Serious car accidents put drivers and passengers at risk of severe, even disfiguring facial injuries. The impact of a car crash can cause broken glass or torn metal to fly into a person’s face. Facial injuries are not only physically painful; they can be emotionally traumatic and adversely affect a person’s self-esteem. If you or your loved one has suffered a serious facial injury in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami injury attorney.
A facial injury, also known as a “maxillofacial trauma,” is any type of physical trauma that affects the facial area. Common causes of facial injuries include airbags, broken glass, steering wheels, dashboards, windshields, debris, and more. Examples of facial injuries that can result from car accidents include fractures, lacerations, eye injuries, burn injuries, and soft tissue injuries.
If someone else’s negligence caused your car accident and resulting facial injury, you can file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. In the context of a car accident, negligence takes place when a person causes an injury or death to another person by failing to exercise reasonable care while driving. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent or sensible driver would act in the same or a similar situation. In order to win on a Florida negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish the following elements: i) the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to use reasonable care; ii) the defendant failed to use reasonable care; iii) the defendant’s failure to use reasonable care was a direct and proximate cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting facial injury; and iv) there were actual damages that can be compensated.
Of course, the psychological and emotional impact of a facial injury must be considered. Disfiguring facial injuries can be particularly devastating, due to the crushing effect they may have on a person’s social life, body image, and ability to do day-to-day things normally. In fact, one study recently notes that patients who suffer from facial injuries were more likely to report symptoms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, social withdrawal, and isolation.
In addition, facial injuries often require expensive plastic surgery, prosthetics, or rehabilitative therapy for physical healing. The pain associated with these injuries can also be tremendous. At our firm, we understand the stakes are high for you, which is why we will aggressively fight to seek the monetary damages you need to deal with the costs of facial injuries. Damages may include medical bills, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, lost income, disfigurement, counseling, and any other losses related to the injury.
If you or someone close to you has suffered an injury to the face in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami car accident attorneys are committed to getting our clients the compensation they deserve for their harm. We understand you have a lot to handle, which is why we will try to make the legal process as seamless as possible for you. We proudly take on clients from across South Florida. For a free initial consultation, do not delay in calling us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contacting us online today.
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