A car accident can result in many injuries to different parts of your body. The severity of all injuries will depend on the circumstance and the force of the impact. But a close look at the type of insurance claims and personal injury claims filed will show that certain injuries are to be expected more often. This article covers several common injuries resulting from auto accidents.
Injuries to the neck
Neck injuries stemming from an automobile accident include whiplash, neck strain, and more serious injuries like a cervical dislocation or an injury to a disc. Cervical dislocation is the breaking of the neck or snapping of the spine in one fluid motion.
Injuries to the spinal cord
Damage to the spinal cord occurs when displaced fragments of bones, disc material or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. This destroys the component in nerve cells responsible for carrying signals from your brain to all major organs in the body. Spinal cord damage will often result in a loss of function or feeling to the extremities in an accident victim.
Injuries to your own mental wellbeing
Automobile accidents can result in serious injuries and even loss of life, as is evident from the potential for cervical dislocation in sudden stop accidents. The damage can leave a driver and his passengers suffering from long-term or short emotional distress, possibly manifesting in ongoing anxiety and PTSD for any person involved in the crash. These common injuries from auto accidents can take a toll on every facet of life and have a long-lasting impact on anyone choosing to get behind the wheel again.
Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries
It is possible for an automobile accident to cause a traumatic brain injury when the external force of a car accident, the sudden deceleration of the vehicle as it collides with another object, bruises the brain. The injury may lead to a permanent or temporary impairment of the brain’s proper function. TBI’s are the most common in side-impact accidents.
The diagnosis of a brain injury can be difficult, often calling for expensive CT scans or MRI scans to provide a doctor with an image of the damaged area.
Understanding what to expect from an automobile accident will help you determine how best to handle your auto accident case. Injuries will happen and they may take days, weeks or even months to fully present to even a well-versed medical professional. Your case will depend greatly upon the severity of damages and injuries, and there is likely complex litigation involved. Handling your own case will be difficult. At Hunter Law we navigate rough waters, allowing you time to concentrate on improving your health quickly.