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Every year, victims of car accidents, slip and falls, altercations, or sports injuries present to emergency rooms with orbital fractures. The orbit is the area of the skull where the eyes are held in place by an eye socket. When a blowout fractures the orbit, it can endanger the victim’s vision and distort the function of the throat, nose, and ear. This type of injury is usually the result of a tremendous force being applied directly to the face, which can happen in a car accident, a punch, or another type of harsh impact on the face.
The severity and location of the injury, as well as any other head injury sustained at the time of the incident, influence how an orbital fracture is treated. Severe cases frequently involve other conditions in which the victim may suffer traumatic brain injuries, head trauma, lacerations, disfigurement, and other injuries. If the injury is repaired as soon as possible, the outcome is better, including improved physical appearance and a lower risk of infection.
WHY HIRE A DALLAS ORBITAL FRACTURE LAWYER?
Personal injury law involving negligence is complex and frequently necessitates the experience of an experienced injury attorney. Contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen if you have suffered a serious blowout fracture, traumatic brain injury, orbital fracture, brain concussion, or other head trauma. Our legal team can advise you on a variety of legal options for seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering directly related to your injuries caused by the negligence of others.
Call (972) 599 4100 today to schedule a free initial consultation with a Dallas orbital fracture lawyer. We can evaluate your claim, provide free advice, and assist you in deciding whether to take your case to trial or settle it out of court. Our Dallas accident lawyer accepts personal injury cases on a contingency basis, and you are under no obligation to hire us.
WHAT IS AN ORBITAL FRACTURE?
An orbital fracture occurs when one or more of the bones surrounding the eyeball break, which is frequently caused by a hard blow to the face. Ophthalmologists examine the eye and surrounding area to diagnose a fracture. X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans may also be performed.
Orbital fractures are classified into three types:
Orbital rim fracture — Occurring frequently as a result of car accidents, orbital rim fractures affect the thick bone of the eye socket’s outer edges.
Blowout fracture — A break in the eye socket’s thin inner wall or floor.
Orbital floor fracture — A blow to the rim of the eye socket forces the bones back, causing the orbital floor bones to buckle downward.
WHAT CAUSES AN ORBITAL FRACTURE?
Trauma to the orbital bones causes blowout fractures. When an object strikes the orbital bones (typically the brow and upper cheekbone), the force is transferred to the bones. If the force is sufficient, the bones will buckle and break. A blowout fracture can be caused by any large object with force or speed. Motor vehicle accidents, sports involving missile objects such as baseballs or tennis balls, violence from fists and elbows, and falls are common causes.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AN ORBITAL FRACTURE?
The symptoms of an orbital fracture will vary depending on the type of fracture and the severity of the injury. Among the symptoms are:
- Blurry, reduced, or double vision
- Bruising around the eyes that are black and blue
- Swelling of the brow or cheek
- Under-eye swollen skin
- Face numbness on the injured side
- There is blood in the white part of the eye.
- Difficulty moving the gaze to the left, right, up, or down.
- The cheek that has been flattened
- When opening the mouth, there is a lot of pain in the cheeks.
- Eyeballs that are swollen or sunken
WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR A SIMPLE BLOWOUT FRACTURE?
The majority of simple blowout fractures do not necessitate surgical repair and do not cause long-term problems. Immediate treatment consists of the following:
- Using ice to reduce swelling
- Decongestants that aid in the drainage of blood and fluid that has accumulated in the sinuses.
- Avoiding nose blowing to prevent sinus contents from being propelled into the orbit by pressure.
- In some cases, oral steroids are used to reduce swelling and scarring.
- Oral antibiotics are used on occasion.
WHEN SHOULD SURGICAL REPAIR OF BLOWOUT FRACTURES BE CONSIDERED?
For the best results, trapdoor fractures must be repaired within 24-48 hours to release the trapped tissue. Observation may be prudent in all other fracture types, as double vision tends to improve over several weeks. Fractures with persistent symptoms (usually double vision or enophthalmos) are usually surgical candidates. The timing of the repair varies, but it is usually within a few weeks of the injury. Initial repairs could include any of the following:
- Exploration of the fracture site and bone repositioning
- Trapped tissue from the fracture site is released.
- Synthetic material is used to cover the fracture site.
WHAT LONG-TERM PROBLEMS MAY DEVELOP FOLLOWING BLOWOUT FRACTURES?
The majority of fractures heal with no long-term consequences. However, for persistent double vision, strabismus surgery (eye muscle surgery) may be required. Non-surgical methods can be used to treat persistent double vision in some cases (prism glasses or botulinum toxin injections).
WHAT IS THE SETTLEMENT VALUE OF AN ORBITAL FRACTURE CASE?
Every injury is unique, with its own set of facts and circumstances. The amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries will vary depending on the severity of the injury, how the injury occurred, who caused the injury, and how the injury ultimately affects your life. If you are unable to work as a result of your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for lost earnings. If your injury results in a loss of potential earning capacity in the future, you may be entitled to compensation for that loss.
A facial fracture and long-term facial disfigurement can cause significant psychological trauma. If you have facial disfigurement as a result of a facial fracture, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical treatment, future cosmetic surgeries, lost earnings, and emotional pain and suffering. In Texas, the following types of damages are available for injuries caused by negligence or intentional acts:
Medical bills past and future
Lost earning capacity past and future
Pain and suffering past and future
Mental anguish past and future
Disfigurement past and future
Physical impairment past and future
Loss of services past and future
Loss of consortium
Loss of a body member (or function such as a sense in the case of eyesight)
You may seek compensation for your injuries if you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent, reckless, or willful actions. Contact a Dallas orbital fracture lawyer at the Law Office of Doug Goyen to schedule a free consultation if you have any questions about your legal rights following an orbital fracture or any other facial injury. Our Dallas personal injury lawyer will examine your accident and injuries, explain your legal rights and options, and answer any questions you may have.
CONTACT A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages if you sustain an orbital fracture. There are legal options available, but they will necessitate the involvement of a skilled and experienced Dallas auto accident attorney. You can contact us for a free consultation and case review after learning about your orbital fracture and how it has affected you.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen can help you seek compensation for your injuries and damages. If we are hired to represent you, our goal will be to obtain the maximum compensation that you are entitled to. After suffering an orbital fracture, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation.
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