Car Accident Face Injuries and Compensation

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Car accident facial injuries can affect you in several ways. You may be suffering from the physical effects of the injury, including pain and discomfort. Facial injuries can also cause prominent scarring that can change the course of your life. Either way, depending on severity, car accident facial injuries can lead to higher compensation than damage to other parts of your body.

Gibbons & Critchton, Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers can help you maximize your financial recovery in a car accident case. Call us today to begin the legal process with our Philadelphia car accident lawyers.

How You Can Suffer Facial Injuries in a Car Accident

Car accident facial injuries can happen in several ways. Your face may suffer a direct impact in the crash. In many accidents, the airbags suddenly and violently deploy. While the airbag may save your head and body from serious injury, it can also lead to other effects. Your face slamming against the airbag can cause broken bones and lacerations.

If your face makes contact with any other part of the car, such as the steering wheel, you may suffer even more serious injuries because they are hard surfaces. Car accident victims may suffer fractures to these parts of the face in a crash:

  • Nose
  • Cheek
  • Jaw
  • Eye socket
  • Other bones
  • Broken teeth

Lacerations and Contusions to the Face Cause Pain and Scarring

Contusions are another serious car accident facial injury. Here, you have suffered a deep bruise to your face from Impact with a hard surface in the car. Contusions can be particularly dangerous because they can lead to hemorrhaging. This is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical treatment.

Lacerations may cause serious injury and lasting damage to your face. If the windshield shatters or your face makes sudden and hard contact with other parts of the car, you can suffer deep cuts. These cuts may never fully heal, leaving you with permanent and lasting scars.

You Could Need Short and Long-Term Treatment for Your Facial Injuries

From a treatment standpoint, the first thing that the doctor needs to do is stabilize and repair any broken bones. You may need immediate surgery for facial fractures. For example, a broken or damaged eye socket can impact your vision if it is not immediately repaired. The same thing goes for your jaw. You can suffer permanent damage without prompt medical treatment.

You may also need longer-term medical treatment for car accident facial injuries. If you have suffered lacerations or any other type of scars, you may need plastic surgery to restore your appearance. These surgical procedures can be extremely expensive, and they are often not effective on the first attempt. You may need multiple procedures to even partially restore your appearance to what it was before the car accident.

In the meantime, you are going through discomfort, and your life will not be the same until your appearance is restored to something close to what it was before the accident.

Facial Injuries Could Lead to Significant Financial Compensation

There is no such thing as an average settlement for car accident facial injuries. Everything depends on the facts and circumstances of your case and how you have been impacted by what happened.

If you are focusing on the average, you may end up leaving money on the table because you could be entitled to even more than what others have gotten in their car accident settlements.

One of the key elements of car accident compensation is scarring and disfigurement. If your scarring is in a more prominent place, you may be entitled to more money because it can affect your appearance for the rest of your life. In turn, facial scars are among the most recognizable because of their placement. Not only is your appearance changed, but the extent of your scarring could even lead to lost wages if it affects your earnings capacity.

How Our Car Accident Attorneys Can Help After a Facial Injury

Hiring an experienced car accident lawyer can help you maximize your compensation from a facial injury. On your own, you may not know how much your case is worth, especially in light of your substantial non-economic damages. Your car accident lawyer will review both the severity of your injury and how it impacts you to help determine how much you may be due in a settlement. Your attorney may work with various experts, such as medical expert witnesses and vocational specialists, to understand how your facial injuries will impact your life.

Then, your attorney can present evidence that would show that the other driver has a legal obligation to pay you, namely that they were negligent. They would file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company or a lawsuit against them in court.

Insurance companies are always going to dispute the value of your claim because they are not the ones who are living your life. They think more about their own profits and bank accounts than they do about what it means to live life with a serious and potentially deforming facial injury.

Your attorney may negotiate a settlement agreement on your behalf to compensate you for your facial and other car accident injuries. Their job is to do the absolute best that they can for you financially, so you get the most possible money for your car accident facial injury claim.

Contact a Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident, you must hire an attorney as soon as possible after the crash. Gibbons & Critchton, Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers have a track record of success for our clients, helping them obtain full and fair financial recoveries for their car accident injuries.

Reach out to us to speak with one of our attorneys during a free initial consultation. You can message us through our website, or you can call us today at 215-274-0173 for your free case review.

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