Unfortunately car accidents happen every day, and if you live in California you can see the results of auto accidents everyday on your local news station. Auto accident injuries can range from minor (like a few cuts and bruises) all the way to catastrophic (death). Injuries sustained from car accidents could cause a person to take time off work, lead to hospitalization or result in continuing treatment for extended periods of time. Most major car accident injuries are immediately apparent but others may take a few hours or even days to become more apparent. Any experienced auto accident attorney will tell you that it’s critical to get a complete physical check-up in the event of an accident even if things don’t “seem” that bad because of that.
There are many different types and levels of injuries that can happen from an auto accident. It all depends on the nature, intensity and circumstances of the crash. Head, neck and back injuries are the most common areas on a persons body that are affected. However, car accidents also often have an impact on internal organs as well as pretty much any other part of your body.
Here are some of the most common types of car accident injuries:
Head Injuries: One of the worst injuries that can happen in an auto accident are traumatic brain injuries. An injury of this type is classified as a catastrophic injury. They can have lifelong impacts on the injured victim or even result in death. Brain injuries may lead to temporary and permanent impairment of the brain functions. Skull fractures, swelling of the brain, and nerve damage can all be a part of head injuries.
Neck Injuries: You may have heard of the term “whiplash” before and its one of the most common types of auto injuries. A whiplash effects the soft tissues in the neck and will impair neck and head movement of a victim. Movement impairment may be temporary, but for some, it can become a permanent condition and affect all aspects of a victims life. Other than very minor whiplash, it often requires physical and rehabilitative therapy. Other common types of neck injuries include neck sprain, neck strain, pinched nerve and herniated discs.
Spinal Cord Injuries: These injuries can be very complex and very difficult to treat. From different levels of paralysis to involving internal organs, spinal cord injuries can be catastrophic. Quadriplegia or paraplegia where victims suffer loss of motor function and lack of feeling or sensation can be the worst results. Spinal cord injuries can also affect bowel and bladder functioning, sexual functioning, blood pressure and body temperature. Suffering chronic or permanent pain is common. Because the spinal cord is so essential, injury victims usually require long-term medical care and treatment and can have extremely high medical bills.
Back Injuries: Besides the actual spinal cord, other back injuries can also occur in car accidents. Herniations, disc bulges, fractures, pinched nerves and other conditions could cause significant pain to victims and could call for extended treatment and therapy. This will also result in high medical bills because of the complexity of all back injuries.
Broken bones or fractures: A large percentage of car accidents result in broken bones or some type of serious fracture. Usually broken bones that happened as a result of an auto accident are far worse than broken bones caused by a fall because of the amount of force involved in a car crash. Fractures sustained in car accidents are also more likely to require surgery because of this reason. The possibility of necessary reconstructive surgery along with metal hardware to secure bones raises the cost of medical bills as well as recovery times for victims.
Internal Organs: Damage to internal organs is usually serious and potentially fatal when sustained as a result of a car accident. Internal organs such as kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs or the even heart can be damaged. Fractured ribs, which are a common in car accidents, have the ability to puncture lungs and other internal organs. Most injuries involving internal organs require hospitalization.
If you or your loved ones have been injured as the result of a car accident, you may seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, and other costs relating to hospitalization, medication, surgeries, and continuing treatment and therapy expenses. Please contact an experienced car accident lawyer at the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group to find out more information about how you can pursue your legal rights.
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