Facial injuries are probably not the first thing you think about when you hear the words “car wreck,” but they are a serious problem for many crash victims. Unlike a minor sprain or even a broken bone that will heal without a mark, facial injuries have the potential to leave victims with life-long scars and trauma.
What causes facial injuries in a car wreck?
Quite naturally, facial injuries can come from debris and flying objects, including the shattered glass from a car window during a crash. They can also come from hitting your face on the steering wheel or dashboard, and from loose objects inside the car that become airborne upon impact.
Facial injuries can also come from your own car’s safety devices. Your airbag, for example, can explode with such force into your face that you are left with broken bones or unexpected chemical burns.
What facial injuries are common in crashes?
There are all kinds of possible facial injuries you can suffer, including:
- Lacerations: You can end up with severe wounds that scar badly if your face is cut by glass or other objects.
- Shattered bones: The force of the crash can easily leave you with broken teeth, a broken jaw and crushed orbital fractures in the bones around your eyes.
- Broken noses: Broken noses are common in car accidents, and they can lead to sinus problems and disfigurement.
Any of these injuries can take months to heal and require years of cosmetic surgery and treatment. You can be left with long-lasting social and psychological consequences, as a result.
If you’ve been injured in a wreck due to another driver’s negligence, you have every right to expect to be compensated for your pain and losses. Find out what it takes to pursue a fair claim.