Car crashes have the potential to result in major, life-changing injuries. Depending on the nature and severity of the injuries, victims may face significant financial challenges including medical expenses, lost income and continuing costs such as physical and occupational therapy. Here are the seven most common injuries suffered in car accidents.
1. Traumatic Brain Injuries
Auto accidents are the leading cause of brain trauma. Even seemingly minor accidents or low-speed collisions could result in major head injuries. There is the potential for traumatic brain injuries when you hit your head against the steering wheel or the dashboard, when you are thrown inside the vehicle or ejected from it. If you have suffered a head injury in a car crash, it is critical to get medical attention right away.
These are neck injuries that occur when your head and neck get jerked forward and back in a whipping motion. Whiplash can cause radiating pain on your arms and shoulders. Whiplash injuries may not surface soon after the accident. The pain may not be evident until the day after the accident or even until a few days later. Only half of all whiplash victims recover fully from their injuries. A large percentage of these victims endure chronic pain afterwards and some even become permanently disabled.
3. Herniated Discs
Disc herniation is one of the most common back injuries that occur in a car accident. The intense force during a car crash puts tremendous stress on the spinal column causing the vertebrae to separate and move out of place. These injuries are also sometimes called “slipped disc” or “ruptured discs.” If you feel a sharp pain in the back or legs, you should contact your doctor immediately. While it is possible to heal fully from these injuries, they often result in debilitating pain and disabilities.
4. Spinal Cord Damage
These are some of the most devastating and catastrophic injuries you can possibly suffer in a car accident. When the spinal cord is severed or permanently damaged, the most common result is paralysis. Some victims are paralyzed from the waist down and others from the chest down. Nerve damage in the spinal cord can also result in serious health complications.
5. Internal Injuries
These are injuries that often don't manifest immediately after the accident. These are also some of the most serious injuries because they cause damage to vital organs in the body. 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.
6. Injuries to the Extremities
Injuries to the limbs are extremely common in car accident. The legs and feet are in a vulnerable position because of where they are in the vehicle during the accident. For example, in a frontal collision, it is common to have legs and feet trapped or even crushed by the impact. It is also common to see limb amputations in car crashes, particularly in high-speed collisions.
7. Broken Bones
While these are not life-threatening injuries, they have the potential to cause significant physical pain and expense. Fractures often take several months to heal completely and require extensive physical therapy and rehabilitative treatments. Some could also result in permanent disability or disfigurement.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please do not rush to settle your claim before you have understood the scope of your injuries and the treatment that will be required. Contact an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer who can help guide you through the process.
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