Car accidents can cause serious dental injuries that affect a person's self-esteem and quality of life. The cost of treating them can accumulate quickly to the point where it creates a financial burden for the injured person. Suppose an injured person can prove that the car accident caused the dental injuries. In that case, they may be able to receive compensation (monetary damages) for them.
Common Dental Injuries Associated with Car Accidents
People who have been in car accidents may injure their teeth in one or more of the following ways:
- Chipped Teeth. One or more teeth could chip during the accident's impact. If the effect on the teeth is severe enough, it may expose the tooth's root. Dental surgery may be required to correct this condition.
- Tooth Loss. A severe impact can knock out one or more teeth. In some cases, the teeth can be saved. The injured party may need to have dental implants performed to normalize their appearance.
- Tooth Moves. A damaged tooth may not fall out entirely, but instead is pushed out from its socket and moved to one side. With prompt treatment, a dentist may be able to push the tooth back into place and save it. This treatment may be successful if the tooth's root is undamaged.
- Tooth Root Fracture. The entire tooth may need to be extracted. After pulling the tooth, the patient may need a dental implant or a bridge.
Dental Care Can Be Expensive
Dental care for mouth trauma can be expensive even if you have dental insurance. Dental insurance usually covers routine preventive services, including regular checkups, cleanings, and primary dental care. Dental surgery and complicated procedures may not be fully covered under a dental insurance policy. The out-of-pocket expenses add up quickly and, in short order, can become out of reach for many households.
Additionally, you may lose time from work due to pain or dental appointments.
Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have sustained dental injuries associated with a car accident, you may have questions about your claim or any monetary damages to which you may be entitled. The helpful Atlanta car accident lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak have the experience required to help people who have been injured in auto accidents. Our skilled legal team is happy to answer your questions to ensure that you understand your rights and all the options available.
Please complete our online contact form or call our Atlanta law office at 404-355-2688 to schedule a free initial case consultation. Additionally, we invite you to learn more about your rights immediately by downloading a complimentary copy of The Ultimate Guide to Accident Cases in Georgia.