Injuries to the face are both physically and psychologically traumatic. The eyes, jawbone, and teeth are essential to our ability to see, eat, and communicate. The face is important to our body image and for expressing our personality. An injury to the face makes it difficult to interact with people and can have a detrimental effect on job performance especially in jobs that require interaction with the public. When facial injuries result in permanent scars and disfigurement, the psychological scars and career damage can last a lifetime.
Unfortunately, injuries to the face are a frequent occurrence in car accidents. Some of the more common of these are listed below:
Eye injuries can vary in severity from a black eye to complete blindness. Some more specific types of injury are:
- Corneal abrasion. The cornea is a transparent, protective layer of the eye. Debris such as flying glass can abrade or scratch this layer.
- Retinal detachment. The retina contains cells that turn light into nerve signals. When the retina detaches, it separates from the support tissue beneath it.
- Hyphema. This condition occurs when blood enters the fluid filled space (anterior chamber) behind the cornea.
- Other injuries. These include black eye, eyelid lacerations, and chemical burns from airbags.
Broken Or Dislocated Jaw
A broken jaw occurs when the mandible bone is fractured. Dislocation means the mandible is moved out of place or separated from its joint.
This happens when a bone in the nose is fractured. The bone that forms the bridge of the nose is most commonly broken.
Airbags inflate with an explosive force and are filled with hot gasses. As a result, the face can suffer heat burns as well as burns from friction. Chemical burns may also occur during the airbag’s deployment.
Cuts to the face are a frequent consequence of car accidents. They result from contact with debris, flying glass, or with the steering wheel and dashboard.
Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue connect, surround, or support the structures of the face. They include tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles.
These include broken, chipped, and missing teeth.
Recovery from facial injuries can be a long, painful, and expensive process. If you are suffering from facial injuries or disfigurement as the result of a car accident caused by another driver, Chattanooga car accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.