Car Accidents Can Cause Traumatic and Costly Dental Injuries
In 2015, Indiana was home to more than 205,500 motor vehicle accidents that caused injury (or property damage). Most of these car accident injuries resulted in broken bones, bumps, and general body soreness including the very common car accident injury, whiplash. But there was also a very high risk for dental injuries – something most victims didn’t realize. These types of injuries can be not only painful and sometimes have a long recovery time – but they can also be very costly. Although common, injuries to the mouth, lips, tongue, jaw and teeth are sometimes ignored initially because there are more traumatic or painful injuries to deal with.
Direct or Indirect Dental Injuries Depend on Force of Impact
The force in which a motor vehicle accident victim is hit can result in dental injuries that can either be direct or indirect. Direct injuries are those that happen when the mouth or head are struck by something. Indirect injuries happen when the open mouth closes and causes damage to itself. Both indirect and direct injuries can be very painful.
Here are some common dental injuries:
- Chipped or Fractured Teeth
- Luxated or Dislodged Teeth
- Avulsed or Knocked Out Teeth
- Fractured Teeth and Roots
Dental and Mouth Injuries Can Be Costly
All body injuries should be treated seriously but personal injury victims with specific teeth injuries could suffer from long-term pain and consequences, as well as having to pay growing medical bills. This is because most insurance companies do not cover restorative procedures or the multiple follow-up appointments necessary to help a victim heal.
An accident victim will want to be able to provide these details to an attorney when pursing a legal case against a negligent driver.
- Nature of the injury
- Length of time from injury to treatment
- How your there were cared for after the injury
- Your body’s response all affect the long-term health of the tooth
Following the injury, a victim should visit their dentist or endodontist to be examined. They can help determine what type of timeline for future treatment and provide testimony if needed. Some traumatic dental injuries may demand regular visits and tests like x-rays for up to five years. Victims should work closely with their dentists, including a general dentist or endodontic specialist, to determine procedures along with other dental treatments necessary for recovery. Having a standing relationship with a physician can help a personal injury victim’s case.
Seek An Experienced Lawyer to Help Receive Compensation For Dental Injury Costs
Wagner Reese is the right choice as a personal injury attorney to represent you in an accident case. Our team of highly skilled and experienced personal injury lawyers will do a thorough job in pursuing all leads and possibilities to ensure that you get compensation for your dental and mouth injuries.
We have a proven track record of delivering compensation to our clients in similar cases. We do not charge any money upfront, and you do not have to pay us anything until you receive your settlement. Call us at 888-710-9377 or fill out this form for a free evaluation of your case.