Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Accidents happen, and they can be scary, not to mention painful and confusing. These accidents can cause injury to any part of the body when they happen, but there are certain areas more prone to these injuries than others.
These injuries account for billions of dollars, along with stress, pain, and suffering on the victim’s part. Understand the common injuries that can happen in car accidents to get the whole picture. If you’ve suffered one of these injuries, let Lopez & Humphries, PA help you get the compensation you need for recovery.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Some of the most common car accident injuries are traumatic brain injuries or other injuries to the head. These injuries come with a series of problems on their own. Struggling through treatments, recovery time, and more can be daunting and tiring.
Traumatic brain injuries range from minor to severe depending on the force of the accident. The symptoms associated with these types of injuries include cognitive impairment, behavioral symptoms such as anxiety, and physical symptoms such as nausea and fatigue.
Specific types of vehicle accidents are more likely to cause traumatic brain injuries. These accidents include the following:
- Head-on collisions
- Car crashes involving larger vehicles
- When occupants are ejected from the vehicle
Injuries to the back and spinal cord are common in vehicle accidents when the body is jarred significantly by the accident. The human body is not built to sustain the heavy impact that comes from a vehicle accident.
The symptoms of back injuries will vary depending on where the spinal cord was affected and the severity of the accident. Some of the common symptoms include pain in your back, tingling or weakness in the legs, limited range of motion, and loss of bladder or bowel control. You may even feel fine immediately after the crash, which is why it’s vital to get medical aid right away.
These injuries can leave you with permanent spinal cord damage, which may impact your mobility or motion control. When this happens, you may need to speak with a lawyer about seeking compensation for the long-term suffering you’ve endured.
Injuries to the internal organs happen easily in vehicle accidents, especially when considering the seat belt’s placement. Any internal injuries should be looked into by a medical professional because internal bleeding can be very dangerous.
This blunt force may not show up right away after an accident. Bruising and pain may be apparent a while after the accident occurs. This type of injury does not penetrate into the skin and is almost silent. Unfortunately, that means these injuries may become life-threatening before you realize they’re there without medical intervention.
Being hit hard, pushed up against something, or impacted in any way can cause internal bleeding and injuries. It is important to watch for abdominal pain, swelling, bruising, dizziness, fainting, loss of consciousness, or other concerning symptoms.
Bones can break in a lot of accidents but are relatively common in serious car accidents. The breaks range from simple, non-complex breaks to serious fractures that are harder to set and treat.
The most common symptom of a fracture is pain, deformity in the injury region, or even exposed bone. There may be swelling and tenderness, along with bruising and a limited range of motion. These injuries can cause intense pain and may take months to recover from.
Burn injuries happen most often when the vehicles in the accident catch fire, or when your skin comes into contact with hot fluids, steam, or other liquids. These injuries may require skin grafts, surgery, or other treatments depending on the severity.
These burns can penetrate through only the top layer of the skin, or they can go through all the layers of skin. These burns can lead to lifelong problems and permanent scarring and range of motion. You may even be due compensation for the emotional distress that this disfigurement can cause, as well as your medical care and other costs.
Many think about the physical injuries that are sustained in vehicle accidents first, but there are also psychological damages that you may be compensated for. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common disorders that impact car accident survivors.
Nightmares, the inability to drive or even be in a vehicle, and other symptoms are noticed. When physical injuries occur, mental anguish and other sufferings may occur. These mental and emotional scars can stick around for some time after an accident and may require ongoing treatment.
Trust in a Law Office That Understands Car Accident Injuries
Not only do we understand injuries here at Lopez & Humphries, PA, but we understand compensation. It is important to speak with a law team that works with individuals that have been injured in car accidents and are seeking compensation.
You shouldn’t have to deal with your injuries and their costs alone. Call our office at 863-709-8500 or fill out our contact form to contact our experienced law office. We can schedule a time to speak with you about your unique situation during a free consultation.