MOST COMMON INJURIES FROM A CAR ACCIDENTLast updated on: October 13, 2022
If you are one of the millions who drive to work each and every day, the chances that you will experience at least one car accident are not negligible. Though a great number of car accidents may lead to no catastrophic damages or injuries, there are still a great number of accidents that do lead to injuries that can take months or years to recover from.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Zinda Law Group at (888) 912-5366 for a free consultation with one of our car accident injury lawyers.
Chest, Seat Belt Injury
Chest injuries, like head injuries, can be merely superficial. This means just bruises or scrapes. However, internal damages can occur as well. Broken ribs are common in severe car accidents. Often, broken ribs can occur because the seat belt restricts during a crash. Injuries can also occur when the chest hits the steering wheel with tremendous force.
Stomach Injury; Internal Organ Injury And Internal Bleeding
Injuries to internal organs or internal bleeding can be caused by blunt force trauma, such as when you collide with a heavy object; or penetrative trauma, which is when a foreign object penetrates the body.
Back And Knee Injuries
The intensity of back pain varies drastically from person to person. Different people may experience different symptoms, even if they have the same diagnosed condition.
Because of this variable in back injuries, experts typically categorize a patient’s back pain into one of three major categories:
Axial pain generally refers to pain that occurs in one spot or region of a patient’s body. Axial pain is usually considered mechanical, which means that the pain typically gets worse with extensive movement or certain positions. This type of pain is commonly seen in the lower back region and is the most common type of back pain among Americans.
Referred pain tends to move around a patient’s body and vary in intensity throughout the day. This type of pain may start in the back and move to a patient’s thigh or neck region. Other cases of referred pain may involve back pain that is not caused by a back injury at all. Consequently, cases of referred pain may be tricky to diagnose and treat.
Radicular pain is revered as the most serious case of back pain and is commonly described as searing or shock-like pain. This type of pain follows the path of the spinal nerve and exits along the spinal canal, resulting in severe discomfort. Radicular pain is commonly caused by chronic conditions like a herniated disk, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis.
Although these three types of back pain are the most generally considered, some experts recognize outlier cases that may not fall into one of these categories at all. As a result, individuals experiencing back discomfort or pain should contact a medical professional for adequate treatment.
In addition to the long list of types of back injuries that can occur, knee injuries impacting a victim’s mobility are also a danger.
Spinal Cord Injuries And Paralysis
Spinal cord injuries are very serious because of the central function that our spine plays in our mobility. As opposed to things like hand injuries which may be able to be fixed through something like a cast, spinal cord injuries can require extensive surgeries or even years of physical therapy to fully address.
In the worst cases, spinal cord injuries can lead to partial or complete paralysis. Partial paralysis may mean that a victim needs to spend the rest of their life in a wheelchair. In the worst-case scenario, an accident victim may be left totally paralyzed after their crash. In either case, the life of an accident victim will clearly be drastically altered. In these situations, a car accident attorney may be able to help fight on your behalf for fair compensation for the impact that an accident may have on your quality of life.
Nerve damage is extremely serious because nerves allow us to function and live normal, healthy lives. There are a variety of different types of nerve damage that can occur from an accident and a number of signs that you may be suffering from nerve damage. Those signs include: a tingling sensation in your extremities, weakness or pain in your muscles, twitching or uncontrolled muscle movements, and greater sensitivity in the skin to fluctuation in temperature.
Fractures And Broken Bones
Broken bones are a common injury resulting from a car accident. The impact of the car crashing into other vehicles or stationary objects can propel a victim’s body parts into the dashboard, steering wheel, windows, or windshield. This force can result in mild to severe bone fractures.
Neck Or Skull Injuries
One injury that is most commonly associated with car accidents is whiplash; which is damage to the soft tissue in the neck or upper back that happens when the head is jerked forward very suddenly. Whiplash can range from relatively minor to severe.
In addition, if something crashes into your head or your head crashes into something inside of the car, then damage to the skull can occur. Skull damage clearly needs to be treated very seriously and addressed immediately.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (Tbi)
Head injuries are perhaps the most disastrous of car accident injuries. Head injuries can occur when your head hits the window or steering wheel of your car. While a small cut or bruise is nothing to be too concerned about, closed head injuries like a concussion can lead to more devastating consequences such as permanent brain damage.
Lacerations, Bruises, And Road Rash
When you are involved in a car accident, many objects can fly into the air and hit you. For instance, sports supplies, cellphones, or coffee mugs inside the vehicle can cause cuts if they fly at you with enough force. Though most cuts and scrapes can be minor, some may require more intense procedures such as stitches. Your airbags can also be a cause of cuts and scrapes.
If an accident victim is thrown from the car, another one of the resulting injuries can be road rash. Road rash is a sort of burn that results from skidding across the asphalt at high speeds. This sort of injury can be very painful to recover from.
Though rare, cars can catch on fire after a collision. If a car starts burning with a passenger or driver trapped inside, severe burn injuries are possible.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd)
Though we think of car accidents or most other accidents as simply affecting the physical body, we must not forget that there can be mental effects as well, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A severe car accident can cause a person to no longer function as he or she once did before the accident. Many car accident victims are too anxious to be able to drive after an accident and some suffer from horrible flashbacks of the accident.
Crush injuries are a broader category of injuries that can occur when an object strikes a body part with extreme force. This can be many things, including the steering wheel of your own car or the other car involved in the accident. Many of the other injuries on this list can be categorized as crush injuries.
Wrist And Hand Injuries
Wrist and hand injuries may happen in a number of different ways, such as the bones in your hand being crushed or different types of muscular sprains that can occur. Whatever the type of hand or wrist injury a victim sustains, it can be particularly debilitating because of the frequency with which we all use our hands every day.
Limb Loss And Amputation
In the worst-case scenario, injuries to extremities like arms or legs may result in that limb needing to be amputated. Limb loss and amputation can result not only in an extremely painful situation, but can make life very difficult moving forward for the victim.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are those injuries that damage the body’s muscles, ligaments, or tendons. One of the most common soft tissue injuries after a motor vehicle accident is whiplash. Whiplash is often caused by the rapid motion that occurs in the head and neck after a collision. Whiplash can also affect the spine. Neck pain, headache, and blurred vision are some of the symptoms of whiplash.
Foot And Ankle Injuries
There are a number of different foot and ankle injuries that can result from a car accident. While foot and ankle injuries aren’t necessarily as life-threatening, they can drastically affect mobility.
Need Help? Contact Zinda Law Group
The experienced attorneys at Zinda Law Group may be able to help you with your car accident injury claim. After an accident, you shouldn’t have to worry about affording legal representation, which is why we work on a contingency fee basis. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
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