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7 Common Facial Injuries Cause by St. Louis Auto Accidents

By Christopher Hoffmann  Dec. 30, 2019 9:04a

7 Common Facial Injuries Cause by St. Louis Auto Accidents

Facial injuries are some of the worst kinds of injuries that can occur as a result of a car accident. Though many of them may not be life-threatening, they are still very life altering and serious.

Facial injuries can shatter a person's self-esteem, especially if the injuries lead to permanent damage. Over time, some people may even develop mental health issues as a result, or other physical complications if the injuries are severe.

What Kind of Injuries Can Occur?

Some of the most common types of facial injuries include:

1. Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue refers to the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and even fat. When the facial soft tissue is wounded during the car accident, they can often lead to swelling or even infections if they are not treated properly. Any flow to the face can result in soft tissue damage.

2. Broken Nose

If your airbag deploys as a result of the car accident, there is a rather high chance the impact will result in a nose fracture. Even if this is not the case, a violent crash could jolt your head forward, in which case your nose can hit against the wheel or dashboard.

3. Orbital Fractures

If the impact is even greater, it's not just your nose that may be broken. Big impacts can lead to your orbital bones being fractures as well, which are the delicate bones around your eyes. These fractures are especially concerning because bone fragments could potentially penetrate the eyes as well, and lead to sight issues.

4. Dislocated Jaw

If the car accident results in something pushing against your jaw, the strength with which this happens can take the jaw bones out of their place, which is known as a dislocated jaw. Even the airbag can cause this effect if your head was turned to the side the moment it deployed.

5. Contusions

Contusions are bruises caused by a direct blow to a certain area. Contusions usually don't pose a big threat, unless the muscles and tissues underneath were damaged, in which case the contusion most likely signals internal bleeding.

6. Burns

If the car catches on fire, your face could potentially be damaged as your hair can easily catch the flames. Burns are extremely painful, and take a long time to heal. What's worse, they almost always result in permanent scarring.

7. Disfigurement

Though not an injury per se, permanent disfigurement can lead to self-esteem and mental health damage, which can be just as devastating as physical injuries. Surgery may be used to lower the level of disfigurement, but it very much depends on the severity.

Do You Need an Experienced Lawyer?

Has a car accident caused you facial injuries, and other pain and suffering? Get in touch with a St. Louis car accident lawyer to help you file an injury claim and get properly compensated.

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