Broken Jaws

Car Accident Lawyers Representing People in the Port St. Lucie Area

If you have suffered a broken jaw, you know how painful the healing process is, and you know about the restrictions placed on your life to aid in that healing. Jaws may be broken in various ways as a result of a car accident, and these injuries vary in severity as well. When another individual has negligently caused a broken jaw, they should be held legally accountable. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston help people who have suffered broken jaws in a collision seek the compensation that they are entitled to get in order to deal with their injuries. Our firm provides clients with informed, experienced representation throughout their entire legal journey, making sure that they know their rights and options at every step of the way. If you have suffered a broken jaw due to the negligence of another driver, contact our office today to talk with an attorney and learn more about how we may help.

Types of Broken Jaw Injuries

Jaws are the 10th-most commonly broken bone in the human body. The medical term for a broken jaw is a mandibular fracture, which is a result of excessive force being placed on a person’s jaw. Fractures to a jaw come in different varieties, categorized by their severity, which include:

  • Commuted fractures, which occur when the bone is crushed
  • Greenstick fractures, when a bone is cracked but does not break completely
  • Compound fractures, occurring when the bone breaks and penetrates the skin
  • Simple fractures, present if a bone is broken but does not go through the skin

When a jaw is broken, other complications may arise if proper medical treatment is not sought immediately. Victims with broken jaws often have difficulty breathing due to a blocked airway, they may suffer infections, and their teeth may become misaligned. Depending on the severity of the break, these types of injuries may be treated with medications and diets restricted to liquids and soft food, or they may require surgical procedures in order to wire the jaw bone to an individual’s teeth to allow it to heal. Usually, the wire needs to be in place for six to eight weeks, and the individual is limited to a liquid diet. Additionally, victims with broken jaws may have other injuries affecting their head or face that require treatment simultaneously.

Aggressively Pursuing Compensation Following a Car Crash

Broken jaws usually heal completely, but during the recovery time, a victim is limited in what they can do and eat. Also, some long-lasting effects, such as teeth misalignment, may occur, which may delay treatment, as well as making it more costly. Victims injured by a negligent driver may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other damages, by filing a personal injury claim.

To show that another driver was negligent, the plaintiff, or the injured person, must prove that the driver breached their duty of care to act reasonably given the situation. For instance, a driver who is making aggressive maneuvers in a rainstorm and thereby causes a crash may be seen as unreasonable. The plaintiff must also establish that their broken jaw was sustained in the collision, and damages resulted. In Florida, even a victim who is found partially negligent in causing their own injuries may receive a portion of the damages incurred from another at-fault party. For example, a victim who was found 35 percent liable may still be awarded 65 percent of their total costs from the other driver.

Seek Representation from a Port St. Lucie Attorney for Your Motor Vehicle Collision Case

A broken jaw is one of the most painful injuries that a victim may suffer. When that pain has been inflicted by another driver’s careless actions, that person should be held responsible for the damages incurred. The Port St. Lucie attorneys at Donaldson & Weston are committed to ensuring that justice is served. Our firm represents victims in pursuing personal injury claims throughout Martin, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties, including in the cities of Stuart, West Palm Beach, and Jupiter. If you have sustained a broken jaw as a result of a car accident, call our office today at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online to schedule a no-cost, risk-free appointment to discuss your case with a motor vehicle collision lawyer.

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