Facial injuries suffered in a car accident may require plastic surgery, prosthetics, and rehabilitative therapy for physical healing. The emotional scarring from a facial injury may be lifelong despite lengthy psychological therapy.
Drivers and passengers who suffer facial injuries and scarring in car accidents caused by others may be able to demand compensation for their medical bills, pain, suffering, and monetary losses. At Sam & Ash Injury Law, our car accident attorneys have recovered more than $400 million in total compensation for our clients. We want to help you, too.
If you have suffered facial injuries and scarring from a car accident in Las Vegas, ask Sam & Ash how we can apply our decades of legal experience to build the strongest case possible to seek full compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free initial consultation about your case and how we will stand up to the insurance company to get What’s Right for you.
What Causes Facial Injuries in Car Accidents?
There are many ways a person in a car accident can suffer a disfiguring facial injury in the blink of an eye. Typical causes include:
- Striking an interior portion of the car, such as the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, headrest, or a side panel
- Being struck by an inflating airbag, which can inflate at a rate of 200 mph
- Being struck by broken glass, such as from the windshield, side windows, or mirrors
- Being struck by flying objects during the collision, such as unsecured cargo
- Being burned by fire, explosion, steam, hot liquids, or hot metal
Common Types of Facial Injuries in Car Accidents
There are several types of disfiguring facial injury, also called “maxillofacial trauma,” that may occur in a car accident. They include:
- Lacerations. Deep cuts to the face caused by broken glass or sheared metal can lead to scarring that requires cosmetic surgery to repair. Lacerations that damage nerves can cause facial paralysis as well as facial asymmetry, taste disorders, or problems with tear glands, or salivary glands.
- Fractures. Any of more than a dozen bones in the face may be broken from blows suffered in a car accident. This may include a broken lower jaw, broken nose, or fractures of the eye socket, cheekbone, or forehead.
- Eye injuries. A car occupant’s eyes may be injured by flying glass or other debris in a crash. Injury to the eye can result in vision loss or blindness, or loss of one or both eyes.
- Broken teeth. The complete displacement of a tooth from its socket in the alveolar bone due to trauma is known as dental avulsion. In some cases, avulsed permanent teeth that are recovered may be returned to the socket. But the treatment of avulsed teeth is very difficult and complications are common even years later.
- Burn injuries. Fire, explosion, contact with hot metal, steam escaping a burst radiator, or hot liquids may cause burns to the face of a person in a car accident. Serious facial burns usually require skin grafts and multiple rounds of cosmetic surgery. Burn injuries may leave an accident victim with permanent scars.
In addition to the physical injury, disfiguring facial trauma in a car accident can cause psychological damage that affects an individual’s body image, self-esteem, and general enjoyment of life. Individuals who have suffered facial trauma are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social withdrawal, and isolation.
Lasting facial scarring may limit the individual’s social life, including dating, marriage, and employment opportunities, particularly if they work in a public-facing role.
Compensation for a Facial Scar Injury in Las Vegas
Cosmetic surgery to address facial scars can be extremely expensive and create tens of thousands of dollars of medical debt. The goal of seeking compensation after a car accident is to make the injured person whole. That means restoring the injured person to the financial position they would have been in but for the accident.
Compensation available in a car accident claim in Nevada includes payments for:
- Past and future medical expenses, including the cost of anticipated treatment
- Lost wages and benefits, including losses due to reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering damages
- Exemplary and punitive damages if the act that caused the injury is particularly egregious
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
As your attorneys, we will investigate the accident to determine fault and document your losses to demand the maximum possible compensation for your claim.
As part of our investigation, we’ll evaluate:
- Police reports
- Accident photos and videos
- Driving records
- Medical records documenting your injuries
- Medical experts who can speak to the long-term impact of your injuries
- Your experience (what happened, your injuries, and how they’ve affected your life)
- Witness statements about the accident and your life afterward
We’ll conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence that fully supports your claim. Don’t let insurance companies bully you into accepting a quick settlement. Contact a knowledgeable Las Vegas car accident lawyer at Sam & Ash Injury Law to discuss how your injuries will affect your life and the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Las Vegas Injury Attorney Today
If you have suffered facial scarring due to a car crash in Las Vegas that was not your fault, you may be entitled to demand compensation for your injuries and losses. Reach out to Sam & Ash Injury Law to speak with experienced and compassionate car accident lawyers who want the best results possible for you.
At Sam & Ash Injury Law in Las Vegas, we have helped hundreds of car accident victims just like you recover the compensation for serious injuries. We are ready to fight for What’s Right. We are here to help you recover the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Contact us now for a free, confidential consultation to discuss how we can help you.