Common Injuries in a Car Accident
A sudden car accident can happen to anyone at any time. The most common reasons for getting in one are: weather conditions, poor driving habits, bad pavement conditions or mechanical issues. Regardless of the cause of your accident, any part of your body is in danger of suffering an injury.
Depending on the force of the impact, you can suffer minor and serious injuries. And even if you feel that you just got a minor injury or that you didn’t get harmed at all some symptoms take hours, days or even months to appear. For the sake of your health, it is important that as soon as you start experiencing any symptoms you get checked by your healthcare provider, or even better, to get checked at the moment of the accident.
The most common injuries people suffer due to car accidents are:
- Scrapes and Cuts: Some objects from your car or other cars involved might get thrown around putting you in danger of getting scraps and cuts. This can be painful, if your cuts are not treated correctly they can get infected.
- Head and Brain injuries: Any type of blow to the head can cause inflammation of the brain. This is one of the most serious injuries, the symptoms can appear within hours or days after the accident and they’re difficult to identify unlike other type of injuries. If you have suffered a head injury during a car accident, you need to get checked by a doctor as soon as possible, getting a fast diagnosis and treatment can prevent you from getting long-term disabilities like loss of eyesight, hearing, memory, movement, and in the worst case, long-term coma or death.
- Neck Injuries: Due to a sudden acceleration-deceleration force during a car accident, your neck can go back-and-forth in a forceful and rapid movement, causing injury in the soft tissues of your neck. This type of neck trauma manifests itself differently in each person, but the injuries range from medium to severe. They’re usually self-treatable, self-diagnosable and the average time of healing is 12 weeks.
- Back Injuries: A sudden acceleration-deceleration force during the accident can also damage your spinal cord. An injury in the nerves of the spinal cord reduces sensation and or control over your extremities, in severe cases, the patient gets paralyzed.
- Soft Tissue Injuries and broken bones: When your body is suddenly subjected to and acceleration-deceleration force your muscles, tendons or ligaments are stretched and torn during the impact which can cause pain for short or long term. Not only your soft tissues are in danger, the impact can be strong enough to even cause broken bones. This will not only be painful, but also will likely take several months to heal after getting through several surgeries.
- Emotional Trauma: You might walk away from your car accident without a scratch and have no physical injuries, but that doesn’t mean your mental health will also be as strong as your physical health.
Have you suffered a car accident recently?
Some injuries are not easy to identify or don’t have immediate symptoms, contact a doctor immediately and get the fast and right treatment you need in order to recover.
A Personal Injury Lawyer at Lofranco Corriero Law Firm will answer all of your questions, regardless of the severity of your injury.
Our priority is to help you get through this difficult process and get you the compensation you need to recover your health before the accident.