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Half of Auto Accident Victims Experience Facial Injuries

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Joliet car accident attorneysAuto accidents can result in several different types of injuries, but some injuries are more common than others. For example, a study from the Medical College of Pennsylvania found that over half of all auto accident victims experience some sort of facial injury. Learn more about the types of facial injuries that can occur in a car crash, including their potential prognosis, and discover what an experienced personal injury lawyer can do to help with your case.

Facial Injuries in Car Crashes

In their analysis of 461 patient records, researchers determined that facial injuries occurred in just a little more than half of all motor vehicle accidents (51 percent). The types of injuries varied, depending on the patient and situation, but the most commonly experienced included:

Breaks and fractures – With 14 different bones in the face, victims are at an especially high risk for facial fractures. Such injuries have the potential to cause damage to the brain, sinus cavities, tongue, and moth. Victims may also lose or break teeth in an accident.

Facial deformity – Deformities can occur separately from or in conjunction with other facial injuries, such as broken bones. They may change the victim's appearance, or they may cause long-term pain and suffering (i.e. headaches, diminished personal image, low self-esteem, etc.).

Facial scarring – Scars are typically less severe than facial deformities, but they still serve as a permanent reminder of a traumatizing experience. They may also negatively impact the victim's self-image or overall quality of life.

Eye injuries – The eyes are one of the most sensitive and vulnerable facial structures. If injured, the victim may experience a partial or total loss of vision. In some cases, the injury may be so severe that it leads to permanent disability.

Facial burns –Facial burns may be less common than other types of facial injuries, but they are no less severe. In fact, victims may undergo years of painful and invasive procedures. They also have an increased risk of infection, may miss time at work, and are likely to incur costly medical expenses. Self-esteem may also be an issue if the face is scarred or disfigured after treatment.

Understanding Your Options

Although victims do have the right to pursue compensation on their own, those with severe facial injuries may not have the time, energy, or capacity to effectively navigate the claims process. Furthermore, they may be at risk for a denied or reduced payout. Mitigate against such issues by ensuring you have an experienced legal representative on your side, right from the start.

If you or someone you love has suffered a facial injury in an auto accident, contact Tedone & Morton, P.C. for assistance. Dedicated to your best interests, our Joliet car crash lawyers will protect your rights and fight for the most compensation possible. Schedule a personalized consultation to get started. Call our offices at 815-666-1285 today.


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