Research shows that the mandible is the second most commonly broken bone in the face after the nose. Furthermore, the mandible is the tenth most commonly broken bone in the human body.
The jaw bone, or mandible, forms the lower portion of the jaw and holds the teeth in their correct location. Many times, a broken jaw will be referred to as a mandibular fracture, while it can occur in many different forms depending on the cause of the fracture. Additionally, these types of injuries will typically cause an individual to have trouble with eating, drinking, and speaking, which ultimately affects their everyday life.
If you or a family member has broken their jaw as a result of the negligent actions of another individual or entity, our personal injury lawyers believe the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses and damages including; lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Mandibular Fracture Demographics
As the lower jaw is comprised of the mandible, it is placed at an increased risk of injury. In fact, mandibular fractures are three times more likely to occur in men than in women. As one can imagine, there are several different ways an individual may experience a broken jaw, the following demonstrates the most common mandibular fracture demographics:
If you or a family member is suffering from a broken jaw injury, it is recommended to seem immediate medical attention. This will not only assure all injuries have been properly cared for, but these medical documents can also be used by our lawyers to formulate a case against the negligent individual or entity whom may have caused the injury.
Symptoms of a Broken Jaw
Following a broken jaw injury, the symptoms are typically very noticeable, as the victim will typically express their pain as well. Of course, it is also good to know the variety of symptoms in case of an emergency and if the victim is unconscious following their accident.
A few symptoms of a broken jaw include:
- Abnormal appearance of the jaw
- Bleeding of the mouth
- Blocked airway
- Bruising of the face
- Loose or damaged teeth
- Numbness of the jaw
- Pain of the jaw
- Swelling of the face
- Tenderness of the jaw
- Trouble opening mouth
After suffering a broken jaw injury, it is necessary to seek medical attention to treat the broken bone properly as the jaw must function properly, so we can live our everyday lives in a normal manner.
Treating a Broken Jaw
Treating a broken jaw can be performed in a number of different ways; of course it is advised to follow the instructions of a physician. However, directly following an injury, a physician will not always be present, thus there are a few steps we can take to treat a broken jaw at this time.
Some ways of treating a broken jaw include:
Applying ice to the injured area of the jaw will help to control and reduce swelling to the area. This can be done by applying ice, frozen peas, or any other cold or frozen nearby objects.
Immobilize the Jaw
Immobilizing the jaw will prevent further injuries from occurring and also assist and reducing pain associated with movement. This can be done by tying something around the jaw and head to hold it in place.
Occasionally both conscious and unconscious broken jaw injury victims may have trouble breathing, which increases their chance of choking. This can be prevented by allowing any blood to flow out of the mouth.
Seek Medical Treatment
Following a broken jaw it is always advised to seek medical treatment. Depending on the location, type, and severity of the break, there are a number of different treatments available. In some cases, wiring the jaw shut may be required to immobilize the jaw to avoid surgery, while other times surgery may be required to add plates and screws to hold the broken bones in place.
In any case, these treatment options are available for individuals suffering from broken jaw injuries. Typically these individuals will recover from these injuries and return to their original ability to perform everyday tasks.
Contact Our Windsor Lawyers Today
At Greg Monforton and Partners, our team of lawyers provides caring support to those injured due to the negligent acts of other individuals or entities. Our lawyers can guide clients through each step of the legal battle and will fight for the MAXIMUM compensation benefits for your injuries.
Being located in Windsor, our lawyers are able to serve clients throughout the entire province of Ontario and beyond.
Some of the local areas our lawyers serve include:
- Pleasant Park
- Knapps Island
If you would like to learn more about our law firm, or schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, we welcome you to contact us at (866) 320-4770 today. At this time, a member of our staff will collect information regarding your injury and quickly connect you with one of our lawyers ready to take your case.
Alternatively, if you would like our law firm to contact you, we invite you to complete the Free Case Evaluation form on our website. This consultation is completely free and your information will remain confidential.