Severe car accidents can cause some people to have facial disfigurements. Symptoms of facial trauma include a deformed appearance, bleeding, swelling and missing teeth.
Surgeons can do everything possible to remedy facial injuries. Unfortunately, they may not be able to completely restructure a patient’s facial feature back to its original form, which can contribute to a host of problems like the ones listed below:
1. Discrimination and rejection
Many people with facial disfigurement endure disrespect and maltreatment throughout areas of their lives. Some struggle with finding work in positions that require in-person interactions. Others get rejected by acquaintances, family members and friends.
2. Speech difficulties
Because some auto accidents result in displaced jaws or lost teeth, accident victims have trouble with verbal communication. Therefore, they need help from a speech pathologist to learn how to speak clearly and coherently again.
3. Mental health issues
Having one’s face covered with scars can wreak havoc on one’s self-esteem and emotional well-being. (It can especially be overwhelming for someone who worked in an industry where looks are valued, like acting, singing or influencing.) A person may sink into a deep depression because they feel unacceptable due to their facial injuries.
4. Medical expenses
Corrective surgery — or any type of surgery for that matter — costs lots of money. Unless someone has thousands of dollars saved up or insurance that can cover most of the bill, paying for surgery will be a financial burden for them.
Facial disfigurement takes a physical, emotional and financial toll on many people. What’s even worse is that they suffer from injuries due to a driver’s carelessness. If you or a loved one have a facial disfigurement from a vehicle accident and want to know if you qualify for injury compensation, experienced legal guidance can help you learn more.