Believe it or not, dental injuries are a somewhat common occurrence after a severe auto accident. Due to the force with which airbags are deployed following an accident, a driver’s face can sustain serious injuries. These dental injuries can lead to long-term suffering if not immediately diagnosed and treated by a dentist and/or oral surgeon. Some of the common dental injuries we see are:
- Cracked teeth
- Lacerated tongue
- Tooth loss
- Mouth swelling
- Dental Implant issues
- Jaw pain or injury
Everyone knows that going to the dentist can be a lengthy and expensive process. If you have sustained a dental injury in an auto accident, an experienced attorney will ensure this is included and covered by the insurance company during the settlement process. A dental injury, if related to the accident, is just like a back injury or broken bone — you should be compensated.
To help your attorney prove to the insurance adjuster that the dental injuries are related to the accident, you should see a dentist as soon as possible following the accident— this way, they have documented, medical proof. If you wait too long to receive dental treatment, the insurance company will try to argue that the alleged injury is not related to the incident. They can then also ask for your previous dental records to see if you had received prior dental treatment similar to your current injury.
It is important that you keep your attorney informed of all medical treatment, including dental care, so they can accumulate all the medical records and bills to submit to the insurance company prior to settlement negotiations.
If you have sustained a dental injury related to an auto accident, you should be compensated. The Chiozza Law Firm has handled many clients that sustained dental/oral injuries following an auto accident in Tennessee. Call our office at 1(901)526-9494 to receive a free consultation and valuable information on what to expect during the legal process.