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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How to make a claim for facial injuries


    Painful facial injuries can be hard to cope with for several reasons. They can make it hard for people to communicate and can also make people feel more self-conscious. They can also cause mental and emotional stress as this self-consciousness makes them more isolated and withdrawn. If you feel you have suffered due to a facial injury that wasn’t your fault then it is worth knowing how to make a claim for facial injuries.

    Different types 

    A facial injury can happen for various reasons. You may be playing sports, doing work in your home, get involved in an accident or a fight. There are various types, and the kind of treatment you need will depend on the one you have. Facial injuries can include:

    • Cuts and punctures. These will usually be on the inside of the mouth. This often occurs when the jaw is broken.
    • Bruising. Can occur when a blood vessel raptures.
    • Broken bones. One example would be a fractured cheekbone.
    • Dislocated jaw. This occurs when the lower jawbone (aka mandible) is dislodged from the joints connecting it to the skull.

    Depending on the severity of the injuries, they can be treated with first aid, medication and, in the more severe cases, surgery. Whether or not you will need treatment will also depend on your age, when the injury occurred and your overall health.

    It is also important to check that you do not have other problems such as eye, spinal or tooth injuries as this can sometimes be missed when someone suffers from a facial injury.

    Why you may be able to make a claim

    There are various reasons you may wish to seek a claim. Some examples are obvious such as when someone physically assaults you or if you are injured in a car crash that was caused by another driver.

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    One area where this gets complicated is medical negligence. There are two elements to the claim. The first is proving that a mistake was made. However, pointing out a mistake is not sufficient to get compensation. The other element that needs to be proven is that the injury was caused or made worse by the mistakes that a medical professional made.

    For example, if paramedics arrived at the scene and failed to properly treat the injury, therefore making it worse, then it would be possible to make a claim. However if a paramedic makes a mistake but they manage to get you to the hospital and you recover then it is unlikely that you would be able to make a claim.

    Why you should contact the Accident Advice Helpline

    What can seem simple initially can be quite complicated when it comes to getting compensation. This is why it helps to have someone representing you with the right experience. In the case of Accident Advice Helpline, this is over 13 years of experience.

    Our helpline is available 24 hours a day so there is always someone available to discuss your enquiry and give you the advice you need. Contact us today to find out more and decide if you wish to pursue your claim further.

    Date Published: October 18, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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