Communication between humans is about much more than the spoken word. Our facial expressions say a lot about what we are thinking and trying to say.
Unfortunately, facial injuries are relatively common after a vehicular collision. Outlined below are some of the more notable examples.
The nose is the most protruding part of the face, so it is often the first point of contact in a crash. If your head hits the windshield or interior of the car, your nose will probably take the brunt of the force. If it fractures, then it’s likely that you will be in a lot of pain and discomfort. You may even need reconstructive surgery to repair the damage. There is also a potential for your breathing to be affected.
As well as the nose, your mouth, jaw and teeth may be damaged during a collision. A fractured jaw could leave you in pain for several months, as well as being unable to eat and talk as usual. Damaged teeth can be tricky to repair. On top of the discomfort, your medical bills could pile up substantially.
During a collision, it’s likely that there will be debris flying through the air. Small shards of glass, plastic and metal all have the potential to cause lacerations to your skin and soft tissue. If the cut is deep enough, then you could suffer from permanent scarring. It can take people with this type of injury several years to begin to feel confident again.
If a negligent road user has caused you to suffer injuries, then you may be able to hold them to account. To find out how to do this, it’s in your best interests to seek some legal guidance.