Being involved in a road traffic collision is both physically and emotionally traumatic, especially if it is a serious crash. Numerous areas of the body can be injured in such an incident, and head and facial injuries are a serious concern.
Your orbital bones are the structures that support and protect the eyes. While it takes a tremendous amount of force, these bones can be fractured during a crash. The consequences of such injuries vary depending on the extent of the damage. Outlined below are some of the more common symptoms associated with orbital fractures.
The first thing to look out for is bruising and swelling in the area. The swelling may extend to the forehead and cheek and it is not uncommon for the eye to close. Occasionally, the cheekbone (which usually protrudes) will become flat. While severe pain is usually present with such injuries, symptoms may also manifest themselves in terms of numbness down the injured side of the face.
As stated, the orbital bones provide support and structure for the eyes. Thus, if this area is injured, the eyes may not function as they should. Blurred vision and sensitivity to light could be a sign that the orbital bone has been fractured and the visual system disrupted.
The treatment for fractured orbital bones is usually surgery. Further rehabilitative treatment may also be required to regain vision. In serious cases, the physical damage may be permanent, meaning that the victim is disfigured and has impaired vision.
Suffering serious injuries, such as an orbital fracture, means that you probably won’t be able to work. If your injuries were caused by the negligent driving of someone else, then you may be entitled to compensation. Seek legal guidance to find out what options are open to you.