Car Accident Injuries, Lawsuits and Car Accident Settlements
The injuries from automobile accidents can vary greatly, ranging from cuts and bruises to broken bones or loss of limb.
Keep in mind that not all motor vehicle injuries appear right away, so it is important to seek medical attention even if you do not feel injured. The impact from a car crash can cause head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, upper and lower limb injury and psychological trauma.
Head injuries can be particularly worrisome, especially since they are not always easily diagnosed and can lead to severe or life-altering complications. Automobile accidents are known to cause head injuries such as:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Hematoma (bruising of the brain)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes and traffic-related incidents were the second leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), accounting for 17.3 % of all occurrences. Auto accidents and traffic-related events are also responsible for the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths. The symptoms of a TBI can appear immediately, but in some cases signs may not appear for days or even months after the accident. For this reason, it’s important to always seek medical attention after a motor vehicle accident, especially if symptoms arise. Symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury include concussions, headaches, seizures, and dizziness, lack of concentration, memory loss, depression and anxiety. A head injury can also lead to a skull fracture or a hematoma, which is bruising of the brain.
Neck and Back Injuries
Common injuries that occur in the neck and back include:
Temporalmandibular Joint (TMJ)
Disc Injuries (herniated disc, bulging disc, slipped disc, ruptured disc)
Whiplash is a common neck injury from motor vehicle collisions. It is another example of an auto accident injury that does not always cause symptoms right away. Most of the time, whiplash occurs when a car is rear-ended. Signs of whiplash, such as neck pain, back pain, headaches and sensory disturbances (pins and needles) usually become apparent in the days after the accident.