I chipped several of my teeth in a car accident—will I be able to receive compensation even though my dental insurance considers fixing them a cosmetic procedure?
In some car accidents, victims may not even realize they are hurt. The adrenaline felt post-crash, combined with the fact that many soft tissue injuries take hours or even days to manifest, may mask the fact that injuries have occurred.
Other injuries may be overlooked because they play a distant second fiddle to more serious injuries. Many people have suffered broken bones in a crash only to realize later, as you did, that they chipped or cracked several teeth.
Dental Injuries Are Common in Car Accidents
While not commonly associated with car accidents, chipped teeth are a common—and often painful—result of the impact forces felt by vehicle occupants. Whiplash forces or an impact with the steering wheel, dashboard, or airbag can easily damage teeth and dental work, but car accident victims and insurance companies alike may not take these injuries seriously right away.
While your dental insurance provider may consider the fix for your dental injury to be cosmetic, your chipped teeth are the result of an accident, which means you may be entitled to compensation to cover the costs of your treatment.
Because both the dental and auto insurance companies may be reluctant to consider your chipped teeth anything but cosmetic, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible after your accident. Tell both your doctor and your dentist about your dental injuries as they relate to your wreck, and be prompt in seeking treatment to prevent the insurance companies from denying your claim.
Act Quickly After an Car Accident to Ensure Your Case—and Your Teeth—Are in Good Shape!
As is the case with every auto accident, if you have been injured, it is important to see your doctor (and dentist, when applicable!) as soon after the accident as possible. The longer you wait to seek medical attention, the more ammunition the insurance company gathers to claim that your injuries were not related to your accident.
You should also download your free copy of Understanding Georgia Automobile Accident Claims: A Claimant’s Guide to learn what to expect throughout the rest of the claims process. Next, you should contact our car accident attorneys to learn more about your right to pursue legal action and seek compensation for your injuries.
Augusta Car Accident Attorneys Here to Fight for Your Rights
If you have suffered dental injuries in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries. If you encounter resistance from the insurance companies, an experienced auto accident injury attorney can help. From our firm headquarters in Augusta, we proudly defend injured victims throughout Georgia and South Carolina. To discuss your case with an attorney in a free consultation today, contact us online or call our office directly at (706) 690-4613.