Motor vehicle accidents often cause tragic and unexpected injuries. Facial scarring and disfigurement are two of the outcomes of large truck accidents, car crashes, and motorcycle accidents. Victims who suffer facial disfigurement and scarring because of a traffic accident often suffer extensive medical treatment that may include painful reconstructive surgeries.
For some accident victims, medical treatments and surgeries are unable to correct the injury, and they are left with an altered appearance. In addition to the great physical pain and financial hardship caused by facial scarring and disfigurement, the victim can also suffer great mental anguish and emotional suffering.
While no amount of money can undo the tragic results of some traffic accidents, hiring a New Orleans accident attorney to file a claim can provide some compensation to help with the expenses and compensate the victim for their emotional trauma and physical pain.
Common Types of Injuries That Can Result in Facial Scarring and Disfigurement
Many accident victims suffer some type of facial trauma because of the crash. The type of injury and the severity of the injury determine if the trauma will result in disfigurement or scarring. Flying debris and impacts with hard objects are just two of the ways auto accidents cause scarring and disfigurement.
Common injuries that can result in this type of permanent damage include:
- Burns — Severe burns are common in car accidents. Burns on the face can sometimes be treated using skin grafting; however, the person is often left with significant scarring and discoloration.
- Lacerations — Lacerations are extremely common in a collision. Deep cuts on the face and neck may require stitches or other medical intervention. This treatment can leave large scars that may be very noticeable. Plastic surgery may help, but it often does not completely get rid of the scarring caused by lacerations.
- Fractures — The face has 14 bones, any of which can be fractured during the impact of a crash. While most broken bones heal with medical treatment, the accident victim may be disfigured because of the fractures.
- Soft Tissue Damage — Many people do not think about soft tissue damage resulting in scarring and disfigurement. However, damage to the ligaments, muscles, tendons, or cartilage can result in disfigurement. If surgery is required, scarring can also result.
Other injuries can result in scarring and disfigurement in a traffic accident. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible with a specialist who has experience treating facial injuries from a traffic accident. It is also important to seek the advice and counsel of a New Orleans accident attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, scarring, disfigurement, pain, and suffering.
Call Today to Speak with a New Orleans Accident Attorney
If you want to talk to a NoLA accident attorney about filing an accident claim, contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a New Orleans accident attorney. Because we accept most cases on a contingency fee basis and our consultations are free, it does not cost you anything to learn about how we can help you fight for full compensation for your facial scarring and disfigurement.