The jaw is one of those parts of the body we really do take for granted. We use it every day – it moves to allow us to speak and to eat, and even to yawn. We never really think too much about it unless something happens that causes us to break or fracture it.
There are situations where people suffer an injury to their jaw that occurs through an accident of some description. For example you could suffer an injury if you experienced a fall, or if you were involved in an accident in a car, or something hit you while you were crossing the road. There are really all kinds of situations where you could conceivably end up with a fractured or broken jaw.
What about an accident at work?
Thankfully accidents in the workplace don’t occur that often. When they do they tend to be extremely minor. Think of a small cut for example, or a splinter, or a minor burn. It is very rare for someone to experience a serious injury such as a broken jaw in the workplace. However, the rarity of it does not mean it doesn’t happen at all.
If you experience an injury to your face that breaks or fractures the jaw, or otherwise dislocates it, you might experience pain and trouble putting your teeth together. You might also suffer bleeding and there is also the chance of infection.
What should you do?
The first course of action will always be to seek proper medical help. X-rays will confirm whether the jaw has been broken or fractured, or whether it has come out of alignment. Treatment may be provided according to the symptoms you have and how the injury occurred. It may take time for the injury to heal and you could have trouble eating and drinking during this time, as you will be limited in how you can move your jaw.
Once you have got the medical attention you will need, your next call should be to Accident Advice Helpline. This ensures you can get professional legal advice concerning jaw injury compensation as well, and in this case there is no obligation to take things any further. It might lead to a successful jaw injury compensation claim though, so call 0800 689 0500 now to see whether this could be the case for you this time.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead