Car accidents can be small events that everyone walks away from, like a minor fender-bender, or life-changing events or even fatal catastrophes. Even the smallest accident, however, has the potential to cause serious injuries. Depending on the angle you were hit and how you were sitting when the accident occurred, you could suffer debilitating injuries even in the smallest car accident.
Here are some of the most common injuries that result from car accidents:
The mildest car accidents come with a jarring bump that can knock your head around. Even if you manage to get through the accident without your head hitting something, that does not mean that your brain was just as fortunate. When your neck jolts from an impact, your brain can jostle around inside your head, and can contact – or “concuss” – the inside of your skull, leading to a concussion. Concussions can be anywhere from mild to severe, but the effects can linger for days or months after the accident.
Back and neck injuries, such as whiplash
Unexpectedly being jerked back-and-forth or side-to-side puts sudden strain on your core, back, and neck muscles. This can result in whiplash, which is one of the most common car accident injuries, happening more than a million times a year in the U.S. Whiplash can often feel like simple soreness immediately following the accident, but the pain and debilitation can get worse and worse in the following days.
Knee or shoulder injuries
In a typical car accident, your body will reflexively shield itself against potential injuries. However, it often does this by protecting one body part from a potential trauma by using another relatively less important body part, like your knees or shoulders, to deaden the force of the blow. When your shoulders or knees brace for the impact, they take the brunt of the blow, and this often results in extensive bruising or swelling, and even ligament tears, dislocations, or joint separations that can require surgery to correct.
Spinal cord injuries
While whiplash can be debilitating itself, it can also mask even more serious injuries, such as compression fractures of the spine, or bulging or herniated discs. Every injury to your spinal cord is serious, and possibly permanently debilitating, as your spine not only is responsible for much of how your body moves, but also houses most of your body’s central nervous system.
Cuts, lacerations, and broken or fractured bones
Obviously, a car accident can lead to lots of other common, though still scary and serious, injuries, as well. Cuts and lacerations can be as small as a paper cut, but can quickly become feet in length, and life-threatening, if the accident included broken metal or glass. Similarly, bones can break or fracture in a variety of ways that can require extensive surgeries. These minor injuries can even complicate the treatment of other more serious injuries that you sustained.
At Hancock Injury Attorneys, we not only recognize the variety of injuries that you might have suffered in your car accident, but we also specialize in getting you compensated for all of them. This requires an in-depth understanding of the injuries that you have sustained, your own medical needs, and the medical costs of getting you back onto your feet.
If you have sustained one of these common car accident injuries, or a less common one that is not listed, call our law office at (813) 534-6319 or contact us online for a free consultation.