Some personal injury incidents can expose your face to trauma that can result in a facial injury. These incidents, such as a car, motorcycle, or slip and fall accident, involve your face being impacted by a heavy object, hard surface, or sharp projectile. Facial injuries can result in intense pain, facial disfigurement, and lower self-esteem due to the changes in your physical appearance.
By filing a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, you can pursue compensation for damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and mental anguish. A personal injury lawyer can help prove the at-fault party breached the duty of care they owed you through negligent or reckless behavior, causing the facial injury as a result. With the help of the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Russo Firm, you can recover fair compensation for the full cost of your facial injury damages to begin to put your life back to normal. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (561) 270-0913 or contact us online.
What Personal Injury Incidents Can Cause a Facial Injury?
A personal injury incident that exposes your face to trauma or impact can result in a facial injury. One of the most common types of personal injury incidents that can cause a facial injury is a motorcycle accident. If someone rides their motorcycle without a helmet, a collision could send them off the motorcycle without anything to protect their head and face from a hard ground surface. A motorcycle accident may cause your face to scrape across the road, which is called road rash and can result in a severe facial injury.
Automobile accidents, like car and truck accidents, can also cause facial injuries due to a person’s face being exposed to impact with a steering wheel, dashboard, or shattered glass. A slip and fall accident can cause a facial injury if they fall face first and their face collides with a hard surface.
Facial Injury Symptoms
Facial injuries can cause severe symptoms that can make life much harder than it was before suffering the injury. Most people associate facial pain with a facial injury, but a facial injury victim will suffer much more than just pain. Facial injuries can cause disfigurement and reduced functioning of parts of the face, each of which can negatively affect a person’s standard of living.
The following are some of the symptoms of a facial injury:
- Double vision
- Missing teeth
- Trouble breathing
- Facial disfigurement
- Intense pain
- Liquid leaking from the eyes or nose
Facial Fracture from a Personal Injury Incident
A facial fracture occurs when the pressure from a personal injury incident is so intense that a bone in the face cannot withstand it and breaks as a result. The bones in the face affect each part of the face, including the forehead, jaw, cheekbones, and eye socket. A facial fracture can result in reduced functioning in that part of the face, which can lead to adverse health conditions. A broken bone in the face can result in difficulty in moving your eyes, inability to chew, or breathing problems.
The following are some of the bones in the face that you can fracture in a personal injury incident:
- Frontal bone (forehead)
- Nasal bones
- Zygomas (cheekbones)
- Orbital bones (eye sockets)
- Mandible (lower jaw)
- Maxillary bones (upper jaw)
Broken Jaw From a Personal Injury Incident
Two of the bones you can break during a personal injury incident comprise the jaw. The mandible, or lower jaw, and maxillary bones, the upper jaw, both can receive enough impact during a personal injury incident to lead to a broken jaw. This type of facial fracture can cause bleeding from the mouth, difficulty breathing, and facial numbness. It can lead to greater issues down the line, with your teeth possibly misaligning due to a facial fracture. Immediate medical treatment can help prevent long-term adverse health effects.
A Personal Injury Incident Can Cause a Facial Laceration
A personal injury incident can bring your face into contact with a sharp object, such as shards of glass from a broken window in a car accident. Sharp objects can cause penetrating trauma, which can result in a facial laceration. It can cause bleeding, which could be healed with at-home remedies.
While the bleeding may not seem that serious, a facial laceration can quickly escalate to a severe health condition. Without professional medical treatment, a facial laceration can become infected. Bacteria growing inside the open wound can lead to pain, pus, and fevers. After suffering a facial laceration, it’s important to head to the hospital to have a healthcare professional administer treatment to reduce the chances of adverse health conditions.
Pursuing Compensation for Facial Injury Damages
Facial injuries from personal injury incidents can cause economic damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning potential. The injury can also have an emotional and psychological effect, with you losing self-esteem due to how the injury affects your look. You can file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company to pursue compensation for non-economic damages like mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you assess your current and future damages to determine the full cost of your facial injury.
The following are the damages you can pursue compensation for a facial injury:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Disability costs
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You Pursue Compensation for Facial Injury Damages?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help with the process of a personal injury claim, as they have the experience necessary to handle the process correctly. They know when and how to handle certain steps in the process to put you in the best position to recover compensation for your facial injury damages.
Their experience can help with insurance company negotiations. You will need to negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company, but they will do everything they can to deny, devalue, or delay your claim to keep their profits up. With experience in negotiating with insurers, an experienced personal injury lawyer can combat attempts to limit your settlement. A personal injury lawyer can help you handle the claims process by determining liability, speaking to experts and witnesses, and collecting evidence to help prove your case.
Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Seeking Facial Injury Damages
At The Russo Firm, we have personal injury lawyers experienced for decades in all personal injury incident types and can apply that experience to help you recover compensation for facial injury damages. We do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to legal counsel and will take into account the specifics of your case in crafting a legal counsel plan. Our personal injury lawyers will put you in the best position to recover compensation for the full cost of your facial injury with vast resources, constant communication, and personalized legal counsel.
The personal injury lawyers at The Russo Firm will offer free consultations to show how they can help you recover compensation for facial injury damages. Contact us today for a free consultation at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page.