People often put their arms and hands over their faces during an animal attack because no one ever wants any trauma to come to their face. However, motorists often do not have the luxury of covering their faces in the event of a crash. This is because a wreck can happen within a second, without their knowledge, and with no warning. While airbags offer some protection, they don’t deploy in every Fort Lauderdale car accident. When heads are left unprotected—as they often are in motor vehicles—drivers and passengers can suffer facial trauma in the event of a wreck.

What constitutes as facial trauma?

Facial trauma is considered any injury to the face or upper jaw bone (maxilla) from blunt or penetrating trauma. Such injuries could include:

  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Bruises
  • Road burn
  • Broken nose
  • Cheek injury
  • Fractured facial bones
  • Forehead injury
  • Eye injury
  • Lower jaw injury
  • Upper jaw injury
  • TMJ
  • Broken teeth or other dental injuries
  • Chin injury
  • Head trauma
  • Skull fracture
  • Traumatic brain injury

Facial trauma is also referred to as facial injury, mid face trauma, and maxillofacial injury, which refers to forceful injuries to the face, jaw, or any of the bony or fleshy structures. Basically, any injury to any part of the face could be considered facial trauma. If teeth are even loosened, a jaw is dislocated, or a nose is fractured, it is considered facial trauma. In fact, a fractured nose or jaw can cause an injured victim difficulty breathing and eating.

When any facial trauma occurs, it can be severe enough to cause a concussion, serious brain injury, or prevent the passage of air. Facial injuries are not minimal injuries that can be ignored. When a head is hit, internal injuries can occur that aren’t detected right away. For this reason, it is critical that anyone who suffers facial injuries of any type see a doctor and let a medical professional know that they were in a car accident.

Research indicates that about half of those with facial injuries have suffered injuries to other organs or parts of their bodies. Injuries to the face require immediate attention, especially because the face involves critical functions such as seeing, tasting, hearing, and smelling.

Whether you suffered minor facial trauma or your appearance is permanently affected due to another driver’s negligence, you deserve the best legal representation. An experienced South Florida auto accident attorney can help you get the financial compensation you deserve while you are healing from your injuries. Compensation could include reimbursement for medical expenses, future medical care, lost income, future lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

The Law Offices of David Benenfeld can help you financially recovery. Call a skilled Broward County personal injury lawyer today to find out about your legal rights at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] and receive a free consultation.