Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic injury in the nation. Even in less serious crashes, victims can be left with lasting symbols that impact the quality of their lives. A type of injury not commonly thought of when they think of car crashes are dental injuries. People that suffer from dental injuries have to deal with the resulting pain and potentially extensive medical bills and related healthcare costs. These costs can seriously harm a family’s financial security, that’s why it’s important to take advantage of personal injury laws to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, we’ve handled thousands of car accident cases. We’ll talk you through some of the basic concerns involved in bringing dental injury cases and what steps you can take to improve your legal position after suffering injuries in a car crash.
Types of Dental Injuries Sustained From Car Accidents
Dental injuries will vary depending on the forces involved in the car crash. They’re normally separated into two categories: direct and indirect injuries.
Direct injuries occur because the mouth is struck by an object, while indirect injuries occur because of the force of the mouth being shut unnaturally, which causes the teeth to be crushed together.
These injury categories can also result in a number of different types of damage to the teeth. There are several common types of dental injuries that result from car crashes:
- Luxated Tooth: this injury happens when the tooth is loosened, allowing it to move from side to side, it can worsen over time if it is not set in place properly by a dentist
- Avulsed Tooth: this injury happens when the tooth is knocked out of the mouth, if the tooth is recovered and set in place within two hours there is a chance it can be saved
- Fractured Tooth: this injury occurs when the tooth breaks either within or outside the gums
Causes of Dental Injuries
The causes of dental injuries are varied. When they occur from a car crash they’re often direct injuries, in which the face strikes objects within the cabin like the wheel and dashboard. These injuries can become very costly, and so retaining a car accident lawyer in NJ is a necessity.
When speeds are higher the forces involved are stronger and result in more serious injuries. The most common causes of dental injuries from a car crash are:
- Distracted drivers
- Texting and driving
- Blind spot collisions
- Rear end collisions
In other words, the common causes of dental injuries are also the common causes of most crashes, with crashes with forces directly in front or behind having a greater risk for oral injuries.
Car Accident Dental Injury Lawyers
If you’re involved in a car crash that causes a dental injury it’s important to get medical attention as soon as possible. Timely medical treatment means you have a better chance of recovering quickly, hidden issues can be treated, and the documentation can be used to support your case against the negligent party.
There are serious costs that come with getting that treatment though. Medical bills can quickly add up and become difficult to contend with. That’s why personal injury laws exist to reduce the burden caused by life-altering events and injuries and get families the compensation they deserve for the harm they suffer. However, the negligent parties at fault will work against you to try to limit your payouts.