The four main bones in the fact are:
- Zygomatic bone
- Nasal Bone (Nose)
Each state has different laws in regards to personal injury claims. This article applies to personal injury claims for facial bone fractures that occurred in Florida or on a cruise. Each state has different laws.
I wrote a separate article on nose fractures in Florida and cruise accident cases. In that article, I talk about a lady who received a $78,000 settlement after she tripped and fell and had nose surgery.
All settlements in this article are before deduction for attorney’s fees and expenses. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.
I also wrote a separate article on head and brain injury claims in Florida. Head injuries can occur with a face injury.
Some facial bone fracture claims result in scarring and disfigurement. However, here, I don’t focus on getting paid for scarring & disfigurement in a Florida accident.
Let’s first look at some face bone fracture cases in Florida.
Pedestrian Gets $110,000 Settlement for Orbital (Eye Bone) Fracture from Car Crash
Check out this $110,000 settlement for a pedestrian who was hit by a car in Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida. She suffered an orbital (facial bone) fracture with surgery.
The pedestrian (my client) received the ticket. However, we still got an $110,000 settlement.
Pedestrian accident cases can settle for big money because the injuries are often serious.
Bicyclist Gets $100,000 after Truck Hit Her, Fracturing a Facial Bone
Check out a $100,000 settlement for a bicyclist after a pickup truck hit her in Cooper City, Broward County, Florida. She suffered facial fractures and collapsed lungs.
USAA insured the driver who was at fault.
$78k Settlement for Nose Fracture from Fall at Condo (Miami)
A lady owned a condo unit in Sunny Isles, Miami-Dade County, Florida. She actually lived in another country.
While exiting a door in the common area of the condominium building, she misstepped. The photo above shows the door.
She fractured her nose. In her home country (Colombia), she had surgery on his nose.
Scottsdale Insurance Company insured the condominium building.
$5,000 of the settlement was from Medpay coverage in the condo’s insurance policy. I did not charge a fee on the $5,000 Medpay recovery.
Restaurant Guest Gets $18K Settlement for Cut to Face (Trip and Fall)
Check out our $18,000 settlement for a lady who cut her face when she tripped and fell at a South Miami restaurant. Her foot struck a protruding landscaping edge outside a South Miami, Florida restaurant. She fell into a parking bumper/wheelstop.
Bicyclist Gets $17,500 Settlement after Car Hits Her, Causing Cut Below Chin
We represented a bicyclist after a car hit her. She sustained lacerations to her chin. She also had staples in her abdomen to close up a gash there.
State Farm insured the car driver. They paid $17,500 to settle the case.
If you have an injured tooth, will Florida PIP auto insurance pay for you to see a dentist?
People who have a face injury may also have an injured tooth. This could include a broken crown. If your accident happened in Florida, PIP auto insurance may pay your dentist’s bills if you are covered with PIP.
What is the Best Insurance Situation for Someone Who Has Suffered a Serious Facial Injury?
Unfortunately, many people who suffer facial injuries get a below fair value settlement because of limited insurance.
Someone with facial injuries has a better shot at getting fair value if there is enough bodily injury liability (BIL) insurance available. There are a few situations where there will likely be enough BIL insurance to pay the fair value of the case.
One is the victim was hit by an Uber or a Lyft car that was engaged in a ride. In Florida, Uber and Lyft cars have at least $1 million of BIL insurance if the driver was engaged in a ride.
Another situation where there will likely be enough insurance is if a tractor trailer caused the accident. Tractor trailer accident settlements tend to be bigger because there is plenty of insurance.
Just look at some of my biggest personal injury settlements. Many of them are for people hit by 18 wheelers.
What symptoms increase the full value of a facial injury case?
The following may increase the full settlement value of a facial injury case:
- Losing consciousness (being knocked or passed out)
- Numbness or tingling on one side of your body
- Getting medical treatment
- Bad Headaches
- Blurred or double vision
- An eye injury or eye pain
- Ear pain, difficulty hearing or ringing in your ears
- The need for prescription pain medication
- Your symptoms aren’t getting better
Keep in mind that you need to show that someone’s carelessness caused these injuries in order to have a personal injury case. I am not referring to a workers compensation case.
Is your Case Worth less Money if you just treat your facial injuries at home?
Yes. You should do what you think is best for your health. However, if you only have home treatment, don’t expect much in way of a settlement.
Does a medical evaluation and treatment for your facial injury increase the claim’s full value?
Yes. When in doubt, seek medical treatment and an evaluation. Medical treatment shows that you may be injured. Medical bills increase the full value of the case.
Take pictures of your facial injury
Take pictures of your facial injury with a good quality camera. Nowadays, most new phones are good quality. Take several pictures and don’t rely on blurry ones.
Pictures may also help you prove that the accident caused your injury. If you have to sue to get fair value for your case, the defense can hire a doctor to examine you.
Defense doctors often say that the accident did not cause the claimant’s injury.
Court OKs $640,587 Verdict for Face and Leg Fracture from Car Accident
His face injury was a lateral wall orbit fracture. He fracture his upper leg bone (femur).
Broken Jaw Settlements
I’ve also written about broken jaw settlements.
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