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Car accidents: What type of facial injuries can occur?

Some of the most common injuries that paramedics find at the scene of a car accident are those to the face. Unfortunately, when drivers in California are involved in an accident, they are likely to receive injuries to the face because this part of the body is so exposed. Things such as glass, dashboard material, the steering wheel and even the airbag can lead to a serious facial injury.

Fractured facial injuries

In the event that the motor vehicle accident resulted in a sudden and hard impact, facial fractures may appear. In many cases, people will report having a sudden swelling of the face and inability to see properly. Unfortunately, this will often lead to permanent injuries. The following includes some of the types of fractured facial injuries you may receive after an accident:

  • Cracked or broken nose
  • Broken orbit
  • Damaged forehead
  • Broken upper or lower jaw

Soft tissue facial injuries

If the car accident you were involved in wasn’t too severe but enough to break glass, you may have received what is called a soft tissue facial injury. This is usually caused by flying debris within the car at the moment of impact. Glass, hard plastic and metal may not break any bones but would severely damage a driver’s skin.

Contusion injuries

Just because a driver isn’t bleeding does not mean they haven’t received some type of facial injury. Contusions occur when the impact is so strong and sudden that the muscles underneath the person’s face are cracked and crushed. This is an extremely severe injury as hemorrhage can quickly occur, thus causing permanent brain damage.

Understandably, drivers involved in this type of accident may not be capable of looking around the scene. Thus, if you have been injured this way in an accident, it is important to obtain an experienced attorney’s services to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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