It’s obvious that you can suffer serious injuries during a car accident. Here’s a list of the most frequent injuries that can occur.
Common Injuries Suffered During Car Accidents
**Brain injuries. ** TBIs, or traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur if a person suffers a blow to the head. TBIs range in seriousness. They can be mild and able to heal on their own with rest, or severe, such as an injury that causes impairment of speech, vision, concentration, memory, and emotional control. Recently, TBIs have been linked to depression and suicide. Even if you have suffered the slightest bump to your head during a car accident, it’s important that you see a doctor immediately. Even a mild concussion can have dangerous and life-long consequences.
Whiplash. Whiplash is a common occurrence in a car accident. This happens when the neck stretches and then quickly snaps back into place. It’s typically caused by a sudden stop or acceleration that usually occurs in a car accident. It can cause damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks, or the spinal cord itself. In extreme cases, whiplash can cause paralysis or the ability of limbs to function.
Chest injuries. The impact of a car accident can break ribs and/or the sternum. This occurs in many car accidents where the passengers in the car are not wearing their seat belts at the time of the impact. Airbags in dashboards and steering wheels have created a decrease in these types of injuries, but they still occur often.
Leg, knee, and foot injuries. These types of injuries are commonly caused when legs and knees smash into parts of the car on impact. This can create bruises and fractures, and also tears along the meniscus in the kneee.
Working with a Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been in a car accident, and have suffered an injury, you should immediately contact a car accident attorney that can help you get a settlement that covers any medical expenses, or pay loses that result from time recovering.