When an individual is involved in a car accident, the injuries that they might sustain can range from minor bumps and bruises to more serious, debilitating, and life-changing injuries. Depending on the nature and the extent of injuries, an accident victim can face expensive and extensive medical treatment, lost wages, and ongoing expenses such as those associated with occupational and physical therapy.
Common Injuries Caused by Auto Accidents
The following are some of the more common injuries that individuals might suffer in a car accident:
- Whiplash is a common neck injury that happens when your neck and head are moved suddenly back and forward in a whip-like motion. This type of injury can cause severe pain in the neck, but it can also radiate to your shoulders and arms. A whiplash injury is usually not apparent right after a car crash and typically takes a few days before an accident victim feels the effects of the injury.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. Car crashes are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs can even occur in the course of a minor or slower-speed accident. Whether your TBI was the result of hitting your head against the dashboard or steering wheel, or of being thrown from your vehicle, it is important to seek medical treatment right away.
- Spinal Cord Damage. Spinal cord injuries are some of the most catastrophic and devastating injuries one can sustain in a car crash. When an individual’s spinal cord is permanently damaged or severed, the end result is usually paralysis. Nerve damage from a spinal cord injury can also lead to serious and lasting complications.
- Herniated Discs. A herniated disc is one of the more common back injuries that an individual might sustain in a car crash. Typically, what occurs is that the force of the car accident will place stress on an individual’s spinal column causing the vertebrae to move out of place and separate. These types of injuries are also referred to as ruptured discs or slipped discs.
- Broken Bones. Fractures that occur as the result of a car accident can be painful and can take a lengthy period of time to completely heal. Broken bones can also require rehabilitative treatment and physical therapy, and unfortunately, they can also lead to disfigurement or permanent disability.
- Injuries to the Extremities. Injuries that happen to the limbs, such as feet and legs, are very common injuries that occur as the result of a car crash. For instance, the feet or legs of an individual can become crushed, trapped, or even traumatically amputated depending on the facts and circumstances of the
- Internal Injuries. These types of injuries are not necessarily apparent immediately after an accident. However, internal injuries can also be some of the most severe that an individual might sustain, particularly since they can damage vital organs and/or cause life-threatening internal bleeding.
If you or someone you know has sustained injuries in a car accident, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon after the accident as possible. It is also important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine whether you have any potential claim for damages.