Working in your field, you’re around sharp objects and chemicals. You may be at risk of falls and other accidents, too. With any of these, one of the things you need to be aware of is the risk of facial injuries.
Facial injuries, which can be anything from chemical burns to lacerations, may influence how you look now and in the future. Severe injuries may result in the dysfunction of your jaw or eyes. Treatments may be painful and upsetting, too, especially because of how many nerve endings are in the facial region.
If you suffer from facial injuries on the job, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as you can. Earlier treatment may help the medical team give you more options for preserving the function of your jaw or other parts of your face as well as to mitigate scarring and other damage that may change how you look in the future.
What kinds of treatment are there for facial injuries?
The kinds of treatment available vary based on the specific injuries. For broken bones, rest or surgery may be needed. For example, a jaw that has been badly broken may need to be surgically repaired and wired shut for some time.
For chemical burns, another cause of some facial wounds, skin grafts and surgeries might be required depending on the severity of those wounds.
For larger cuts and lacerations, stitches might be required (at a minimum) and you may want to discuss options for reducing scarring or damage as the area heals.
With facial injuries, other injuries may also be present
When someone suffers from facial wounds, they may also be linked to additional underlying issues. If you hit your head hard enough to cut your face or you have eye injuries from caustic chemicals, go to the emergency room. You may have additional injuries, such as spinal damage or injuries to your teeth or mouth that aren’t yet apparent.
If you’re hurt on the job, remember that workers’ compensation should cover your injuries. Let your employer know that you’ve been hurt. Then, when you’re medically stable, you can start your claim.