The most serious concern resulting from an automobile accident is the impact it has on your physical well being. Unfortunately, car accidents can result in a wide range of physical injuries. Auto accident injuries can range from whiplash and other soft tissue injuries, to permanent injuries, paralysis, and tragically death.
Some accident injuries may not be apparent in the hours or even days following the wreck. For this reason, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately after an accident. In case of an injury due to an auto accident, it is also important to engage an attorney as soon as possible to make sure any claims you may have and your rights are protected.
While there are numerous types of injuries that can result from auto accidents, this blog is going to focus on the more common injuries that we see.
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the head is suddenly and forcefully jerked back and forth, causing the neck to stretch and strain. It is one of the most common injuries that people can sustain in a car accident, especially in rear-end collisions. Symptoms of whiplash can include neck pain, stiffness, and headaches.
Car accidents can cause fractures in the bones of the arms, legs, hips, and other parts of the body. Fractures can range from minor hairline fractures to more severe compound fractures, which can require surgery to repair. Depending on the severity of the injury, broken bones can take weeks or even months to fully heal.
Head injuries can range from mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Head injuriesh can lead to long-term damage, even death. Head injuries occur when a person’s head strikes an object, or is struck by an object, during the course of a car accident. Symptoms of a head injury include, but are not limited to: headaches, dizziness, confusion, and loss of consciousness.
The impact of a car accident can cause severe damage to a person’s spine. Damage to the spine can result in in herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, or paralysis. Back injuries can cause long-term pain and limited mobility. These injuries can affect a person’s ability to work or perform daily activities.
Soft tissue injuries include, but are not limited to: strains, sprains, torn muscles, torn tendons, and torn ligaments. These injuries can cause significant pain and swelling, limiting a person’s ability to move or perform daily activities. Soft tissue injuries can take weeks or even months to fully heal.
Internal injuries may not be visible on the outside of the body, but they can be life-threatening. These injuries can include damage to internal organs, such as the liver, spleen, and kidneys. Symptoms of internal injuries may not be immediately apparent, which is why it is essential to seek medical attention after a car accident.
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel fine. Some injuries, such as whiplash and head injuries, may not show symptoms until hours or even days after the accident. Seeking medical attention can also help you document your injuries, which can be essential if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.
In addition to seeking medical attention, it is also important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights, ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, motorcycle accident or trucking accident of any kind, please call The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr., LLC today. If we can’t help you, we’ll help you find someone who can.