Facial Trauma in an Auto Accident
Facial trauma in an auto accident, also known as maxillofacial trauma, are some of the most common injuries reported after a car accident in the United States. Studies by the United States Dept. of Transport have shown that more than half of those involved in a collision will face a facial trauma. The severity of facial injuries sustained by victims depends on the circumstances of the collision. Facial injuries range from temporary ones that heal quickly, to heavier ones that leave permanent scars or disfigurements.
Compensation for Facial Trauma in an Auto Accident
If you or your family members have suffered facial or jaw injuries in a car accident, have your claim reviewed by a specialist car accident lawyer before agreeing to a settlement. Payouts for facial trauma in an Auto Accident usually range from $7,500 for a broken tooth up to a higher end of $800,000 and beyond for significant facial impact.
Compensation For TMJ Syndrome
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a pain in the jaw joint that can be caused by a variety of medical problems. The TMJ connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) in front of the ear. Certain facial muscles that control chewing are also attached to the lower jaw and TMJ syndrome is a condition victims will have to suffer with for the rest of their lives. TMJ Syndrome victims are usually entitled to significant compensation due to the chronic lifetime nature of the condition.
Scars Caused by Auto Accidents
Most of the victims of relatively serious or high speed car accidents will have scars or disfigured appearances for the rest of their lives. Some facial injuries are actually a combination of multiple painful fractures and intracranial hemorrhage, leaving lifetime changes.
What is Auto Accident Facial Trauma
Auto accident facial trauma may include soft tissue injuries such as burns, cuts and bruises, or fractures of the facial bones such as nose and jaw fractures, as well as trauma such as eye injuries. Depending on the type of facial injury, the treatment may include the joining and suturing of open wounds, the administration of ice, antibiotics and analgesics, bone retraction, and surgery. Treatment may also be required for other injuries, such as traumatic brain injury and PTSD which are often associated with severe facial trauma.
Treatment for Facial Trauma in an Auto Accident
The treatment of facial injuries depends on the type and extent of the injury suffered. When bones are broken on the face, the treatment can involve extensive surgery and a long recovery period. A plastic surgeon is almost always needed to treat facial injuries and minimize scars. Patients with severe facial injuries may show permanent scars and malformations despite the best possible treatment. Our Auto Accident Attorney Network includes specialist facial trauma lawyers who will work with you to secure the maximum payout achievable in your circumstances.
Compensation for Co-Occurring Trauma after Facial Disfigurement
People who have a facial trauma may have additional issues that need to be addressed, such as head injuries, blurred vision, and dental problems. If a facial trauma has led to malformations and permanent disabilities, it can also cause emotional problems. Fortunately, advances in plastic surgery have improved outcomes for people with traumatic facial injuries.
A traumatic brain injury can occur when the head is hit by a foreign object, suddenly pushed or penetrated, similar to a car accident. After an impact or a head injury, a person may have a variety of symptoms. When a person with a suspected head injury is taken to the emergency room, doctors will learn as much as possible about their symptoms and how the injury has occurred. An experience Auto Accident Attorney will work closely with Doctors and Medical staff to ensure you receive the best care available while ensuring each issue is properly documented, with the correct level of compensation pursued.
Who Decides the Payout for Facial Trauma
The value of your personal injury will ultimately be decided by a jury. Car accidents are common causes of facial injuries such as cuts, broken noses, broken jaws, broken teeth, eye injuries and fractured skulls. The United States Court system is well used to facial trauma claims.
Average Payout for Auto Accident Facial Trauma
• Eye injury: up to $650,000
• Nose injury: up to $85,000
• Facial disfigurement and scarring: $10,000 – $800,000 +
• Facial fractures: up to $85,000
• LeFort Fracture: up to $250,000
• Fractured cheekbone: up to $20,000
• Serious cheekbone fracture: up to $45,000
• Mouth injury: up to $85,000
• Fractured jaw: up to $25,000
• Serious jaw fracture: up to $100,000
Types of Motor Vehicle Accident Facial Injuries
The majority of facial injuries and trauma are actually a combination of cuts and deep skin abrasions, combined with fractures and intracranial hemorrhages. Some facial injuries trigger more serious issues that can be fatal if not properly diagnosed treated. Those responsible for causing your facial injuries must be held financially accountable and our Auto Accident Attorney Network will help you achieve justice.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Most soft tissue injuries are better known as
• Deep bleeding wounds
• Cuts needing stitches
• Black eyes
• Facial swelling
Facial fractures are broken bones anywhere on the face and include (but are not limited to):
• cracked nose
• broken cheekbone
• smashed forehead
• broken jaw.
• problems with eyesight
• restricted jaw movement
Contusions (and Intracranial Hemorrhage)
A contusion is a painful bruise caused by a blunt impact that crushes underlying muscle without breaking the skin. Contusions can prove fatal as a hemorrhage can quickly follow and cause non reversible brain damage.