When you are involved in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale, it is a blessing to come out alive. But many accident victims suffer disfiguring injuries. Some injuries cause mountains of medical bills, pain and suffering, and anguish. For example, if your airbag did not deploy during a car accident and you struck the steering wheel, you might be suffering from severe facial lacerations and bruising. This could necessitate cosmetic surgery to repair any disfigurement as much as possible.
The Rundown on Facial Lacerations from Car Accidents
Facial lacerations are usually more of a concern to patients than lacerations on other parts of the body for cosmetic reasons. A laceration on the face is conspicuous and patients might be more embarrassed than with other body parts. This is different from a severe laceration that leaves a scar but on a part of the body can the patient can easily conceal, like the abdomen or thigh.
Lacerations can occur on various parts of the face, and repair of and care for the cut may differ depending on where on the face the laceration occurred. Facial lacerations can occur on the lips, forehead, eyebrows, nose, checks, eyelids, chin, and jawline. Treatment may also vary depending on the severity and deepness of the cut.
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How much does it cost to repair facial lacerations and how long do they take to heal?
Facial lacerations can cost a significant amount of money to repair. Patients may have to pay thousands of dollars or more in medical bills. Mostly, this is because many people do not want highly visible scars on their face, and often opt for cosmetic surgery or other treatments to avoid facial scarring as best they can.
The techniques and treatments for facial lacerations vary greatly—from surgery to sutures to constant home treatments—and so it is difficult to say exactly how much facial laceration repair could cost.
Likewise, until a facial laceration is examined by a doctor, it is hard to tell how long it will take a facial laceration to heal. Depending on where the facial laceration is located on the face and how deep the cut is, healing time can vary greatly. Some people, though, still have scarring from the facial lacerations, although the intent of surgeries and treatments is to reduce the appearance of scarring.
Additionally, other complications can arise out of a facial laceration. For example, a hematoma can form if blood collects. This could result in a deformity in some cases. Dressing that is placed correctly may help prevent a hematoma from occurring. At times, if a facial laceration occurs on soft tissue of the face, like the lips, and if the cut is small enough, a patient will not receive surgery or sutures, but instead the laceration is left to heal on its own.
Can I recover compensation for facial lacerations caused by a car accident?
Many people involved in car accidents that incur facial lacerations have a lot of medical bills to attend to and treatments to go through. In Florida, accident victims may recover compensation for medical bills through personal injury protection, but the coverage is often limited. Also, claimants must seek initial medical care within 14 days of the accident.
But accident victims may also be able to file a liability claim or a lawsuit against the other driver to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages while recovering, pain and suffering, and more.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident resulting in facial lacerations in Florida, call Chalik and Chalik today at 855-529-0269 to set up a free consultation regarding compensation for your damages.
For a free legal consultation, call (855) 529-0269