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Understanding the Legal, Financial, and Personal Impact of a Catastrophic Injury to the Face

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Houston Dog Bite Injury LawyerA young woman who was viciously attacked by a pair of dogs in Texas is speaking out about the ordeal to news outlets for the first time since surgeons reconstructed her face. The woman was dog sitting for a family when she suddenly found herself fighting for her life in a horrific dog attack. She suffered devastating injuries to her face that left her unrecognizable. Her nose, ears, and lips were torn from her face, and she lost nearly a third of her blood.

The case highlights the very real threat of dog attacks as well as the profound impact injuries to the face can have on a person.

Severe Facial Injuries Often Require Extensive Medical Treatment

Whether face injuries are caused by a vicious dog, car accident, assault, work accident, or another incident, the effects are often devastating to the victim. The woman who suffered the dog attack needed to be placed in a medically induced coma while recovering from the attack. She needed a seven-hour emergency surgery and extensive facial reconstructive surgery, including skin grafts, to rebuild her face.

Medical bills can reach staggering amounts after a face injury. Emergency hospital treatment, surgery, medication, and ongoing care are just some of the medical costs many victims of facial trauma face after an accident or injury. Many require mental health treatment to deal with the psychological impact of facial disfigurement as well. The medical needs of a facial trauma victim are often just the beginning of the arduous road to recovery.

Psychological and Emotional Impact of Face Injuries

Our faces are the first place someone looks when communicating with us. Faces allow us to show emotion and express ourselves. Consequently, injuries to the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and face often have a deep psychological effect on the sufferer. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, and other mental health disorders are common in victims of facial trauma.

Justice for Victims of Negligence or Wrongdoing

If you or a loved one suffered injuries to the face in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to hold the party accountable for your injuries and damages. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical treatment and continuing medical needs, pain and suffering, lost income from missed work, and more.

Contact a Harris County Face Injury Lawyer

The Houston personal injury attorneys at Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec understand the profound impact that injuries to the face can have on the victim. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, work accident, or another type of accident, call us to discuss your legal options. Call 281-643-2000 for a free, no-obligation case assessment.

 

Sources:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jacqueline-durand-dog-sitter-dog-attack/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5790551/

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