Facial injuries from a bicycle accident are fairly common, even amongst helmet wearers because the there is little protection for the face. (Read some safety tips you don’t already know.) Injuries can range from mild (cuts and scrapes) to severe (fractures and nerve injuries), and can adversely impact nearly every aspect of a person’s life.
Victims may be able to file a claim for compensation for damages, depending upon the circumstances surrounding the accident. To determine eligibility for recompense, you can speak to a bicycle accident attorney at Max Meyers Law.
Types of Bicycle Accident Facial Injuries
When the victims’ face hits the pavement, vehicle, or bike, it’s quite likely that they will sustain some degree of maxillofacial trauma or facial injuries. Some of the common types of facial injuries cyclists get in a collision include the following.
- Soft tissue injuries and road rash, i.e., lacerations, contusions, and bruises
- Injuries to the facial nerves
- Injuries to the eyes
- Fractured facial bones
- Dental injuries
- Injuries to the jaw, such as temporomandibular joint injuries
The Implications of Facial Injuries
Facial injuries, which are painful and difficult to treat, may require reconstructive surgeries and skin grafts. Extra care must be taken to minimize scarring, but in even with the best treatments, victims may never appear the same as they did prior to the accident. Scar tissue development and the healing process are unpredictable.
The impact of facial injuries is usually far beyond the physical. Victims with facial trauma often develop emotional issues and have difficulty in social situations because of their appearance. Their work, family life, and entire future can be significantly altered. It’s difficult to encapsulate the breadth of the damages facial injuries cause.
Recovering Damages for Facial Injuries
If your bicycle accident was the result of another party’s negligence, e.g., a faulty bike part manufacturer or a negligent driver, you might be able to file a claim to recover your damages. When filing a claim, it’s important to ensure your attorney helps you list the full extent of your losses, including both your economic and non-economic damages.
You could recover monies for these bills.
- Medical bills
- Future treatments and surgeries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Emotional damages
- Loss of income
Victims in Washington have access to a free consultation with an established bicycle accident attorney that strongly advocates for victims’ best interests. When you call Max Meyers Law, you can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a lawyer who can offer you caring, detailed counsel on how to best recover your damages. Contact Max Meyers today at 425-399-7000.