Suffered a facial injury? Don’t know how to make a compensation claim?
Facial injuries are one of the most distressing and complicated types of injury that can be sustained following an accident or incident. This is not only because the face is one of the most visual parts of our identity, but also because more importantly the face is where our senses of sight, sound and taste are centred.
Facial injuries can be more than just skin deep. For many victims of a facial injury, the emotional and psychological effects of an injury can be far deeper and may take years to come to terms with and overcome. If the injury was the fault of someone else, the victim should be speaking with a compensation solicitor in Altrincham to discuss claiming.
What is a facial injury?
A facial injury is the term given to any trauma to the facial area such as the nose, chin, cheek, forehead, lower jaw and upper jaw. Facial injury may be the result of:
- burns and scolds
- penetration by a blunt instrument
- acid attack
- slip, trip or fall
- road traffic accident
- riding accident
- skiing accident
- sports related accident
- medical negligence
What are the symptoms of facial injury?
Facial injury symptoms obviously depend upon on the cause of the accident or incident and may include:
- severe pain
- lacerations and profuse bleeding
- broken, fractured or dislocated bones such as the jaw or nose
- swelling and abnormal features
- loose teeth or missing teeth
- inability to open the mouth or speak
- loss of breathing through the nose
- poor vision or poor hearing
Treating a facial injury
Facial injuries should always be investigated by a medical practitioner to rule out internal damage and further injuries. Diagnostic equipment such as x rays, CT and MRI scans may be required to establish the extent and exact location of any injuries.
Initially treatment is required to:
- maintain the airway
- control the bleeding
- treat any broken or fractured facial bones
- restore function
- reduce the risk of infection developing
How are facial injuries repaired?
If bones are broken, then they are usually repaired using titanium plates, screws and wires, to secure them firmly in place and reduce the risk of scarring or the need for additional surgery.
It may take a few weeks for the swelling and associated pain to subside and for the bruising to fade.
Claiming for a facial injury with a compensation solicitor in Altrincham
Facial injuries require specialist treatment which may require a long period off work to recover from. Many patients require follow up appointments and they may even need additional surgery to rebuild their facial features and to reduce the scarring caused by acid attack or burns.
To find out quickly, if you are eligible to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation, call the friendly telephone advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 9933 on a mobile . Their telephone helpline is open to take your call and provide the no-obligation advice that you require. Their compensation solicitor in Altrincham will ensure that your claim is processed on your behalf on a no-win, no-fee basis. Call today.
Date Published: 18th March 2014
Author: David Brown