Crashes can be devastating. Even minor crashes can result in long-term problems, property damage, and other issues that cause you to endure countless obstacles. Unfortunately, the most severe crashes can result in bodily harm that takes years to recover from. If these injuries occur because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve to seek compensation for your injuries.
It’s crucial to recognize some of the most common injuries you may suffer in a crash. Even soft tissue injuries can be challenging to endure, but some injuries can result in long-term harm. Here are some of the most common injuries that impact people after a crash.
- Head injuries
- Back and spine injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
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When a crash occurs, the impact can cause all passengers within the vehicle to move around the cabin violently. A person can lose control of their head movements resulting in their head hitting a part of the vehicle, such as the frame. Even if their head moves from one direction to another, it can cause their brain to rattle inside of their skull, causing a mild traumatic brain injury.
Head injuries are some of the most common, resulting in bruising, contusions, concussions, cuts, and more. Unfortunately, these injuries can also have a significant impact on someone’s life. In the most severe situations, a head injury can cause seizures, memory loss, trouble with sensory abilities, and more.
Mild head injuries can also cause loss of consciousness for a few minutes, short-term memory loss, vision and hearing problems, and more. In any case, it helps to speak with a lawyer to recognize how you may pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.
Back and Spine Injuries
Back injuries are most common in rear-end accidents, but they can occur in any type of crash. When they happen, the pain can be excruciating because of broken bones, slipped discs, and more. A back or spine injury can also involve the spinal cord, which sends signals throughout your body and controls basic motor function skills.
A spine injury can lead to paralysis. Depending on the level and severity of the injury, paralysis can completely immobilize a person. Quadriplegia is the most severe, impacting all four limbs of the injured party from the shoulders down.
Some spine injuries can occur without causing paralysis, and they can have just as damaging impacts.
The most common neck injury that occurs in a car accident is whiplash. It occurs when your head moves one way and then rapidly in the other direction. The forceful jolt can cause immediate pain, leaving you with severe damages that can last numerous weeks. In the most severe cases, whiplash can impact you for much longer with some of the worst symptoms.
Whiplash symptoms can include:
- Ongoing pain that can impact movement and mobility
- Dizziness and headaches
- Fatigue or sleep disturbances
- Blurred vision and ringing in the hears
- Depression, concentration issues, and memory problems
Whiplash is never easy to endure. After a crash, you should be sure to see a doctor because mild whiplash can go unnoticed and feel like a slight ache. A doctor can diagnose your injury to help you understand what damages you experienced and how to best treat it.
Broken bones can occur in many different ways. Most often, after a severe crash, broken bones occur because people tend to tense up their body at the point of impact. Once they tense up, their body stiffens, and it’s easy for bones to break. Broken bones can occur under the skin, but if they protrude out of your skin, it can become much more challenging to recover from.
Another common situation involving broken bones is when the seat belt locks and breaks ribs.
A crash can cause the vehicle’s glass to break and go flying around the vehicle. It can also result in the vehicle frame collapsing, leading to sharp edges that can cut someone’s skin. Superficial lacerations can cause severe scarring, but when the cuts go deeper into the skin, you may experience even further damages. Lacerations can damage muscles, tendons, nerves, and more.
Internal Organ Damage
In many situations, the impact of the injury can cause internal organ damage. For instance, if the crash causes broken ribs, the broken bones can puncture other organs within a person’s body. Internal organ damage can also lead to internal bleeding. If not treated as soon as possible, these types of damages can be fatal.
When a crash occurs, and you suffer some of the most severe injuries, you need to make sure you have the tools and resources to hold negligence accountable. You deserve to pursue justice whenever someone else’s actions significantly change your life. After all, you may deal with the physical, mental, and financial hardships associated with your injuries.
You may seek compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Ongoing treatment and care
- And more
Our team at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP cares about getting you results when you need them the most. We know that you have a need, and you should be able to hold negligence accountable. Trust that we go above and beyond to safeguard your rights against insurance companies and others who may try to devalue your claim.
Our Cleveland car accident lawyers are here to help you. We care about getting you results when they matter most to you.