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Facial Injuries in a Car Accident

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2016 | Car Accidents

By Pendergast Law on July 21, 2016

The automotive world has been abuzz about what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling “the largest recall in American history;” the expanded recall of Takata airbags. The problem, which baffled researchers for months, is that the inflating mechanism can degrade over time, particularly in hot, humid weather. When this happens, the bags deploy, unleashing a hail of shrapnel into the head of the driver and front seat passenger, and causing severe facial injuries and sometimes death. Before it’s over, the NHTSA predicts that over 100 million cars will have been recalled.

Defective airbags aside, facial injuries to drivers and passengers are a common result of auto accidents. If you or a family member has suffered a facial injury in a motor vehicle accident, you or they may be entitled to compensation for the injuries and losses suffered. To ensure that you get a settlement worthy of your injury, you need to contact an experienced Seattle car accident attorney. For over four decades, the legal team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has been successfully representing Seattle area injury victims, winning them substantial settlements. To find out more about your legal rights and options, call our offices at 888-539-9211. Your initial consultation is free of charge.

Common Auto Accident Facial Injuries

Even a minor facial injury can have life altering effects, because, whether we want to admit it or not, appearance is extremely important in most cultures. Some common facial injuries resulting from auto accidents are:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts, abrasions, and lacerations
  • Burn injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Facial deformities due to scars and broken bones
  • Other soft tissue injuries

Common Causes of Facial Injuries From an Auto Accident

Some of the more common causes of facial injuries from a motor vehicle accident include:

  • Debris and other flying objects
  • Broken and shattered glass
  • Sheered and twisted metal
  • Contact with steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, back of seat
  • Contact with side window
  • Contact with other passengers
  • Contact with airbag (even non-defective airbags can cause injury because they can inflate at 200 miles per hour)

Compensation For Damages In a Facial Injury

Facial injuries can permanently change how we are treated by others, how we interact with others, and how we feel about ourselves. If you have suffered a facial injury in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:

  • Current medical bills
  • Costs of future medical treatments related to your injury, such as plastic surgery, skin grafts, etc.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish and mental duress
  • Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Permanent injury or disability
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Full or partial blindness
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of career or earning potential
  • Reduction of earning potential
  • Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life

Facial injuries can be painful, both physically and emotionally, and take a long time to heal. If you’ve suffered a facial injury due to the reckless or negligent behavior of another driver, you deserve to be compensated. To get the settlement you deserve, you’ll need the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. The legal team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has been fighting for the rights of Washington injury victims for over 40 years. Call our offices for a free case assessment at 888-539-9211.