Every year, roughly 3 million Americans are injured in automobile accidents. These injuries can range from mild to catastrophic. The severity of injuries depends on several factors such as speed, collision type, position of the vehicles at the time of impact, and if those involved were wearing their seatbelts.
Here are some of the more common injuries that can come from car accidents.
1. Whiplash. When your head is thrown forward and then jerked back suddenly, whiplash can result. This neck sprain can cause pain and stiffness in the neck. Often, the onset of whiplash is days after the incident. While whiplash is often thought of as a less serious injury, this is not always the case. Sometimes whiplash can trigger serious complications, such as concussion.
2. Concussions. A head injury such as a concussion requires medical attention. Symptoms could include headaches, dizziness, temporary loss of consciousness, slurred speech or vomiting.
3. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This more serious brain injury can have devastating and life-long impacts for victims and their families. A brain injury can impact nearly every facet of your life including your mood, memory, and ability to work. Recovery may be slower and less predictable than a concussion.
4. Fractures. Drivers and passengers can end up with broken bones in a car crash. For instance, a driver bracing herself with her hand on the wheel could end up with a broken wrist.
5. Sprains and strains. The muscles and tendons can be strained during the impact of a crash. While many of these injuries can be minor, others can trigger debilitating pain that takes weeks, months, or even years to resolve.
6. Herniated discs. Discs act as small cushions between our vertebrae. When one of these discs becomes displaced, the pain can be acute. Your range of motion may also be limited and tingling and numbness down the legs is also common. A suspected herniated disc needs prompt medical attention.
7. Mental harms. It’s worth noting that not all car accident injuries are visible. Many people suffer extreme anxiety and depression after a crash. PTSD is also a reality for many victims. If seeking medical care for injuries following a crash, do not neglect your mental health in the process.
Call an Injury Attorney for Help with your Claim
If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s careless driving, please call an injury attorney for assistance. The team at Ladenburg Law always offers free consultations and will only charge you a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement.