EXPERIENCED FACIAL INJURY ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Car and truck accidents often lead to injuries to the face in the form of cuts and lacerations. In automobile accidents, a vehicle occupant can strike his or her face and head on the interior of the motor vehicle. This might be the back of a front seat, a door post, a window, or even the dashboard or steering wheel. Sometimes the force of an airbag deployment will cause facial injuries to passengers. At other times, facial cuts and injuries can be caused by flying glass from shattered windows. Because these injuries are so visible, facial injuries can be both physically and psychologically trying. If you have suffered facial injuries from a car or truck accident, contact St. Louis personal injury attorney John M. Cichelero. He represents clients who have been involved in Missouri automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents. For a free consultation on automobile and personal injury cases involving facial injuries in Missouri, contact St. Louis injury lawyer John M. Cichelero at 314-205-2886 or by e-mail.
DOCUMENTING AND TREATING FACIAL SCARRING
In any Missouri personal injury case, it is always a good idea to obtain photographs of visible injuries. This is especially true for facial scars, cuts, and bruises. Initial photographs of the injuries should be taken as soon as possible after the car accident. These photographs can help document the nature of the collision and trauma to the face. Photographs with a good camera are preferred over most smart phone cameras. Certain facial lacerations, after several months of healing, may result in a scar that is permanent in nature. Photographs should be taken of the scar. At times, Missouri lawyers may refer their accident clients to professional photographers to adequately document a permanent scar. These photographs can be very useful in negotiating with an insurance adjuster or showing a jury the extent of damage in a case.
In addition to taking photographs, if a scar on the face is significant enough, a plastic surgery consultation may be necessary. The plastic surgeon may be able to render an opinion as to whether a scar is permanent in nature or whether further treatment may help relieve the effects of facial scaring. For more information on plastic surgery to treat facial scars from injuries including automobile accidents, click here.
OBTAINING FAIR COMPENSATION FOR FACIAL INJURIES
As with any Missouri personal injury case, Missouri law allows an accident victim to recover for pain and suffering, the permanency of an injury, and past and future medical expenses. The pain and suffering from orthopedic injuries, such as leg fractures or shoulder injuries, are more easily ascertainable at times because of the nature of the injury. While some scar cases may involve extensive surgeries and revisions, and serious cases might even involve diminished use of the eyes, mouth, or nose because of the scarring, there are many situations where treatment is minimal. The facial injury victim may be left with a permanent scar and a lifetime of self-consciousness about the scar. Scar injuries can have a psychological and mental effect on their victims. An experienced injury lawyer will be able to help value the cost of this type of permanent injury. Both the mental anguish associated with the scarring and the permanent nature of the scar must be considered in valuing the damages suffered by such an accident victim.
HIRING A MISSOURI PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
If you have sustained an injury to the face in a Missouri personal injury case, contact St. Louis attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. He handles cases on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your case with Attorney Cichelero, please e-mail or call 314-205-2886. Mr. Cichelero represents clients from many parts of Missouri including St. Louis and St. Louis County, Arnold, Festus, Fenton, Valley Park, South County, North County and West County. He also handles cases in parts of metro east Illinois, including Granite City, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Edwardsville, Alton, Belleville, Fairview Heights, Shiloh, and O’Fallon.