Head and Face Injuries If you are involved in a traumatic accident, many parts of your body may potentially be injured. While any type of injury can have lasting effects and can require extensive treatment, injuries to the head and face can be particularly difficult to deal with. These injuries can affect your ability to speak, eat, drink, see, hear, or function properly. They can be painful, difficult to treat, and leave you with lifelong impairments or disfigurement.In many situations, an injury to your head or face may be caused by another negligent party. If another party’s negligence or a wrongful act caused your accident and injuries, the law gives you the right to seek compensation from that party through either an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. In either case, it is critical to seek help from a lawyer who has the experience and skill needed to handle your particular type of case.At the law office of Abels & Annes in Chicago, we represent clients who have sustained life-changing injuries and incurred overwhelming losses. Please contact us to discuss how we may help you.
Serious Injuries to the Face or Head
Any type of injury to the top portion of your body can be serious and require emergency medical care and ongoing treatment. The following are some examples of accidental head and face injuries that can significantly affect your life:
Fractured and Broken Bones
Your face and head have many different bones that can be fractured or completely broken. Such injuries can cause pain, changes to your appearance, and numerous complications. Some of these types of fractures include:
Skull – Your skull can crack or become depressed when subjected to direct trauma. While a skull fracture may cause deformities, parts of the bone can also penetrate your brain tissue and cause serious damage.
Cheekbones – Your cheekbones are delicate bones that can easily fracture under pressure or trauma. Some cheekbone fractures require one or more surgeries to repair.
Nose – While a broken nose is a relatively common injury, it should never be taken lightly. Timely treatment is important to set your nose properly and to avoid possible breathing complications or the need for surgery.
Jaw – A broken jaw has one of the most difficult recovery periods of facial fractures, as your jaw will likely need to be stabilized in the shut position for weeks, making it very difficult to speak and forcing you to be on a liquid diet.All facial and skull fractures can be painful and change your appearance significantly, especially if they are not properly diagnosed and treated right away.
Your teeth are an essential part of your face—both for the purposes of eating and the way you look. Having damaged teeth can significantly impact your life by causing constant pain and causing you to have a damaged smile. Dental repair can be extremely costly and some dental injury victims require veneers or implants to replace teeth that are not repairable.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Anytime your head hits anything or is jostled around sharply, your brain can hit the inside of your skull and become injured. The effects of a traumatic brain injury will depend on which part of the brain was affected and the severity of the damage. Some effects of this type of injury include:
- Difficulty processing information
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Slurred speech
- Behavioral and emotional control issues
- Memory loss
- Decreased coordination and balance
Some brain injury victims can recover with rehabilitative therapy and the passage of time, while others will suffer permanent impairments.
Vision is the most-used sense that we have and any disruption or loss of vision can completely change your life. Eye injuries can be extraordinarily painful and prohibit you from working or taking care of yourself. Permanent eye injuries can leave you disabled and change nearly every practical aspect of your daily life.
Scarring and Emotional Injuries
One of the biggest issues with facial or head injuries is that such injuries can leave obvious scars or disfigurement on the most-recognized part of your body. Having scarring on your face can cause emotional issues such as loss of self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and more. Some people with significant scars on their face may require treatment to return to regular work or socialization. It is important to consider the emotional effects of a face or head injury as well as the physical effects.
Common Causes of Head and Face Injuries
Face and head injuries can occur in many types of incidents that are often the fault of another person or party. When another party acts in a negligent or wrongful manner and causes you injury, that party should be held accountable for their actions. Injury victims have the legal right to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost earnings, and other losses incurred as a result of the injury. Some incidents that can lead to legal claims involving face or head injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Accidents caused by dangerous products
- Construction accidents
- Playground accidents
- Violent assaults
Following a serious injury, it is always wise to consult with a personal injury lawyer who will evaluate what happened and advise you of your rights. An attorney can then handle any insurance or legal claims to seek the compensation you deserve.
Call for a Free Consultation with a Chicago Personal Injury AttorneyThe losses incurred by accident victims with face or head injuries can be extensive. It can be difficult to focus on your physical recovery while taking the appropriate legal action. However, you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim depending on the circumstances of your accident. Do not miss out on the chance to seek the compensation you deserve and do not hesitate to call the law firm of Abels & Annes in Chicago. Contact us online or at 312-924-7575 for more information today.