases substantially.
If you suffered facial injuries because of an auto accident that was caused by a tire blowout, or if your injuries were caused or worsened by an airbag failure or seatbelt malfunction, you may be entitled to sue the manufacturer of the car or tire even in single-vehicle accidents. Manufacturers are responsible for injuries caused by a defective automobile.
Facial injuries are even more likely and tend to be more severe in collisions with commercial trucks due to the huge disparity in the size of the two vehicles, which often results in the car being crushed by the massive 18-wheeler.
Defective products are also known to cause facial injuries, notably, pressure cookers. When a defective pressure cooker or Instapot fails, hot contents can forcefully blow up in the face of a consumer and spray scalding hot liquid on them. The resulting burns can leave facial scars that are often permanent.
These are just a few of the many causes of facial injuries that we see. Regardless of what caused your injury, we can help you. We will investigate the cause of your facial injuries and help you hold the wrongdoer responsible for your damages.
Treating Facial Injuries After a Serious Accident
Facial trauma victims can suffer from bleeding, bruising, swelling, cuts, and even burns and deformities. The treatment for facial injury depends on the nature and severity of the injury. Stopping the bleeding and cleaning and sterilizing the wound should be done to prevent infection. If a cut is deep enough, stitches may be required.
The airway must be cleared for breathing, and any broken bones must be repositioned and held in place while healing. If the jaw is fractured, it usually requires metal braces that are wired shut. Any missing or broken teeth must be replaced or repaired.
Facial reconstruction surgery may be needed for larger or more complex injuries. Note that children who undergo facial reconstruction are still growing; therefore, the reconstruction must take into account the future development of the facial features and skull.
Recovering from a serious facial injury takes time and advanced medical care. At the Ammons Law Firm, our facial injury attorneys have long-standing relationships with some of the leading facial injury doctors. These doctors help our clients receive the care they need to recover fully. They help our clients restore their image as closely as possible to its original. Since this is often not fully possible due to the nature of a facial injury, our attorneys do everything they can to hold the wrongdoer financially responsible for the mental and emotional toll the injuries will have on your life.
Legal Help for Victims of Disfiguring Scars and Facial Injuries
If you or a loved one suffered a serious facial injury, you need the right law firm on your side. These are complicated cases, and you deserve the best representation available. We have considerable experience navigating highly complex claims, including those involving multiple liable parties. Our skilled attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm have successfully recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients and are prepared to fight tirelessly for you, too.
Call our Houston facial injury attorneys at (281) 801-5617 today to get started with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.