Depending on how serious a car accident is, it can cause any number of different injuries to any part of the body. If you have ever taken a look at various insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits, you will see that some injuries are much more common than others. In this blog post, we will discuss the most common car accident injuries.
- Brain and head injuries are one of the most common injuries that drivers suffer from and range from a mild concussion to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sometimes if there no physical signs of any trauma such as cuts or bruises, the brain is still at risk of being jostled inside the skull due to the impact of the crash.
- Neck injury can be mild or serious. Mild injuries may include neck strain and whiplash, while something more severe may include cervical radiculopathy and disc injury.
- Back injury is also on the list. Specific injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, disc injury, spinal cord injury, and more. Much like head and neck injuries, even very severe back injuries may not present themselves right away. Back injury can cause long-lasting pain and discomfort.
- Facial injuries due to a car accident can be caused by almost anything, such as the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, shattered glass, and more. They range in severity from scrapes and bruises to lacerations and fractures.
- Psychological injuries are a concern as well. Many serious car accidents result in death, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and can develop symptoms that resemble post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Questions for a Car Accident Lawyer
Q. Will the severity of the accident and seriousness of the injury always have a direct relationship?
A. Not necessarily. For the most part, major accidents will often cause major injuries and minor accidents result in little to no injury. Sometimes, however, you may read about a car involved in an accident that was completely totaled and the driver ends up walking away unharmed. The opposite can also be true where what looks like a minor car accident can result in severe injuries.
Q. Are car accident injuries obvious right after?
A. There are many cases where the victim will be very aware of their injury right after the collision, but in many cases, they might not show up until later. Because of the trauma of the crash, the body will produce its own pain killers called endorphins and any adrenaline will mask pain. Once this wears off, intense pain can be experienced.
Q. What do I do if I suspect I have a car accident injury?
A. The most important thing you can do is receive medical attention right away, even if you think you’re fine. After this, it may be in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney who deals with these types of cases.
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