The types and severity of injuries suffered from a car crash often depend on a range of factors. These factors include whether or not seat belts were worn, where the car got hit, the speed of the cars, and if the airbags deployed. If you are in a car accident, no matter whether it is major or minor, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel just fine. It is also important to seek the advice of an attorney such as those at Van Law Firm who can help make sure that you are compensated for your medical bills, expenses and pain and suffering.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are defined as connective tissue damage to muscles, ligaments, or tendons caused by a car crash. This is the most common type of injury in car crashes. Whiplash falls into this category. Whiplash is the stretching of head and neck muscles and ligaments in reaction to sudden movements of a crash. Soft tissue injuries can also be in muscle sprains in the low and mid back or damage to the spine.
Head injuries from a car accident can range from minor to serious. Head injuries can include scrapes, bruises, minor or deep cuts or lacerations. Very severe impacts may lead to more serious head injuries like concussions or skull fracture.
A key factor in determining whether a head injury was sustained in the crash was whether the victim lost consciousness or “blacked out” afterwards. Even a short black out may be an indication of a serious head injury. It is important to keep in mind that head injuries sometimes do not show bruises or initial symptoms. Instead, they can present as irritability, memory problems, or changes in personality that did not exist before the accident. Special testing can be performed to determine whether you sustained a head injury.
Mental and Emotional Injuries
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can result from a shock to the system, like a car crash. People with PTSD experience physical, mental, and emotional suffering after a car crash. This can be quite traumatizing. Activities that used to be a part of everyday life may become impossible to do. Mental health treatment and therapy can help treat PTSD.
Internal injuries are one of the car accident injuries that may require surgery. Damage to internal organs can be caused by flying debris like objects in the car. Internal Injuries can also be caused by the body hitting or being pressed against an object, such as the steering wheel, dashboard or seatbelt. Internal bleeding can cause death if the injured person fails to get immediate medical attention. Symptoms to look out for are dizziness, fainting, abdominal pain, swelling, light-headedness, headache, loss of consciousness, and seizures. Make sure to seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms after a car crash.
Chest injuries that are the result of a car crash most often take the form of contusions or bruises. But more serious injuries are also possible. These can include broken ribs or injuries to internal organs. Drivers in car crashes often experience chest injuries because of the little space between the driver and the dashboard where the airbags come out.
Arm and Leg Injuries
Injuries to limbs are caused by the same types of things as head injuries. This would include sudden direction changes inside the vehicle when the crash occurs and the car slams to a stop. Drivers and passengers in the front seat often hit their knees on the dashboard in car crashes. Bruises and scrapes on the arms and legs are common.
If you have suffered injuries in an accident caused by someone else, it is key to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney such as those at Van Law Firm. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help you get the fair compensation that you deserve. Our firm can help and our consultations are always free!