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Facial Scarring in Car Accidents

By Christopher Hoffmann  May. 30, 2014 1:42p

Car accidents can cause various types of injuries, some of which can leave a permanent scar. Quite often, people suffer lacerations and cuts on their face in a car accident. This happens mostly when the victims strike their head or face on the steering wheel or another interior part of the vehicle such as the car door, front seat, back seat, dashboard, or a window. In some cases the impact of the airbags was so enormous that it leads to facial injuries.

Another common cause of facial injuries is flying shards of glass from broken windows. Because such injuries are so visible, the victim may be affected physically and emotionally. Victims can claim compensation for the facial injuries sustained in a car accident. In this post, we will discuss facial scarring and how one can obtain a compensation for this type of injury.

Facial Injuries: Documentation and Treatment

Victims should take photographs of any visible injuries suffered in a car accident. Doing so is extremely important if you have suffered cuts, facial scars, or bruises. These photographs act as an evidence of the crash, and trauma caused to the face. Continue taking pictures of your injury to document the progress of healing and the appearance of a scar.

To understand the actual extent and nature of scar, and to decide whether it is permanent of treatable, consultation with a plastic surgeon may be helpful.

Compensation for Facial Injuries or Scarring

Victims of facial injuries or scarring can recover damages for the permanency of their injury, medical expenses-both past and future, and pain and suffering. The compensation usually depends on the seriousness of the facial injuries. While some minor injuries can heal over time, there are others that leave a permanent scar, potenially impacting someone emotionally for the rest of their life.

Even more devestating are facial injuries that diminish the use of essential organs such as mouth, eyes or nose. Some facial injuries may require surgical correction and extensive treatment.

Unlike the cases of orthopaedic injuries, getting compensated for pain and suffering may not be simple in case of facial injuries. It often takes an experienced and highly competentcar accident attorney to prove the mental and psychological impact of the injuries, and get a fair compensation.

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