Your entire life can change in an instant when you are involved in a car accident. It is especially difficult when the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence and you feel that there may be no resolution in sight. Although you can experience almost any type of injury in a car crash, there are some we tend to see again and again with our clients.
Following are some of the most frequent car accident injuries:
During a car accident, your body may move and contort in ways that it is not meant to and at speeds that are not typical. This can lead to injuries in your back and neck. If you feel discomfort in either area, it is likely that you are experiencing whiplash and it can take several weeks to recover. Whiplash is essentially a strain on the muscles and ligaments in your neck and back. Although whiplash seldom leads to permanent injury, it may sometimes mask more serious injury.
When a car crash occurs, drivers and passengers often brace for impact, tensing their arms. The shoulder can’t necessarily handle the impact of the hit, and this can lead to muscle and ligament tears or breaks. A rotator cuff, a fracture, or a shoulder dislocation can lead to limited mobility and pain, and these types of injuries can occur even in low-speed car accidents.
When you are involved in a car accident, even the smallest impact can lead to injury. Hitting your knee on the dashboard can lead to kneecap and ligament trauma. This can lead to you needing crutches, a knee brace, or even surgery. Always seek medical attention, as even a small injury can lead to complications.
Broken and fractured bones
Broken bones are among the most common injuries from car crashes. These injuries are caused when parts of your body are under so much pressure they literally break. Broken bones typically do not cause life-threatening or permanent injury unless complications set in. Some cases can be more serious than others and you may need to undergo surgery to heal. Recovery for these types of injuries is different for everyone.
Internal bleeding is a life-threatening emergency that happens when your organs suffer trauma and begin to bleed. The bleeding needs to be stopped immediately before it becomes life-threatening. Internal bleeding is most commonly seen during high-speed collisions, but can happen under a number of circumstances.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Not all injuries from a car accident are physical. One of the most common psychological injuries sustained in a car accident is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This can cause a victim to become fearful of driving, suffering from emotional issues, and avoiding certain sights and sounds that can be triggering. Many people experiencing PTSD find help with treatment and therapy.
The most common type of spinal injury is a herniated disc. A disc can be herniated when a vertebra in the spine shifts out of place or ruptures. A herniated disc can lead to long-term complications, and treatment varies depending on the severity of the injury. Physical therapy may be enough for some patients, while other cases may require surgery and extended treatment.
Spinal cord injuries
The spinal cord is a very sensitive and important part of your entire body. Spinal cord injuries from car accidents can cause permanent loss of function, strength, and sensation. Severe spinal cord injuries can require a lifetime of medical care, treatment, and assistance, including long-term chronic pain.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury can range from a concussion to severe brain trauma. Some TBIs require lifelong treatment, depending on the severity. Traumatic brain injuries can change the way the brain functions, processes emotions, and handles information. Although many TBIs resolve on their own, some will cause a victim lifelong and chronic issues.
Loss of limb
One of the most permanent and life-altering injuries you can sustain during a car accident is the loss of a limb. These are known as catastrophic injuries, and cause permanent disability to the victim. Patients with loss of limb typically have ongoing medical costs for the rest of their lives.
Although you cannot avoid negligent and reckless drivers, you can help keep yourself safe by always wearing your seatbelt and observing the speed limit. If you are involved in a car or truck accident, ensure you get a police report and medical attention. Document and save everything related to your crash and injuries, and then consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you will need the help of a firm with over 15 years of experience. The Hayden Law Firm is ready to secure financial compensation on your behalf when you are injured through the fault of another party. We serve the greater St Louis area and Illinois. Call us today at 314-480-3100 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation. You can also complete our online contact form.
Attorney Amanda L. Hayden has dedicated her legal career to fearlessly advocating for clients and their families after their lives have been devastated by the careless and/or reckless conduct of others.
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