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Common Injuries From Car Accidents

February 2, 2023 · Personal Injury, Auto Accidents
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Car accidents can lead to devastating and catastrophic injuries. If you have been in an accident, you know the toll these injuries put on you and your family. The financial stress, physical pain, and emotional trauma of these injuries can alter your life in ways you never thought possible. If you were hurt in a car accident, you might be entitled to significant financial compensation from a negligent driver.

While car accidents can vary in severity, injuries from these accidents are common. Below are some of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents. Whatever you are going through, the car accident lawyers at Daniels Law know how to help. Get in touch with us to learn what we can do for you.

5 Injuries Commonly Caused by Car Accidents

While many types of injuries could occur, these five injuries are among the most common people face after a car accident.

1. Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when a severe and traumatic force occurs to the head and brain. This might include penetrating injuries or significant force to the skull. Many of these injuries occur when the force of the motor vehicle crash slams the brain against the inside of the skull. The resulting damage can have serious repercussions and lasting effects.

Traumatic brain injuries include concussions and much more serious harm to this vital body part. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury typically include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Cognitive deficiencies or loss of IQ
  • Confusion or dementia
  • Hemorrhages and brain bleeding
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful death

A traumatic brain injury may lead to permanent disability or even the loss of a loved one. As such, you may be eligible for a substantial recovery.

2. Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord and surrounding bodily areas are damaged in a car accident. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves surrounded by the spine's vertebrae. This nerve bundle is extremely sensitive and vulnerable to damage in a motor vehicle accident. It carries critical electrical impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. These nerve impulses control movement, feeling, and the control of other bodily functions from the neck down.

Spinal cord damage is often caused by twisting or bruising of the spinal cord. It may even be caused by a complete or partial tear in the spinal cord. No matter the level of injury, it can lead to very serious symptoms, such as:

  • Long-lasting pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sensation in limited bodily areas
  • Problems with digestive or bowel control
  • Loss of sexual ability
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Death

Spinal cord injuries are far too common in car accidents. If they happened to you, you may be owed substantial compensation from the accident's at-fault party or their insurance company. A dedicated car accident injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for your injuries.

3. Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are very common in car accident cases. These occur when the body's tendons, ligaments, muscles, and other soft tissues sustain damage from an impact. Some injuries can be relatively minor, while others require significant rehabilitation and treatment.

Common soft tissue injuries from a car accident include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprains, especially in the wrist or ankle
  • Strains in the back or leg muscles
  • Bursitis
  • Contusions (bruises to soft tissues caused by blunt force trauma)
  • Tendonitis
  • Whiplash
  • Torn muscles or ligaments

Soft tissue injuries are often more severe than they initially appear immediately following the accident. Many people experience delayed onset symptoms that require long-term treatment and rehabilitative attention. You could be owed substantial compensation for your soft tissue injuries when this happens because of another driver's negligence.

4. Broken Bones

Broken bones typically occur from a significant car accident. These may be relatively minor fractures or more serious ones that could result in devastating impacts on your body. Broken bones, or bone fractures, occur when the bone is damaged in some way, such as:

  • Open or closed fractures: If the broken bone does not break the skin, it is called a closed fracture. If the bone does break the skin, it is referred to as an open fracture or compound fracture.
  • Partial fractures: A partial fracture is a break that occurs only partway through the bone but does not break it completely.
  • Stress fractures: Stress fractures typically occur from repeated use but can also result from a car accident.
  • Displaced fractures: A displaced fracture creates a gap where the bone is broken. These broken bones usually require surgery to fix them.

Some broken bones may heal quickly, while others may never fully heal. In either case, compensation may be available from a negligent party that caused your car accident.

5. Internal Injuries

Internal injuries occur within the body and are not always visible to the naked eye. This does not make them any less painful or dangerous. In fact, they can often be more dangerous because of the difficulty in discovering and treating them. Common internal injuries from a car accident include:

  • Brain bleeds and hemorrhages
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage or destruction
  • Pneumothorax
  • Abdominal aorta aneurysm
  • Internal fractures
  • Internal bruising

Internal injuries can be just as — or even more — dangerous than many others on this list. When they are another party's fault, a car accident attorney knows how to pursue compensation for them.

Schedule a Consultation With a Car Accident Attorney Today

Even the smallest detail may make or break a car accident case. We give you personalized attention and genuinely care about what you have been through. Your injuries affect your life financially, emotionally, and physically. Our lawyers know how to pursue compensation car accident cases and will seek the fullest potential recovery on your behalf.

The car accident lawyers at Daniels Law are here to help. We have flexible appointments available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday appointments when necessary. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve. 

Contact us today or call 844-217-0968.

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