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Can I File a Claim for Dental Injuries After a Car Crash?

Posted on behalf of Anderson Cummings on Oct 07, 2022 in Auto Accidents

dentist working on patientDental injuries are probably not the first kind of injury people think about when it comes to car crash injuries. However rare they are, though, dental injuries do occur in car accidents more often than people may think. Accident victims with these types of injuries may wonder whether they have the right to pursue compensation for their dental bills.

Our Fort Worth-area car crash lawyers are prepared to help you pursue compensation for your damages after a crash. This includes compensation for any dental expenses. If your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for medical bills, dental bills, lost wages and other damages.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation. There are no upfront fees for our services, and you only pay us when we win.

What Are the Common Types of Dental Injuries Experienced in a Crash?

Dental injuries frequently occur in car accidents that force a person’s face against a hard object. This could include the steering wheel, windshield or side panel of a vehicle. Some of the most common dental injuries suffered in an accident may include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Dislodged teeth
  • Lost teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Cracked crown
  • Chipped teeth
  • Damage to dental implants
  • And more

These injuries may require extensive dental work, including:

  • Crown replacement
  • Dental implants
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Veneers
  • Bone grafting
  • Oral surgery Emergency dental visits
  • And more

Accident victims who experience a broken jaw may be able to seek treatment under the umbrella of oral care. This type of injury may not only require emergency treatment, but it may also involve extensive physical therapy. Some people who sustain a broken jaw may be unable to eat solid foods for weeks, resulting in additional expenses for ensuring proper nutrition.

Whose Insurance Covers the Costs of My Dental Injuries?

Texas is an at-fault state, meaning injury victims can file a claim with the liability insurance of the driver who caused the collision.

It may be in your best interest to speak to our attorneys before talking to the insurance company. One reason is that the liable insurance company is almost certain to make you a lowball settlement offer. This initial offer may sound good, but it will not even begin to cover the full extent of your damages.

It is impossible to know the full extent of your damages immediately after an accident. Even if you went to the emergency room and were evaluated by a medical professional, you are likely still in the early stages of your recovery. This means there will be additional medical costs until you reach your maximum recovery point.

Let our attorneys, who have experience dealing with insurance companies, handle this process on your behalf.

What if the Insurance Company Denies My Claim?

You have the right to pursue compensation for all your damages, including any dental injuries you suffered in the crash. Therefore, if the insurance company denies your claim, you may be able to appeal the decision or sue. If you decide to file a lawsuit, our attorneys have experience in the courtroom as well.

Sometimes a claim may not be fully denied. For example, the insurance company may agree to compensate you for other damages but not your dental injuries. They may even try to argue the dental injuries did not occur due to the car accident. They may also try to argue that you were responsible for your dental injuries if you were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Our attorneys are prepared to help establish the link between the accident and your dental injuries. Even if you were not wearing a seatbelt, we may still be able to help you recover the compensation you need.

How Can I Link My Dental Injuries to the Crash?

One of the most important parts of an accident claim is proving that the negligent actions of another individual directly resulted in your damages. This means you must link your injuries directly to the accident.

For dental injuries, your dental records may serve as evidence. Your dentist’s notes should help to link your tooth and mouth injuries to the crash. Your expenses should also be documented by the dentist’s office so you can prove the amount of the costs associated with your treatment.

The insurance company may try to argue the dental work was required due to pre-existing conditions. However, your dental records may help to disprove this argument, especially if you have a clean dental history with no prior oral issues.

Call a Licensed Attorney Today

If you suffered any dental or oral injuries in a crash caused by someone else, you have the right to pursue compensation for your dental bills and other damages. The insurance company may try to deny or underpay your claim, but our attorneys are prepared to help.

With over 50 years of combined experience, our lawyers are ready to thoroughly investigate your claim and build a strong case for full compensation. We have successfully recovered millions on behalf of our clients by negotiating with the insurance companies and taking them to court when necessary.

We do not charge you any upfront fees, and the initial consultation is free.

Call (817) 920-9000 today to get started.