When people are injured in automobile accidents, there are many possible types of injuries that they may sustain. There are, however, a few types of injuries which are closely associated with car accidents, because of the frequency with which accident victims are affected by them. It is important that accident victims know that some of these injuries may not be apparent to accident victims immediately following a crash. Because treatment of injuries is more likely to be successful within a short period of time after the injury occurs, it is essential that all automobile accident victims visit a doctor to be examined, even if they do not feel like they have been hurt.
One common car accident injury which is not always noticeable right after it happens is the concussion. Open wounds and skull fractures are obvious both in a visual sense and from the pain that they cause the victim. However, automobile accident victims who experience concussions and some other types of head injuries may not exhibit any signs or symptoms until a week or more has passed since their accident. Although these injuries are not noticeable, they are serious, and they can even be deadly if left untreated.
Neck injuries are probably the most noticeable typical car accident injury. Everyone has probably seen, at some point, a person wearing a foam neck collar and thought to themselves that the person probably hurt their neck in a car accident. The reason that neck injuries are so likely to result from car accidents, is that the force of the vehicles colliding, or of a vehicle an object, stops the vehicles suddenly. That sudden stop causes the heads of passengers inside the vehicle to quickly snap forwards and then back. The violent movement combined with the force with which it occurs often causes whiplash or neck strain, which can cause long-lasting pain.
Facial injuries are also commonly experienced by car accident victims. During an accident, a victim’s face may come into contact with the dashboard, the window, the steering wheel, or other hard or sharp objects. When this happens, victims may experience bruises, fractures, and cuts which can be minor, moderate, or severe.
Car accident victims are also highly likely to experience back injuries. As with the other types of common car accident injuries, back injuries range from minor injuries with a short recovery time, to severe injuries which affect mobility and quality of life for years after the accident.
Did you know that automobile accident victims often experience emotional distress, in addition to their physical injuries? The emotional injuries which result from automobile accidents can cause a great deal of suffering, and can last for quite some time. While any accident victim may experience an emotional injury, victims who are involved in accidents where they survived while other victims died are the most likely to suffer severe emotional damage.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, it is important that you speak with an attorney right away. The Automobile Accident Attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP devote a significant portion of their practice to helping injured victims recover from the physical and emotional injuries that they have suffered as the result of an automobile accident. At Parker Waichman LLP, we pride ourselves on helping our clients pursue the results that they deserve. If you would like to discuss your potential auto accident case with our office, contact us today at 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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