Facial Injuries From Auto Accidents
A study done by the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, looking at data from 1993-2005 provided by a government organization, shows that 167,391 auto accident occupants sustained at least one facial fracture, 55,150 had fractures of the skull base or frontal sinus, and 196,855 resulted in nasal fractures.
Of course, with the many innovations in recent automobile designs, these types of injuries are becoming less common. While SUVs have been proven to offer the least protection to occupants in the case of an auto accident.
If you or a loved one is a facial injury victim as a result of an auto accident, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses and damages including; medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost wages.
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Causes of Facial Injuries
In most cases, facial injuries will occur as a result of an object inside the car striking the face with a strong amount of force. As seat belts, air bags, and other innovative designs help to cushion the impact, a lot of times these features are not enough. Especially for those 15 percent of the drivers who do not wear seatbelts.
Some common causes of facial injuries include:
- Steering wheel
- Air bag
- Door pillar
- Broken glass
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, an individual could be injured by multiple features inside the vehicle. There are even cases where passengers traveling in the back seat strike each other during an accident, also causing injuries.
Common Types of Facial Injuries
Facial injuries are considered one of the most common injuries sustained during an auto accident, while over 50 percent of people involved in an accident are affected. Typically, the type of collision and the speed of impact will determine the severity of the facial injury.
A few common types of facial injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken glass
- Avulsed teeth
- Skull fractures
- Nerve damage
Often, facial injury victims may not realize that they have been injured until either someone else notices or they have been examined by a medical professional. This is because a huge rush of adrenalin occurs during an auto accident as a result of your body's natural fight or flight response to a stimulus.
Facial Injury Symptoms
Generally, facial injuries sustained during an accident will consist of injuries to a superficial level; however it is possible for life threatening facial injuries to occur. These injuries are not superficial, so they cannot be seen by the human eye and are only revealed by an MRI or x-ray.
A few common symptoms include:
- Misshapen face
- Swollen face
- Facial pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty talking
- Bloody nose
- Bent or flattened nose
If any of these symptoms appear following an auto accident, or in any case, the victim should receive immediate treatment from a medical professional to prevent further problems from occurring.
Facial Injury Treatment
Facial injury treatment should happen immediately following the accident, unless the victim is not stable and is suffering from fractures or a life threatening injury. With the correct professional treatment, most facial injury victims will recover from their injury, however, some may not always appear the same as they did prior to the injury.
Immediate treatment options can consists of the following:
- Control bleeding
- Apply ice to reduce swelling
- Clear passageways to help breathing
- Apply antibiotics
These techniques are great to use if there is no medical professionals around and an individual requires immediate attention. However, in extreme cases of facial injuries, a tracheotomy or endotracheal tube may be inserted to allow the injured victim to breathe properly.
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