Your face makes you immediately recognizable to your loved ones, while its 14 separate bones help you speak, eat and breathe. Even if your car has airbags, a catastrophic motor vehicle accident may cause you to break one or more bones in your face.
Facial bone breaks can be exceedingly difficult to treat, as they are challenging to set and even harder to immobilize. Consequently, doctors often must perform surgery to repair bone damage. During an operation, surgeons may implant plates, mesh or other hardware to rebuild your facial structure.
Your pain and suffering
While you may expect to have physical pain after shattering bones in your face, your pain and suffering also may harm you emotionally. Your physical pain may cause you to develop anger, anxiety or depression. These emotions may linger long after your pain goes away, unfortunately.
Regardless of whether your facial bone breaks require surgery, your face may never look the same as it did before your car accident. If you feel unattractive, you may develop serious body-image issues, such as body dysmorphia. These issues often occur when the way you perceive yourself does not match the way you look on the outside.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
If you are in a car accident that is severe enough to break the bones in your face, you may be vulnerable to PTSD. After all, this serious mental health condition is possible any time you go through a stressful event. If you have PTSD, you may experience flashbacks, nightmares and acute anxiety.
There are usually ways to treat the psychological injuries that come with broken facial bones. Ultimately, though, because these treatments are expensive, you may need to pursue financial compensation from the driver who caused the accident.