After a car accident, a victim could suffer from a multitude of injuries – and rarely does a victim have just one injury. The impact alone can cause injuries throughout the body, which leads to time off from work, excessive medical bills, and possibly long-term consequences. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. After all, you should not have to pay for medical bills and excessive costs for an accident that was not your fault.
What Are the Most Common Accident Injuries?
While car accident injuries will vary depending on the individual, speed, and type of vehicles involved, there are some common injuries seen by medical professionals. These five include:
- Head injuries. These are the most serious types of injuries after car accidents. Drivers and passengers alike can suffer from head trauma, especially when they are involved in high-speed collisions. When accident victims strike their head against a fixed object (such as the windshield or dashboard), the injuries become much more traumatic. Extensive medical treatment, sometimes long-term, is often required after a head injury occurs.
- Back injuries. Back injuries can range from minor to severe. Any time when the spinal cord is traumatized or damaged, it can lead to significant and permanent nerve damage. Some victims may have reduced sensation (temporarily or permanently), loss of control of limbs, or even permanent paralysis.
- Neck injuries. You may have heard of the term “whiplash,” which is a common type of injury that occurs to the neck. The sudden movement of the head and neck going back and forth can lead to serious ligament and muscle damage – known as soft tissue damage. This can cause excruciating pain that can be long-term for some victims.
- Lacerations and cuts. It is not uncommon for accident victims to have some sort of cuts on their skin – especially if glass has broken inside of the vehicle. While most of these cuts are superficial, there are some that can require surgery, or even put a victim at high-risk for infection.
- Bruising. The impact of an accident can lead to bruising throughout the body – especially where the seatbelt was placed on the chest and abdomen. If you were struck by your airbag, then you will likely have facial bruising from the impact.
Another common injury that most accident victims do not realize is emotional trauma. An accident takes an extreme emotional toll on a person. Serious accidents can leave emotional scars on those who have suffered injuries – as well as their loved ones. Often, counseling and post-traumatic stress disorder treatments are needed for the victim to fully recover.
Getting Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury after an accident, consider talking with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can evaluate your case risk-free, and can help you explore your legal options. In some cases, your attorney can file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance to help cover costs such as medical bills, lost wages, disability, and even emotional stress. The attorneys at The Slocum Firm, P.C. understand what you are going through. We want to assist you with your recovery process. Let us work toward getting you the compensation that you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today at 888-367-4577 or fill out our online contact form with your legal questions.