Any car accident can cause significant trauma to your body. The severity of your injury is dictated by several factors, including speed, your position in the car, and where your vehicle was hit. It is crucial that you get both medical and legal help after your car accident.
Many types of car accident injuries can be debilitating. Here are some common car accident injuries you should be aware of.
Whiplash is perhaps the most common car accident injury. Whiplash often occurs in rear-end car collisions. The force from the rear car travels faster and is transferred to the front car. The front car driver’s head may violently snap forward while the rest of their body remains still.
The fact that whiplash is common does not make it any less severe. Some people have constant pain for the rest of their lives, even after surgery and rehabilitation.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue surrounds, supports, and connects organs and other tissues in your body. Soft tissue can include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fat, and blood vessels.
Soft tissue injuries can be serious. For example, torn ligaments can require reconstructive surgery. Even after a procedure and rehabilitation, you may still not regain the full strength and motion you had before the accident. Soft tissue injuries can be expensive to treat and can result in significant compensation. Insurance companies usually undervalue soft tissue injuries, so you need an attorney who knows the true value of these cases.
Your body may suffer significant trauma from a car accident. Usually, this trauma is from impact with either a hard surface or the airbag, resulting in severe internal damage.
Here are some examples of internal injuries from car accidents:
- Fractured or broken ribs
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Ruptured spleen
- Punctured lung
Internal injuries can be hazardous. You may not even know that you were injured at first. It may take days or weeks to notice the symptoms of an internal injury, so always seeking medical attention after a car accident is critical.
The jarring force of the car accident could also harm your back. These injuries can occur even in minor collisions. Back injuries can lead to debilitating pain that can take away your quality of life.
Common car accident back injuries include:
- Thoracic spine injury
- Lumbar spine injury
- Facet joint injury
- Vertebrae fractures
- Herniated discs
Your spinal cord is the most severe back injury you can suffer. Spinal cord injuries can cause partial or total paralysis.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A sudden jolt to your head could cause a traumatic brain injury. You may need extensive rehabilitation to regain some of your function. Brain injuries could impact your speech, movement, memory, attention span, ability to focus, and more.
You may be entitled to financial compensation when you show that another driver’s negligent actions caused your catastrophic injuries. You should contact a lawyer after you have been hurt in a car crash to explore your legal options.
Contact Our Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams Today
If you have been injured in a crash, you can get legal help from our skilled Monmouth County car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams. Call us at 732-351-2800 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We are located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. We serve clients in the Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, and Monmouth County areas and throughout the state.