Did you know that over three million injuries to the face and jaw occur in the U.S. annually? These injuries are generally caused from falls, violent crimes, personal assaults, abuse, sports-related accidents and automobile accidents. While falls, crimes and personal assaults account for the most facial injuries in this nation, about 29 percent of facial injuries occur in motor vehicle accidents. This means that if you drive or ride in a vehicle, you are at risk of severe injury to your face and jaw in the event of a crash.

Types of motor vehicle accidents that can cause facial injuries include:

  • Head-on crashes
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Rollover crashes
  • Side-impact accidents
  • Auto accidents
  • Semi-truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Cycling crashes
  • Moped accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • And more

If you have been involved in any of the above accidents, you may have sustained a facial injury. In the moments after a crash, how can you tell if you or someone in your vehicle suffered facial trauma?

Symptoms of facial injuries can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unable to use the jaw normally
  • Black eyes
  • Double vision
  • Numbness in the eye area
  • Loss of vision
  • Blockage of airway/difficulty breathing normally
  • Lost consciousness
  • Problems with coordination and balance
  • Fluid is leaking from the nose or ears
  • Penetrating injuries are visible

If you or a passenger in your car has any of these symptoms after a South Florida auto accident, you need to seek medical attention immediately and contact a lawyer. Head injuries can be serious and may change a victim’s life forever. To find out how an experienced Fort Lauderdale accident attorney can help victims of car accidents receive compensation for their injuries, call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to find out at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation today.