What Are the Most Common Injuries in a Car Accident?
Common injuries in a car accident include:
- Brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Scarring, puncture wounds, and bruising
- Torn ligaments
- Torn muscles
- Emotional trauma
If you suffered any of these injuries in a car accident that was even partially the fault of another, you may be entitled to recover substantial compensation for your physical and emotional injuries.
Car Accidents Can Lead to Serious Injuries
Common injuries in car accidents include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions
Injuries to the head and brain include fractures, internal bleeding, and concussions. Someone who suffers a brain injury in a car accident could have lingering health problems, such as:
- Persistent headaches
- A loss of memory
- An inability to concentrate
- A change in personality
All of these injuries to the brain can greatly affect a victim’s ability to work in the future. Doctors may struggle to diagnose a brain injury, which can lengthen the amount of time the victim needs to go through rehabilitation, according to Mount Sinai. Some people never recover fully from a brain injury.
In a violent crash, the victim could suffer damage to the spinal cord, either through a crushing blow or through the force of the crash. A spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis in the worst-case scenario. Victims may never be able to walk again after a serious spinal cord injury, creating a significant change in the victim’s quality of life.
Some spinal cord injuries involve swelling in the spinal column. The victim may regain movement once the swelling alleviates, but it may require significant rehabilitation work.
Because of the force involved in a car accident, victims often suffer broken bones. Even minor impacts may result in broken bones.
Broken bones in car crashes may include:
- Vertebrae in the back or neck
If someone suffers broken bones in the back or neck, this could lead to significant disability and pain, leaving the victim with weakness in the limbs and with an inability to return to the same job he or she held prior to the accident. Arthritis may also result from broken bones.
Emotional Trauma Is Another Common Result of Car Accidents
Beyond physical injuries, it is common for the victim of a car accident to suffer emotional trauma as well. These types of injuries can cause a significant reduction in the victim’s quality of life, and they may create long-term health problems.
They may include:
- An inability to sleep because of nightmares
- Flashbacks to the crash
- The onset of depression
- The onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- High levels of anxiety
- Fear of driving or riding in a car
Should the victim suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the crash, changes to the victim’s personality and significant mood swings are also possible, creating emotional friction with friends and family members that affects the victim’s relationships.
We Are Ready to Help You Fight for Damages for Your Injuries
After a car accident in which you suffered injuries due to the fault of another, you may have the ability to seek damages for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and a reduction in quality of life. Our team is ready to evaluate your damages and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you have been involved in a car accident, follow this simple advice in order to protect your rights:
- Call the police and request an ambulance
- Obtain medical attention to evaluate your injuries immediately
- Take photographs
- Collect the names of any witnesses to your accident
- Do not give any statements to representatives of the at-fault party
- Do not post on social media about your accident or injuries
- Follow up with medical providers for treatment, if necessary
- Contact a qualified and experienced lawyer to discuss your rights
Get Help from an Accident Attorney Today
If you were injured in a car accident that was the fault of another, a New York car accident attorney can help you secure a financial recovery. At Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, we have been fighting for the rights of injury victims since 1988. Our primary goal is to help our clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries.
However, there are deadlines that affect your rights. If you fail to bring your claim within the necessary timeframe, it could prevent you from recovering compensation. To avoid these types of issues, let our experienced lawyers handle your claim. Call now for a free case review.
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