Common Car Accident Injuries in Washington & the US

common car accident injuries

Car accident injuries run the gamut from minor to catastrophic

A “fender bender” might result in nothing more than a day off work, while a serious accident can lead to hospitalization and continuing treatment or therapy for an extended period of time. Some accident-related injuries are readily apparent, while others take hours or even days to manifest. Any time you have been involved in a vehicular accident, it’s imperative to immediately seek medical attention.

While the intensity of the auto crash and the position of the individual in the cabin can greatly affect the nature of injuries sustained in a wreck, the most common injuries are to the head, neck, and back. Impact to the internal organs, as well as to the upper and lower limbs are also to be expected. The injuries most typically seen in vehicular incidents include:

Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries sustained in a car crash can lead to temporary or lifelong impairment of brain function. Skull fractures, swelling of the brain, and nerve damage are all related to head or brain injuries.

Neck Injuries

The most common type of neck injury is “Whiplash,” which is trauma to the soft tissues of the neck resulting in impaired movement. Although generally temporary, whiplash can become a permanent condition requiring physical and rehabilitative therapy. Other common types of neck injuries include neck sprain, neck strain, pinched nerves, and herniated discs.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries result in different levels of paralysis and also affect the internal organs. This class of injuries can be catastrophic, causing quadriplegia or paraplegia. Victims suffer loss of motor function and sensation, resulting in a dramatic alteration of life function. Spinal cord injuries can also adversely affect bowel and bladder functioning, sexual functioning, blood pressure, and body temperature. Most victims suffer chronic or permanent pain. These victims typically require long-term medical care and treatment and incur extremely high medical bills.

Back Injuries

Back injuries may include herniations or disc bulges, fractures, pinched nerves and other conditions that result in significant pain requiring extended treatment and therapy.

Broken Bones or Fractures

Broken bones sustained in auto accidents are often more serious than those caused by a fall, and are more likely to require surgery, possibly reconstructive in nature.

Internal Organs

Damage to internal organs is one of the more serious and potentially fatal consequences of being involved in a car accident. Crashes often result in trauma to the kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs or heart. Fractured ribs frequently puncture the internal organs leading to the need for surgery and hospitalization.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, please remember that you may seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, and other costs relating to hospitalization, medication, surgeries, and continuing treatment and therapy expenses.

Contact one of the best lawyers for car accidents with the Bernard Law Group to find out more information about your options and legal rights.