Car accidents can leave California residents reeling with serious injuries. When we think of serious injuries in an accident, we often focus on brain injuries or paralysis, but there are other injuries that can have a significant impact upon a person’s life. In many accidents, individuals can suffer facial injuries, which can result in substantial complications depending upon severity. Let’s take a closer look at some of the injuries that may result from accidents throughout the state.
Soft tissue injuries
These injuries commonly occur when the impact of an accident causes glass from windows or other debris to fly and make contact with the face. These injuries can cause pain, swelling and infection if not addressed in a timely manner. Airbags can also cause soft tissue injuries, due to debris in the accident being present at the time of deployment.
When a person hits their face against the dashboard, steering wheel, airbag or window in an accident, it can result in facial fractures. Parts of the face commonly affected include the nose, cheekbones, forehead, jaw or orbital bone. A fracture is a very serious injury, and those who suffer these injuries need to talk to a medical professional as soon as possible to determine the extent of the problems.
Bruising and hemorrhages
Sometimes, a person involved in a car accident can experience bruising or internal bleeding in the upper facial region. These injuries are sustained from making contact with the steering wheel, airbag, dashboard or window and can go hand-in-hand with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Hemorrhages and TBIs require immediate medical intervention and treatment. Bruises can be indicators that there is internal bleeding present, and you should check with your doctor if you experience any type of head injury after a crash.
A car accident that leaves you with facial injuries could change your life. Never ignore your symptoms; seeking medical attention after a crash can make a difference in your ability to recover compensation on your claim.