Oral Injuries in Car Accidents
When a person sustains major trauma to the face, an injury involving the teeth, jaw, tongue, or gums may occur. Teeth are particularly susceptible to being damaged or knocked out altogether when met with a violent impact. These types of injuries can happen in a car accident, when the safety of a person’s face is largely dependent on the deployment of airbags and the direction from which the collision occurs.
Sustaining an serious oral injury can cause you to experience physical and emotional pain and might lead to lower self-esteem. For a free consultation regarding your legal options following an accident, contact the Racine auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.
What Kinds of Injuries Occur
If an airbag fails, even a seat-belt restrained driver can have their face thrown into the steering column. As a result, several types of injuries may occur. Among the most long-lasting, dental damage can require emergency treatment and will carry permanent consequences to that person’s appearance. Beyond teeth, the following mouth and jaw injuries may occur in an accident:
- Biting down and severing a portion of the tongue
- Dislocating the jaw’s joint, also known as the temporomandibular joint
- Fracturing the jaw bone
- Gum-related injuries
These injuries can require a significant recovery period and may prove particularly devastating for those who rely on speaking as a major part of their job. Although the jaw can eventually heal from the trauma and false teeth may be ordered, substantial damage to the tongue may take more intensive speech therapy to repair.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for your injuries. To discuss your claim with an attorney and learn more about your options, contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.