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Common Injuries Resulting From Car Accidents

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Accident injuries can range in severity from mild whiplash to permanent paralysis, and even death. Because there are many different types of car accidents there can be different types of injuries. Accidents can result from:

  • Side-impact collisions
  • Vehicle rollovers
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Distracted driving accidents

Here are some of the most common types of injuries that people suffer from after they have been involved in a car accident.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries encompasses a large category of illnesses that affect the brain after the victim has suffered a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. There are different types of traumatic brain injury such as:

  • Concussion
  • Diffuse axonal injury
  • Coup-contrecoup
  • Hypoxic brain injury (an injury that has occurred in another part of the body but disrupts blood flow to the brain)

Bruising, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain can lead to long-term complications. Immediate or delayed symptoms of traumatic brain injury can include, but are certainly not limited to, confusion, blurry vision, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. The person may also experience muscle weakness, loss of vision, and changes in speech.

Injuries to Joints

Injuries to the joints can be mild to severe, from bruising or redness of the joint to injuries that require surgery. Usually the joint, such as the wrist or the ankle or the elbow, has a limited range of motion and weakened muscle strength until the joint has fully healed.

The most common joint injuries from car accidents include:

  • Torn ACL in the knee
  • Strains and sprains throughout the body
  • Separated shoulder
  • Dislocation
  • Rotator cuff tears

Bruises and Cuts

During a car accident there is a lot of broken glass, metal or plastic pieces that have been sharply bent or torn. When one car slams into another, it crunches the amount of space that the passengers have around them, so cuts and bruises are very common. This is why it is also important to dial 911 immediately so that rescue professionals can remove victims from the crashed vehicles and help them to avoid the sharp debris.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can include injuries to the any part of the spine including:

  • Ligaments
  • Discs
  • Vertebrae

When the tiny bones in the spine are crushed, they can break and cut into the surrounding sensitive tissue. The discs can also become dislocated in the spine. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can result in permanent damage to the nervous system that interferes with motor function.

Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding can be caused by the sudden impact against a seatbelt or solid object in the car. This is a life-threatening condition that must be treated right away.

Broken Ribs

Ribs are very fragile and break much more easily than other bones. This is why they are common injuries in any sort of car accident.

What To Do When You Have Been Injured

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or their criminal intent, then you deserve to be compensated by the liable party if you used your medical insurance to pay for your treatment. You will need copies of your medical bills, the police report and documentation describing your diagnosis from a certified physician. Try find out more about personal injury cases via research before proceeding to a lawsuit.

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