Injuries Frequently Sustained in Car Accidents
Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2022 at 9:00 am
Did you know that it’s estimated that each year victims of car accidents rack up about $18 billion dollars in lifetime medical costs for injuries suffered from crashes? There are many different types of injuries. Some of the most frequently experienced include:
- Soft Tissue Injuries—this includes any trauma to skin, muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Whiplash, the snapping of your head rapidly forward and then backward, is a common type of soft tissue injury. It also includes cuts and bruises, muscle sprains and contusions. Pain, swelling, bruising, decreased range of motion and a popping or cracking sound in a joint are all potential symptoms.
- Head Injuries—these can range from a minor headache to a traumatic brain injury. Head injuries must be carefully evaluated and monitored. Signs to look out for include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, feeling confused, blurred vision, loss of coordination, memory problems and changes in behavior.
- Back Injuries—your back is vulnerable to being damaged in a crash. Symptoms, however, may not manifest for several days or even weeks after the accident. Report any muscle spasms, numbness, feeling of paralysis, stiffness, and pain to your doctor promptly.
- Chest Injuries—the type of injury that most often requires surgery is a chest injury. Airbags, seatbelts, and the small amount of space between the steering wheel and the chest account for the frequency of this type of injury. Common types of chest injuries include bruising, broken ribs, collapsed lungs and bleeding. Be on the lookout for shortness of breath, coughing or coughing up blood, shallow breathing, and a crackling sound in the chest.
- Internal Injuries—damage to organs and internal bleeding can be difficult to detect initially. The force of impact and debris hitting or pressing on the body can result in these injuries. It’s very important that you don’t ignore symptoms such as: dizziness, fainting, abdominal pain, swelling, or deeply bruised skin.
Not all injuries are immediately apparent at the scene of an accident. For this reason, it’s essential that you get evaluated by a medical professional either at the hospital or a clinic at the time of the accident. This will create a record of your injuries which may be needed if you decide to pursue legal action.
Have you or a loved one been a victim of a DUI, car, truck, or motorcycle accident, dog attack, or a slip and fall incident? If so, Tiemann Law Firm can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, same-day consultation by calling: (916) 999-9000 or toll-free: (800) 712-2000.