Facial nerve injuries may not be incredibly common, but if you have suffered trauma to your head or face then you may be unlucky enough to sustain damage to facial nerves. These types of injuries can be incredibly distressing, as they can cause facial paralysis that is either temporary or permanent. If you’ve suffered a life-changing facial nerve injury as a result of an accident at work, a road traffic accident or an accident in a public place and you feel that somebody else was to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
What are the symptoms of a facial nerve injury?
A facial nerve injury is often caused by a blow to the head or face. This type of injury is particularly common after a fracture to the temporal bone of the skull or an injury to the labyrinth, which can also cause hearing loss. Serious lacerations to the face could also result in injuries to the facial nerves. When you consider that these nerves are responsible for all the movement in your face, it’s easy to see how this type of injury could be very serious indeed. Individuals who have suffered a serious facial nerve injury could suffer from the inability to convey expressions, difficulties speaking clearly and problems with eating or drinking.
There can also be difficulties with closing the eyes and blinking, which can lead to long-term damage to the cornea and issues with vision. These injuries could be temporary or permanent, and surgery is sometimes possible to repair damaged facial nerves.
How much compensation will you get for a facial nerve injury?
We handle all claims on an individual basis, so it’s difficult to say how much compensation you will receive for your facial nerve injury. However, we take into account how your injuries have impacted your life. So if you are unable to return to work after your accident, we’ll take this into account and consider any loss of earnings you have suffered. It may be that you have suffered permanent facial paralysis, which has affected your quality of life – for example you may be unable to eat or drink without assistance, or even speak clearly. In more serious cases like this, you can expect to receive a more substantial personal injury settlement.
You could take the 30-second test on our website right now, for an idea of what you could claim. Then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen