After you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you should seek medical treatment at once. Just because you feel “fine” at the time does not mean you have not suffered a very serious injury. Sometimes, trauma symptoms take hours, days or even weeks to make an appearance. Here are just some of the most common types of car accident injuries you may suffer after a car accident:
While not a formal medical term, whiplash is the name given to an injury involving the damage of the muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments of and around the neck. Whiplash is usually caused by the head suddenly moving backwards and then forward, much like the motion of a whip cracking. This happens frequently in car accidents and is one of the most commonly reported injuries, especially in rear-end collisions. Whiplash can last for months and leave victims with constant pain in the neck.
Soft Tissue Injury
Our body’s soft tissues are just muscles, ligaments and tendons. These crucial body parts help us control our bones, allowing us to move and be active. So when our soft tissues become bruised, stretched or torn, it can be very difficult and painful to move. Symptoms of a soft tissue injury include muscle aches, joint pain and loss of range of motion of a certain body part.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Any injury, which causes brain dysfunction as a result of an external force or trauma, is called a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The “external force” or “trauma” is generally a violent blow to the head or body, such as what can occur in a car accident. TBI’s may result in torn tissues, internal bleeding or bruising to the brain. These types of injuries are very serious and may result in long-term issues or fatality.
One of the most common issues people have after a car accident is a back injury. Your spine and its vertebrae are made up of discs, muscles, ligaments, nerves and tendons. When in a car accident, it is easy for any of these vital components of your back to become injured. The pain can vary from mild and temporary to debilitating and permanent.
What to Do after You Seek Medical Attention
After seeing a doctor, you should speak with a skilled personal injury attorney. When you are injured due to the reckless actions of another, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages and emotional distress. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call the Khonsari Law Group today. We will fight vigorously for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.