Injuries Seen After a Car Accident
There are a variety of injuries that can occur after a car accident. These injuries can range from minor injuries, to more severe injuries that require hospital stays, time off work, and more.
Because there are so many factors that come into play when an accident occurs, and such a wide variety of injuries and costs associated, it is in your best interest to get a lawyer who wants to help see that you, or anyone involved on your side, is taken care of adequately.
The following are some of the most recognized injuries that can occur during and after a care accident.
One of the most common car-accident related injuries that people experience afterwards is whiplash. This type of neck injury occurs when the head and neck are jerked forward when a car is suddenly stopped from the impact of a car accident.
The normal symptoms of whiplash may not show up for around 12 hours, to sometimes a few days, after the accident has taken place. The whiplash may heal within the weeks following the accident, on it’s own. Some cases may require further treatment, such as physical therapy, to heal completely and correctly.
Whiplash can cause pain in the neck and back, as well as an overextension to the nerves, muscles and joints.
Some of the typical symptoms of whiplash include headache, pain, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, trouble sleeping, and dizziness.
Another type of injury that is seen a lot in car accidents is a concussion, which is a type of injury that occurs from suffering a blow to the head. Think, when the impact of your vehicle during the accident is so forceful, that it causes your brain to ram against the inner part of your skull. During a car accident, victims often suffer a concussion when the blow forces their brain to slam against the inside of their skull.
There are several symptoms that can be signs of a concussion, both physical and mental. Some of these include; mood swings severe headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, trouble with eating or sleeping, and disorientation.
It is important to seek medical attention after an accident, as soon as possible, because some signs of a concussion may be misread as something else, and vice versa.
Soft Tissue Damage
Torn muscles, bruising, strains, and sprains all fit under the category of soft tissue damage. These, while seeming minor, may not cause any further or worse symptoms for up to a week after the accident has occurred.
Some of the things you may notice with these injuries include sharp pains, swelling or inflammation, stiffness in or at the area, and noticeable color changes.
In accidents that are rear-ended or side-impact situations, back injuries are a common injury. Adrenaline can hide the symptoms of a more serious injury that has occurred due to the accident, namely when it comes to back injuries.
There are a few symptoms that you should be on the lookout for pertaining to back injuries:
- Noticeable pain in the neck, back, or shoulder area
- A limited range of motion in any of these areas
- Unusual or extensive bruising
- Weakness in the affected area
- Difficulty breathing or balancing, or pain with these motions
Car accidents are many times traumatic and violent, because they happen so quickly and can be devastating. Due to this, many of the people in them suffer from things like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other types of emotional distress.
This type of injury, while not necessarily physical, can have many negative impacts on the victims life.
It may manifest in many different ways. Some of the more common ones include anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Others may have flashbacks of when the accident happened, or nightmares of the event. All of these can spiral into mood swings, hopelessness, and potentially a cycle of reckless behavior due to that.
Many of those who suffer from this type of injury may not realize or want to accept that that is this case. This may cause their symptoms to get worse, as they do not want to get help. If you or someone you know suffers from any type of emotional distress such as PTSD, please do not be afraid to ask for help and to seek treatment.
Contact an Attorney for Help
If you believe you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, do not hesitate to consult with our office and speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible, so that we can discuss your claim.
Contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our skilled attorneys to find out if you have a case against the at-fault party. We work on a contingency fee basis and will only charge you if we recover compensation for your claim.