You can injure any area of the body in a collision, but car accidents tend to cause some types of injuries more frequently than others. Also, the kinds of injuries you can get from a car crash can vary, depending on whether you were a driver or a passenger and whether you wore a seatbelt.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that some of the most common injuries for which people went to the emergency room after getting hurt in a motor vehicle collision were:
- Sprains and strains of the neck and back, including whiplash and herniated disc
- Bruising without breaking the surface of the skin
- Spinal injuries
- Fractured bones
- Lacerations or other open wounds
These are only a few examples of the types of injuries you can get from a car crash. You might be eligible to seek compensation for your losses for other kinds of injuries.
Whiplash is a neck injury that can happen during a car collision, sports activity, a fall, or whenever a sudden force causes the neck to quickly snap forward and backward. The Mayo Clinic says that many people recuperate well with appropriate medical treatment, but some never fully recover. Some of the long-term complications from a whiplash injury include:
- Chronic neck pain
- Stiff neck
- Numbness and tingling in the arms
- Being unable to turn your head entirely to one side or the other
Whiplash can cause quite a few additional problems, which can lead to a loss of enjoyment of life and make it difficult to work or perform household tasks.
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According to the Cleveland Clinic, a herniated disc can happen when extreme pressure is put on the bones in the back (vertebrae). The impact forces the jelly-like material in the discs between the spinal bones to burst through an injured area of the back. Herniated discs, also called slipped or ruptured discs, can cause debilitating pain.
Contusions and Blood Clots
If you developed significant bruising after a car accident, you might want to get a medical examination. Bruises, also called contusions, happen when blood pools at an injury. Contusions carry a risk of forming blood clots, which could travel to the brain and cause a stroke, to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism, or to the heart and cause a heart attack.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A brain injury resulting from trauma, like a car accident, is a traumatic brain injury, or a TBI. A TBI can range from a mild concussion to a skull fracture.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the patient could recuperate within a matter of weeks and not have lingering problems after a mild TBI. A severe TBI can bruise brain tissue, cause bleeding and physical damage to the brain, and cause long-term impairment or death.
A TBI might cause problems shortly after the accident and/or years down the road. A person might face a lifetime of residual cognitive issues, personality changes, mood swings, chronic head pain, and many other adverse outcomes.
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When a person experiences a substantial jolt to the body or slams against the steering wheel or dashboard in a collision, there is a risk of internal bleeding. This injury may be difficult to detect because you cannot see the hemorrhage from the outside of the body.
The patient might feel pain but not know that they are losing blood internally. By the time a person realizes what is happening, they could be in a medical crisis. It is always best to go to the emergency room or urgent care center, whichever is appropriate in your situation, for an evaluation if you do not feel “right” after a car accident.
Drivers often sustain broken ribs, punctured or collapsed lungs, or head injuries after a car accident. These injuries are often a result of forceful contact with the steering wheel during or after the impact. You should tell the healthcare personnel if you were driving when the worker is trying to determine what injuries you got from a car crash.
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