Though car accidents and car accident injuries may be fairly common, the impact of car accident injuries on victims can be extensive. There are a variety of different types of car accident injuries victims may suffer and they should be familiar with the legal protections available to help them after a car accident.
Injuries to the head and back
Brain injuries ranging from concussions to traumatic brain injuries can be suffered by victims of car accidents. Car accident victims can be knocked about and may strike their heads on any number of objects in the vehicle. Victims can suffer skull fractures and open or closed-head injuries. They may have lasting cognitive problems and suffer vision and hearing loss. Extensive medical care, and long-term care in some instances, may be required to treat brain injuries.
Spinal cord injuries can be suffered in car accidents which can leave victims partially or completely paralyzed.
Victims of car accidents can suffer herniated disk injuries as well which can be painful and can lead to muscle weakness, arm and leg pain and other symptoms as well.
Injuries to the neck and chest
Whiplash injuries are common car accidents injuries. Sometimes overlooked, they can worsen over time. Whiplash injuries refer generally to ligament injuries which can occur when the victims head is thrust back and forth violently. Victims of car accidents can even suffer heart attack, injuries to their organs, abdomen and pelvis.
Cuts, contusions and fractures
Car accident victims can suffer contusions and cuts in a car accident and some of these types of injuries may require medical care. In addition, car accident victims can suffer broken bones and serious fractures as a result of car accidents.
Car accident victims can also suffer emotional injuries due to the emotional distress of a car accident. For that reason, victims may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional injuries from the negligent driver who harmed them and should be familiar with that possibility.