5 Common Car Accident Injuries
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4.4 million people were injured and 38,300 people lost their lives in auto accidents in 2015. When the smoke and dust from the screeching tires stop, that’s often when the agony begins.
Car accident injuries aren’t just painful, they’re costly. Medical bills for treatment, any ongoing charges for therapy sessions, missed days of work and property damage are the hidden and often long-term expenses that can accumulate after a car accident.
No one wants to need a lawyer, but an attorney can ensure your rights are protected and your needs are met. The attorneys of Pierce | Skrabanek understand how car accidents affect all aspects of a victim’s life. We’d like to help ensure you receive proper treatment and compensation for:
1. Head Injuries
In a four-year study (2006-2012), the Center for Disease Control noted motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of traumatic brain injury and the second leading cause of TBI related deaths in the country. Lacerations to the face, a broken jawbone or nose are other types of head injuries sustained during a crash.
Head-on, rear end and side impact collisions are the leading cause of head injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Rollover crashes can also cause head injuries, as the skull makes contact with the upturned roof of a car.
TBI can result in personality changes, severe headaches, and cognitive impairments that make it difficult to perform even simple tasks – just to name a few. The symptoms may be short-lived or last a life time. Immediate and ongoing medical treatment is vital to the successful recovery from head trauma.
2. Back Injuries
Back injuries sustained in car crashes can be especially painful, not to mention debilitating. The spine is divided into three regions: the cervical spine or neck, the thoracic or upper back, and the lumbar or lower back. While most injuries to the cervical spine are often lumped in the soft tissue/whiplash category, severe injuries to the cervical spine may result in death.
Thoracic and lumbar spine injuries include herniated discs, complete disc slippage, muscle sprains and tears that can cause pain and affect mobility. A back injury can render someone bedridden and unable to return to work for several weeks.
3. Soft Tissue Injuries
Whiplash is probably the best known soft tissue injury (of the head and neck) sustained in a car crash, but soft tissue injuries can occur anywhere in the body where tissues connect your muscles and tendons. Sprain, strains, contusions, tendinitis, and bursitis also fall under this category.
Soft tissue injuries aren’t always immediately apparent after an accident. They may go undetected for days before symptoms start. This is why it’s important to see a doctor immediately after getting into an accident. Your road to recovery will go much faster if you immediately know the extent of all your injuries.
4. Leg Injuries
Multiple studies conducted by NHTSA have shown a large majority (93%) of injuries in frontal crashes are to the hips, legs, knees, ankles and feet. Older drivers and those with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) tend to experience leg trauma.
Site swelling, pain, buckling, dislocation and ruptures are many of the symptoms of lower extremity injuries. Often extensive surgery is necessary to repair these injuries.
5. Spinal Cord Injuries
Perhaps the most devastating consequence of a car accident is permanent paralysis or loss of sensation. Because the spine and central nervous system are intrinsically connected, nerve damage is common in spinal cord injury.
Complete or partial paraplegia, resulting in loss of mobility and requiring the use of a wheelchair or other assisted devices, is common in spinal cord injuries from car crashes. The total lifetime care costs of spinal cord damage can be well beyond what the average family can manage.
Other Types of Auto Accident Injuries
Surviving a car wreck not only affects the body, it can have a negative impact on the mind. Car accidents can cause invisible injuries, such as anxiety, depression, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some people may become so afraid of driving or riding in cars that they avoid travel all together. This type of silent suffering can completely upturn a person’s quality of life for months after the actual event occurred.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Virtually no one is at their best when they must rest and recuperate from crash injuries. When it comes to insurance claims, most policies have strict limits on what they are willing to pay to cover your medical expenses. Often the settlement offer does not take into account your lost wages, or the total cost of recovery should your injury be life-altering or require long-term medical care.
That’s often why car accident victims put their trust in attorneys. Not only can an experienced attorney advocate on your behalf, they have the resources to gather all necessary evidence to present a strong case, and negotiate with all parties involved so that all your needs are addressed.
The auto accident attorneys at Pierce | Skrabanek have seen all types of crashes. Regardless of what kind of accident it was, if you or a loved one was injured due to the fault of another driver, we want to hear your story. Contact us today here, or call (832) 690-7200. Together, we will discover the best way we can help you.