A car accident is a traumatic event that leaves victims both physically and emotionally damaged. While the physiological pain can be tremendous, the impact of the crash can cause a number of very severe injuries and long lasting health problems. Learn about some of the most common physical injuries that may occur in a car accident.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a very serious condition caused by an external blow to the head. A TBI may result in temporary dysfunction of the brain cells, bruising in the brain, bleeding in the brain, or death. There are varying degrees in severity of a TBI, so there are many symptoms associated with the injury. There may be a loss of cognitive or mental function such as loss of memory or depression. Others experience sensory symptoms such as blurred vision, light sensitivity or ringing in the ears.
A TBI can cause permanent damage to a person’s quality of life. Many are never able to function at the same level as they did before their TBI.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries experienced in a car accident. It occurs when the head is suddenly hurled backwards, then quickly snapped forwards, much like the movement of a cracking whip. This motion occurs commonly in rear-end collisions.
Those who suffer from whiplash tend to experience neck pain or stiffness, headaches, blurred vision, and dizziness. The symptoms of whiplash may only be temporary, however many experience pain years after their accident.
Soft Tissue Injuries
The impact from a car accident can easily damage the ligaments, muscles, tendons and other connective tissues in your body. Soft tissue damages can occur anywhere in your body, from your neck to your legs. Tears, sprains, or bruises to your soft tissue can cause long lasting pain, and may even require extensive surgery to correct. A frequent soft tissue injury is a tear in the ACL or the MCL. These two ligaments are located in your knee and may require lengthy rehab and surgery.
In an accident, the spine is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. This vulnerability makes the spine susceptible to everything from minor sprains and fractures, to major back injuries, such as slipped discs and lumbar radiculopathy. Sometimes, back injury does not show up until weeks after an accident. Someone will walk away from a crash, believing they are fine, only to realize later that they have suffered a major back injury.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Khonsari Law Group today. Do not wait until the medical bills start piling up! Our dedicated team will fight vigorously for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Come by KLG today for a free consultation on your case.