The zygomatic bone is also known as the cheekbone, zygomatic arch, malar bone, zygoma, or yoke bone. The word “zygomatic” stems from the Greek word “zygon” which means yoke or crossbar. As one of the bones in the skull, this small and quadrangular bone is connected to the maxilla, the temporal bone, the sphenoid bone, and the frontal bone. The zygomatic bone is a paired bone, meaning there is one on each side of the body.
A fracture or break in the zygomatic bone is known as a zygomatic fracture or cheekbone fracture. Facial injuries and fractures can cause a great deal of physical pain and also affect how you look. In some cases, facial fractures can also impact sight, speech, and the ability to swallow and breathe. Many facial fractures require surgery, which is accompanied by a risk of complication and infection. Healing from a facial fracture can take weeks or months.
Zygomatic Fracture Causes & Associated Injuries
A person can fracture facial bones a number of different ways. Some of the most common causes are motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, staircase falls, gunshots, stabbings, assaults, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents. Because many of the facial bones are connected together, many times a person with a facial fracture has more than one broken bone. Zygomatic fractures are commonly associated with other injuries to the skull, face, and neck, including:
- Basilar skull fractures
- Linear skull fractures
- Mandibular fractures
- Nasal fractures
- Orbital fractures
- Occipital fractures
- C1 vertebra fractures
- C2 vertebra fractures
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Compensation for Zygomatic Fractures
If you or a member of your family has suffered a facial fracture in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Money awarded in a California personal injury lawsuit or settlement can include damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Future plastic surgeries
- Lost earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering.
Contact a California personal injury attorney at Estey & Bomberger to find out how you can protect your rights and recover the full and fair compensation you are entitled to. We will determine the source and cause of your injuries, gather evidence, and hold the responsible party fully accountable for your injuries and pain.
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