The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 1.9 million people were injured in auto accidents in 2010. Occasionally, vehicle occupants will sustain facial injuries in motor vehicle crashes. In addition to the physical pain, these types of injuries often cause accident victims emotional trauma.
Whether the accident victim was scarred, disfigured or seriously injured, facial injuries can cause people to be self-conscious.
If you or a family has sustained facial injuries from a car accident, you may able file a legal claim against the negligent party. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we urge all injury victims to seek legal guidance following a collision. An experienced lawyer can explain your legal rights, options and Connecticut’s statute of limitations.
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Types of Facial Injuries
Facial trauma, also referred to as maxillofacial trauma, is one of the most common injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision. More than 50 percent of the people involved in a car accident suffer some type of facial injury. The severity of the injury depends on the circumstances of the accident. Facial injuries can run the gamut from mild injuries that heal quickly to serious injuries that leave permanent scars or disfigurement.
Injuries to the face can be grouped into four categories, soft tissue injuries, bone injuries, dental injuries or joint injuries:
- Soft Tissue Facial Injuries-Some common soft tissue injuries include lacerations, contusions and bruises. Soft tissue facial injuries will often require stitches for treatment. Doctors have to careful when treating soft tissue injuries because the salivary glands, salivary ducts and facial nerves may also have been injured during the crash.
- Facial Bone Injuries- Broken facial bones are similar to broken bones in other parts of the body. Unlike other areas of the body, doctors cannot put a cast on face, so they must use other methods to stabilize facial fractures.
- Dental Injuries- Accident victims can sustain isolated dental injuries from a car crash; usually, these injuries need to be treated by a dentist.
- Joint Injuries- When an occupant’s face slams into the steering wheel during a collision, they can suffer temporomandibular joint injuries, or TMJ. The force of the steering wheel can result in the jaw bone being fractured or the dislocation of the disk used to keep the jaw in place. TMJ victims normally don’t experience any physical changes, besides the occasional swollen eye. Some common complications of TMJ include a locked jaw, limited mobility of the jaw joint, an abnormal bite, headaches, clicking jaw and facial, back and neck pain.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident at no fault of your own, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.
Bridgeport Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or family member has suffered facial injuries to the face from a vehicle crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Accident victims may be able to recover losses for medical expenses, lost wages and property wages.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping injury victims receive the justice that they deserve. We have helped numerous clients receive favorable outcome for their claims.
Our law firm provides legal services to residents in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and the surrounding communities.
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