Car accidents are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits in the U.S. Millions of people every year require medical care for painful and often debilitating injuries due to the negligence of other drivers. Car accident victims are often met with lost wages, expensive rehabilitation, and chronic pain from their injuries.
- Broken Bones
Certain types of injuries are more common in car accidents as a result of the high speeds and sudden stops inherent in such tragedies. Broken bones occur frequently, and they could be almost any bone, including the arms, knees, hips, ribs, clavicles, and wrists. Often, not even the femur, the strongest bone in the body, can withstand the impact of a high speed collision. Arm and wrist breaks are doubly common, as wrists are comparatively fragile and arms are often used instinctually to brace for impact. Hip and pelvis breaks require weeks or months to heal, and can severely hinder the ability to walk. Every broken bone means more time to heal and more bills to pay.
- Spinal Cord & Back Injuries
Spinal cord and back injuries are also very common in car accidents. These injuries can include soft tissue injuries, a slipped disc that could require surgery, and damage to spinal cord itself, potentially causing paralysis. Treatment for back injuries can be expensive, and back pain in particular is often excruciating.
- Brain Injuries
The sheer force of the car’s sudden deceleration has the potential to cause a brain injury. The brain can slam into the inside of the skull, even if you don’t hit your head on anything during the accident. This could lead to a contusion or brain bleeding, which can seriously and permanently impede daily life. In some cases, the symptoms of a TBI can take a long time to fully manifest, making their treatment even more difficult.
The number #1 injury caused by car accidents is surprising by its apparent simplicity:
Neck sprains, also commonly referred to as whiplash.
According to the CDC, neck sprains are the most reported injuries as a result of a car accident. Most often, this is a result of the rapid deceleration of the car, which puts extreme stress on the soft tissues of the neck. This leads to sprains or strains that can take weeks, if not months, to fully heal. This injury can be immobilizing, causing a range of emotionally and physically debilitating symptoms that can make working or even completing daily tasks difficult or nearly impossible.
Whereas a broken bone is often quickly diagnosed and treated, a neck injury can take several days or weeks to reveal itself. Some neck injuries require physical therapy or even surgery to properly correct.
If you’ve suffered from an injury caused by a car accident, you might feel hopeless. You’re in pain through no fault of your own, and now you’re saddled with expensive bills for the treatment you need. Get the legal help you need from an experienced injury attorney.
At Guest & Brady, we can help you navigate the challenges of car insurance and liability issues to help get you the compensation you need with determined legal guidance. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss filing a car accident claim in detail by calling (864) 233-7200.