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Facial Injuries Are Common in Car Accidents

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A New Orleans car accident attorney reveals what you need to know

Car accidents happen frequently in New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana. It only takes one negligent driver to cause a crash that can leave people seriously hurt. Many accident victims suffer facial injuries. These types of injuries can have a significant physical, emotional and financial impact on people’s lives.

How common are facial injuries in car crashes? One study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reviewed the cases of 461 motor vehicle accident victims admitted to a regional trauma center over a 15-month period. Facial trauma was the most common injury, affecting just over half of them.

How do facial injuries happen in a car accident?

Facial trauma can happen in different ways during a collision. People can be hit in the face by an airbag, broken glass, or debris. A person’s head could crash into the steering wheel or another hard surface inside the car, which might also cause a concussion or traumatic brain injury. If someone isn’t wearing a seatbelt, they could be thrown from the car and land onto the rough pavement.

There are also different types of facial injuries. Cuts, scrapes, lacerations, and facial bruising are common. So too are fractured noses and broken jaws, cheeks, and eye sockets. Glass or debris can land in the eyes, resulting in partial or total blindness. If there was a fire, victims can suffer facial burns.

All facial injuries require medical treatment. But even when injuries heal, a person can be left with disfigurement, such as scarring. This can change a person’s appearance and reconstructive surgery may be needed. Disfigurement can also be emotionally traumatic.

Then there is the financial impact of a facial injury. Medical expenses for treating facial injuries can add up quickly. Victims often aren’t sure how they will pay these expenses. If a negligent driver caused the crash that left them injured, they shouldn’t have to pay.

A negligent driver may have been speeding or driving recklessly. Some drivers were texting before a crash or talking on the phone. Others were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When a driver’s negligence led to a crash that left you hurt, it may seem that recovering financial compensation should be straightforward.

Legal help is available for crash victims in New Orleans

Recovering compensation for your losses after a car accident is often a complicated process. Negligent drivers may deny doing anything wrong and refuse to accept responsibility for what happened. They may even blame you for causing the crash.

Insurance companies aren’t much help either since they have a vested interest in paying you as little money as possible. With that in mind, they may question the seriousness of your injuries. Or they’ll offer you a quick settlement, but it will fall far short of covering all your damages (accident-related expenses).

That’s why you need a car accident attorney who knows how to deal with insurance companies. The Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC can help. Attorney John Williams is very familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies to minimize compensation. He responds by building strong cases that they can’t ignore.

We understand how facial injuries can impact your life. That's why we fight for maximum compensation, whether that's through a negotiated settlement or a court verdict.

If you’ve been hurt in a crash, we can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans car accident lawyer.

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