A New York driver who becomes involved in a car crash could suffer a wide range of injuries, from brain damage to internal afflictions. If the person suffers an injury to their face, however, they could find themselves with a broken or dislocated jaw. A broken jaw means that the bone has fractured; a dislocated jaw occurs when the bone moves out of position with the joints.
There are certain symptoms that may indicate that someone has broken their jaw. These can include facial bruising and swelling, an abnormal appearance of the cheek or jaw, and bleeding from the mouth. Symptoms that may indicate that a person has dislocated their jaw may include drooling due to the person's inability to close their mouth, pain in the jaw or a protrusion of the jaw. In general, the prognosis of a broken or dislocated jaw is positive. Most injuries to the jaw heal very well if they are properly treated.
However, there are certain complications associated with a broken or dislocated jaw. Complications include temporary difficulty eating or speaking, a blocked airway, and even an infection in the face. If a person suffers a broken or dislocated jaw in a car accident, it is likely that he or she will experience other injuries as well. If the injured person can prove that they did not cause the accident, a personal injury attorney may help them file a lawsuit against the driver who was found to be liable for the crash. This type of lawsuit potentially allows the victim to seek compensation for the damage done to their face. If you or a loved one has been in an accident contact Raphaelson & Levine at 212-268-3222.