Most Common Injuries After a Car Accident
Car accidents can cause a variety of serious personal injuries, including death. Many of these injuries are not immediately apparent right after the collision. It may take days or weeks for your neck or back to start hurting. If not treated, many types of injuries will worsen and could cause long term damage.
For your own well-being, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Without immediate medical attention, many insurance companies will dispute your claim even though your injuries and pain were the result of the accident. Seeking the advice of attorney may also help answer questions you may have and can protect your rights in the event that there is a dispute over culpability.
Here are the top 5 most common injuries following a car accident:
Auto accidents are the leading cause of brain trauma. Even a relatively minor accident or low-speed impact collision can result in a blow to the head that leads to a concussion. A severe injury could impair critical functions such as speech, vision, concentration, memory and emotional control. If you have suffered a head injury in a car crash, it is crucial that you get medical attention right away.
A “whiplash” type injury to the neck and upper back is a form of soft tissue injury that occurs when your head and neck get jerked back and forth in a whipping motion. In whiplash, the intervertebral joints (located between vertebrae), discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged, oftentimes causing a radiating pain on your arms and shoulders. Whiplash injuries may not surface until the day or days after the accident. A large percentage of whiplash victims never fully recover from their injuries. Many endure chronic pain afterwards and some even become permanently disabled.
Spinal Cord Damage
Any damage to the spine, no matter how minor, needs to be treated delicately. Spinal injuries are some of the most devastating injuries suffered in a car accident. When the spinal cord is severed or permanently damaged, the most common result is paralysis. Most paralysis victims will experience a loss of function or sensation below the injured portion of the spinal cord.
Internal injuries do not often manifest immediately after the accident but can be some of the most serious injuries. Examples of these injuries include punctured lungs, ruptured spleen and damage to other organs such as the kidneys and liver. These injuries require prompt medical attention and emergency care. It is important to be fully examined for internal bleeding or injury after a serious accident.
While broken bones are not typically life-threatening, they have the potential to cause significant physical pain and expense. Healing time, physical therapy and rehabilitative treatments could result in lost time at work and could also result in permanent disability or disfigurement.
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Filing all the claim forms and settlements can be daunting on your own. Following a car accident, victims may be tempted to settle for a quick to get the whole situation behind them. But the law can be confusing. That is why you need someone on your side who understands the law and can fight for your rights. An experienced attorney can answer your questions, investigate the accident and file your paperwork to ensure that your case is properly prepared and filed within the time limit required by the court.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact our Personal Injury Attorneys at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away.