People who suffer facial injuries in a car crash, a slip and fall, or another accident may be forced to undergo significant reconstructive surgeries, face long-term recovery times, and sometimes suffer a permanent disfigurement. Making sure that a careless party who caused such an injury is held legally responsible is important in the process of healing. The Miami catastrophic injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon aid victims who have sustained facial injuries in pursuing legal action. Our firm has extensive experience in all types of personal injury claims, ranging from motor vehicle accidents and premises liability cases to lawsuits involving defective products. We handle cases for victims throughout South Florida, including in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and other cities in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.Types and Causes of Facial Injuries
Unlike other body parts that may be covered, victims who sustain facial injuries not only need to recover from the physical pain but also must deal with the emotional aftermath of such an injury. Lower self-esteem and an adjustment to a new self-identity are concerns that victims with facial injuries may need to address. Car accidents are a major source of facial injuries, since broken glass may cut a victim’s face, bruising from the impact may occur, or a victim may be burned by a deployed airbag. Facial injuries may also be caused by defective products, such as an appliance that explodes without warning, or result from a fall.
Facial injuries take many forms, but some common examples include:
- Injuries to the eyes, including vision loss;
- Dental injuries, including those affecting a victim’s teeth, jaw, or tissue;
- Orbital or skull fractures near a victim’s eye that affect alignment and the optic nerve;
- Nasal injuries, including a broken nose or sinus damage that may cause breathing issues; or
- Nerve damage.
Many of these injuries require surgical treatment that may be painful, as well as costly. Some also require long-term preemptive care to ensure that healing occurs properly and that the risk of a permanent disfigurement or disability is minimized.Legal Action for Victims Suffering from Facial Injuries
To ensure that a victim has enough financial support to cover the costs of medical treatment and other related expenses, legal action may be necessary against negligent parties. Most personal injury lawsuits are based on the theory of negligence. To show negligence, a victim must establish that a defendant breached an owed duty of care, that the victim’s injury was caused by that breach, and that damages resulted. For instance, if a driver runs a red light, striking another vehicle, they probably would be found to have acted negligently.
Damages in these cases may vary, depending on the severity of the injury and the situation at hand. Generally, a victim may be compensated for medical expenses, loss of income, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering when appropriate. In Florida, personal injury cases must be filed within four years from the date of the accident.Consult a Knowledgeable Miami Lawyer for Your Personal Injury Claim
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving negligent behavior, the Miami attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help you determine what an appropriate course of action may be to improve your financial stability and cope with the costs of recovery. We offer dedicated and experienced legal guidance with our clients’ best interests in mind when pursuing a settlement or litigation. Call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a car accident attorney or for advice regarding another type of potential personal injury claim.