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Recovery from Facial Injury - St. Louis Car Accident

By Christopher Hoffmann  Nov. 27, 2015 8:40a

Facial injuries are a tragic outcome for many St. Louis car accident victims.

Head injuries and facial injuries are common in car accidents. A driver may suffer a severe facial injury from impact with the steering wheel or airbag explosion. Head injuries may occur from a heavy blow to the head from a flying or moving object. Facial injuries can cause significant pain and require expense medical treatments, including facial reconstruction surgery. A victim then must learn to live with scarring that affects his or her appearance for the rest of their lives.

Facial Reconstruction Surgery

Deformities of the face can be repaired with facial reconstruction surgery. A surgeon may remove tissue, connect blood vessels to nerves, and insert bones taken from other parts of the body. In some cases, a doctor may use wire or screws to secure the bones to the face. If an area of the face is severely burnt or damaged, a surgeon may replace the damaged facial skin with new skin from other parts of the body.

Complications of Facial Reconstruction Surgery

However, facial reconstruction surgeries are not without the risk of side effects and complications. Common side effects include pain and inflammation in the throat and other parts of the face. If there is severe inflammation in the face leading to complete blockage of the esophagus, a breathing tube may be necessary. In addition to physical pain, a patient often needs to deal with the psychological consequences related to having to adjust with the outcome of the surgery.

Compensation for Facial Deformities

If your facial injury from a car accident causes facial deformities, you may be entitled to financial compensation. According to law, you need to prove two things to claim compensation. You need to prove that your injury or damage is a direct result of the accident and you need to prove that the other party was at fault for the accident. You are entitled to claim compensation for your financial losses, including:

  • medical bills
  • cost of surgery
  • out-of-pocket expenses
  • lost earnings
  • mental and emotional distress
  • pain and suffering

St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer

Proving that your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence is not an easy task. Seek advice from a St. Louis car accident lawyer from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We will gather the evidence needed to support your claim and help you recover the cost of your facial reconstruction surgery. Call us today at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.

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