There are several common injuries after a car accident that a passenger or driver may experience, including injuries to the neck, concussions, back injuries, head injuries, and facial trauma.
Even a car crash that does not significantly damage a vehicle could still debilitate the passengers or drivers involved. Whiplash or a traumatic brain injury is still possible, even if the accident did not occur at high speeds, and can leave the victim with considerable pain and possibly a reduced quality of life going forward.
Understanding Your Injuries
After a car accident, it is natural for those involved to have quite a bit of adrenaline going through their bodies due to such a stressful situation. Such adrenaline can mask some of the injuries and make the pain not immediately noticeable by a crash victim.
An accident victim may also be in a bit of shock after the crash and may not be entirely sure about what happened at the moment of the accident.
In the day or two after the crash, the pain from sustained injuries becomes very apparent. If you were in a car accident, you have the right to visit a doctor a day or two after the crash without jeopardizing any personal injury claim you want to seek. Some of the injuries your doctor may diagnose for you are detailed below.
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Some of the most severe injuries people suffer from in a car accident are not easily visible. Traumatic brain injuries and concussions occur when the brain violently moves inside the skull after the crash, causing damage to the brain.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI) include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of balance
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Feelings of anxiousness
A TBI may linger for weeks or months, and some people never fully recover from a TBI they sustain in a car crash. A concussion is a minor form of a TBI with similar symptoms that alleviate more quickly than a TBI.
Whiplash is a common injury after a car accident and occurs when the ligaments and muscles in the neck overstretch as the weight of the head flies forward at the instant of the crash.
Whiplash can be extremely painful, leading to significant disability for the victim, as he or she cannot move the head easily or turn it from side to side.
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Spinal Cord Injuries
In a high-speed crash, the affected vehicle’s passengers can endure a significant injury to the spinal cord, either through penetration of this area from debris in the car or from a twisting of the back and neck.
A severe spinal cord injury could lead to temporary or permanent paralysis, leaving the injured person unable to enjoy the same quality of life as they did before the crash.
As various parts of the body are under extreme stress during the car accident, the victims may suffer broken bones, including:
- Broken collarbone from pressure from the seatbelt
- Broken ribs from an impact in the abdomen area
- Broken limbs from a crushing injury
- Broken vertebrae from a twisting injury
- Broken facial bones from hitting the airbag or steering column
Some broken bones do not heal fully, leaving the victims with lingering weakness in the injured area.
Internal bleeding and internal organ damage are some of the most serious injuries to car accident victims’ immediate health.
These injuries are not always immediately visible to paramedics and other first responders. However, internal bleeding or organ damage that goes unchecked could lead to rapidly deteriorating health within a few hours.
Always Have Your Injuries Examined Quickly
There are common injuries victims can experience after a car accident. Nearly any part of the body can suffer some sort of trauma after a car crash, but injuries to the head and neck are the most frequent, especially when those involved were wearing seatbelts, which protect the torso of the body well but cannot help guard against whiplash or concussions.
It is imperative to have a doctor examine you after a crash. Either ride to the hospital in an ambulance after the crash or visit your doctor a day or two after the accident. You need to have proper documentation of your injuries to move forward with your recovery and any personal injury lawsuit related to the accident. A lawyer can help serve your legal needs as you focus on the road to recovery.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers when you are ready to begin the process of filing a personal injury claim. Georgia Statute Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §9-3-33 gives victims of car accidents due to the negligence of others up to two years to start the process of filing a claim. Call us at (404) 888-8888 for a free review of your case today.