There are many different injuries a victim can suffer in a car accident. One of the most common injury victims sustain are facial injuries. In one study conducted by the Medical College of Pennsylvania, collected data revealed that more than half of all car accident victims receive some type of facial injury.
Researchers of the study examined 461 patient records and found that 51 percent of those patients had been diagnosed with a facial injury. There were many types of facial injuries cited in the records, but the most common injuries included the following:
- Eye injuries: Our eyes are one of the most vulnerable and sensitive parts of the facial structure. If a victim sustains an injury to the eyes in a crash, they may suffer partial or total loss of vision. This can lead to permanent disability.
- Facial burns: Victims who suffer facial burns are often left with years of invasive and painful treatments and procedures. They are also at high risk of infections. Treatments often result in high medical expenses and lost time from work. Victims can also suffer from low self-image and a decrease in their quality of life.
- Facial deformity: A victim can be left with a facial deformity in a crash. This can occur either by itself or along with other injuries, such as fractured bones. These deformities can cause long-term pain, such as chronic headaches. They can also change the victim’s appearance, which can cause mental and emotional injuries, such as loss of self-esteem and depression.
- Facial scarring: Although scarring is typically less severe than facial deformities, they can still leave the victim with a life-long reminder of the trauma of the crash. Facial scarring can also leave emotional issues, impacting the victim’s quality of life and their self-image.
- Fractures: Our faces are made up of 14 different bones, leaving them very susceptible to fractures. Breaks in the facial bones can cause damage to the brain, mouth, sinus cavities, tongue, and teeth.
When a victim has suffered serious facial injuries, it is important to have a dedicated Virginia personal injury attorney advocating for you. Victims should be focused on their recovery, not on the time, energy, and stress that goes along with legal actions. The legal process for a car accident lawsuit can also be complex, with certain deadlines and filing requirements that need to be met. Your Virginia car accident attorney can handle all these issues and ensure that you get the financial compensation you are entitled to for the losses your injuries have caused you to suffer.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a facial injury or other catastrophic injury as a result of another party’s negligent or reckless actions, contact a Virginia car accident attorney from Shapiro & Appleton. Our firm has aggressively advocated for victims and their families for more than three decades and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
It is critical to remember that Virginia has placed a statute of limitation for how long victims have to file a claim for damages against those responsible for their injuries, so do not delay. Failure to file before that legal deadline could mean you lose any chance of ever filing your claim or getting justice against the person responsible for your or your loved one’s injuries.
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After graduating cum laude from law school at the University of Richmond, Seth practiced personal injury law out of Roanoke, Virginia and in Hampton, Virginia before joining Shapiro & Appleton where he represents personal injury clients in both state and federal courts. In 2016, he was named as a Virginia “Rising Star” lawyer by Super Lawyer’s magazine, an honor bestowed upon only 2.5% of attorneys in the state.