What are the Likely Injuries from a Car Accident?

When you are in a car accident, it is vital that you receive some sort of medical attention. Even if you don’t think you are hurt very badly — and even if you think that you might not be hurt at all — you should have a medical professional perform a check on you to see if you have taken any injury. It’s one of the most important things you can do after a car accident.

car accident injuriesRealize that even if you don’t feel injured right now, you could, in fact, have received some injury during the car accident. Sometimes, injuries aren’t apparent immediately. They might only become apparent two or three days after the car accident. However, if you haven’t been to see a medical professional, you might not get the help you deserve from the insurance company.

Some of the injuries that you are most likely to experience as the result of a car accident include:

  • Whiplash: Among the most common injuries you are likely to experience as the result of a car accident — even one that takes place at low speeds — is whiplash. This injury can also affect your upper back as well as your neck. The effects of whiplash might not be felt until some days later, and you need to have a qualified medical professional diagnose the condition if you want proper treatment.

  • Neck Injury: This is a more serious condition, usually, than whiplash. If you suffer a neck injury, the pain can be long-lasting — and it can be costly to overcome this injury. As a result, you want to make sure that your injury is diagnosed if you want the insurance coverage for it.

  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Even if you are wearing a seatbelt and you have an airbag, you can receive mild traumatic brain injury. You’ll need to have the situation looked at. It’s hard to diagnose this type of injury, but you’ll want it done, especially since even a mild brain injury can reduce your abilities.

  • Lumbar and Spine Compression Fractures: When you experience vertical shocks, it can cause compression fractures in your spine and in the lumbar region. This can be painful and difficult to overcome. Once again, you need to have your physical situation checked out and your injuries diagnosed.

  • Back and Spine Injury: An injury to the spine can be long-lasting, and offer you a great deal of pain. Back injuries can result in effects all over your body. Damage to your spine can affect motor function, as well as result in numbness in various extremities. Alleviating this pain is difficult, and may be impossible, even with surgery.

  • Broken Bones: These injuries are much easier to see than some of the other common injuries from car accidents. Whiplash, or an injury to the spine might not be visible and immediately apparent, but broken bones are often obvious. You’ll want these injuries cared for. Additionally, be on the watch for fractures. These small cracks in your bones might not be as debilitating as broken bones, but they can be painful, and they can weaken you if not addressed.

  • Burns, Scarring, and Disfigurement: Your car accident might also result in burns and scarring, and even disfigurement. You might need expensive reconstructive surgery.

Finally, don’t forget the mental scarring that can come from a car accident. PTSD is one common result of car accidents — especially bad ones. Some studies show that as many as one third of all car accident victims will experience depression or PTSD. No matter your injury, whether it is physical or mental, you need to make sure that the insurance company pays what is owed to you. A personal injury attorney can advise you as to what to expect in terms of settlement from an insurance company, as well as represent you to the insurer. Indeed, it’s important that you get competent legal representation, since the insurance company may not always be on your side. A personal injury attorney is on your side, and can help you get the just compensation you deserve.

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