Car Accidents Most Common Injuries
Common back injuries after a car or traffic accident can include damage to the thoracic, lumbar or cervical spine. Paralysis, numbing, loss of bowel control, severe pain and tingling may occur from damage to the ligaments, muscles and nerves in the back. Common back injuries can result in bulging discs, disc herniation and fractures.
Therapy and treatment for car and traffic accident injuries can include physical therapy, chiropractic care, rehabilitation and pain medication to control or alleviate the victim's discomfort. If the back injury is not severe, individuals may choose less evasive medical treatment such as steroid injections, massages and acupuncture.
Traumatic Brain Injury and Internal Injury
Drivers who are injured in a car accident and suffer a traumatic brain injury should seek medical treatment immediately. Some brain injuries may not be obvious but could lead to permanent damage from nerve damage, bruising, skull fracture or hematoma. Individuals who suffer a brain injury may have dizziness, severe headaches, loss of memory or depression. Traumatic brain injury can be detected with a MRI or CT scan.
Internal injuries are obviously less noticeable than external injuries, but they can be very dangerous. Internal injuries can include any injury to a victim's internal organs including their heart, lungs, spleen, and kidneys. Depending on the severity of the internal injury, failure to receive proper medical care can potentially lead to death from internal bleeding or organ puncture.
Whiplash and Neck Injury
Whiplash can occur in a car accident when the victim's head moves suddenly forward and back from an acceleration and deceleration of force. Although whiplash is not generally life-threatening, it can cause severe pain and may damage the victim's nerves, ligaments, muscles and soft tissue. If you have suffered from whiplash you may experience limited peripheral vision and the inability to turn your head left and right to the fullest extent.
Upper Body and Lower Body Injuries From a Car Accident
Car accidents commonly cause injuries to a driver or passenger's upper body. Due to the impact of a crash the occupants of the car frequently break their hands, arms, fingers or shoulders. The severity of the car accident injury will determine treatment options. Some individuals may need a cast, but the most severe upper body injuries such as a serious fracture may require surgery and several weeks or months of rehabilitation of the injured limb.
Lower body injuries are common for drivers and passengers, especially if they are sitting in the front seat in a head-on collision. Lower body injuries can include any type of injury to the driver or passenger's knees, legs, feet, hips, or ankles. Stress fractures in a driver's or passenger's legs which damage their patella, tibia and femur are also common. The most common injuries can include dislocations, sprains, and bruising, which may only need time to heal. More serious injuries such as fractures may need surgery or the injured party may have to wear a cast.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder From a Car Accident
It is not uncommon for the victim of a serious accident to suffer some type of emotional side-effects from their accident. Car accidents can be a very traumatic experience. If someone was killed or seriously injured in the accident, this can exacerbate the psychological impact of the accident. Common signs of PTSD can include: lack of sleep, sleeping too much, inability to eat, lack of sexual desire, depression, lack of energy, isolation and lack of interest in common social activities.
If you have been injured in a personal injury you can either attempt to settle your personal injury claim, generally with the offender's insurance company, or if your claim is denied or you would like help negotiating a fair settlement offer, you can hire a personal injury lawyer.