Injuries from Auto Accidents

After being involved in a car accident, you may notice back pain, a stiff neck, or an intense headache. Symptoms like these are usually signs that you’ve sustained an injury from your car accident. While some injuries are immediately obvious – like broken bones or an injury that causes bleeding – you may not notice some until later on, especially if there are no outer signs of injury. Here are some of the most common injuries people sustain in car accidents:

Head Injuries

Some of the most serious car accident injuries involve the head and brain. When a car collides with another vehicle or with another object at a high speed, the force of the collision can jerk the head back and forth or cause the head to strike against a dashboard, window, or steering wheel.

Jerking can also cause the brain to jolt against the walls of the skull, leading to bruising or bleeding around the brain. Sudden impact or collision can also cause the nerves of the brain to tear, which may lead to impaired movement in other parts of the body. Sometimes, the brain swells up, causing pressure that can be fatal. If the damage is minimal, a car accident survivor may only suffer a mild concussion. But in more severe cases, a brain injury can be long-lasting, resulting in a coma, impaired senses, or even paralysis.

Back Injuries

Back injuries are a common result of car accidents. Whiplash often occurs when a car comes to a sudden stop or slams into another object, and can cause neck stiffness and headaches. In some cases, whiplash can even temporarily paralyze the vocal cords. A car accident can also affect the soft tissue in the back around the vertebra, causing bruising, stretching, or tearing.

Fractures often occur when a car stops suddenly but a passenger is seat-belted in. When this happens, the upper body jerks forward while the lower body remains strapped in, causing the vertebrae to break apart in a fracture. Fractures can be very serious and usually require paramedics to move the patient using a backboard and neck collar.

In less serious cases, the impact of a collision or sudden stop may only shift the vertebrae minimally. This can still be a problem however, because the displaced bone exerts pressure on the nerves in the spine, which can result in weakness, difficulty walking, and loss of bladder and bowel control.

Other times, when the spine receives a sudden impact, the discs can become herniated – which means the center of the disc pushes out through a crack and irritates the surrounding nerves. Sometimes, a herniated disc occurs with no symptoms at all; other times, it brings weakness, tingling, and numbness.

Chest Injuries

Injuries to the chest region can occur through blunt force: causing severe damage like broken ribs, collapsed lungs, internal bleeding, and even cardiac arrest if a person already has heart problems. Most of these injuries should be apparent immediately and require urgent medical care.

Other Types of Injuries

Of course, car accidents can cause an injury to just about any body part: commonly including the legs, feet, arms, and hands. Injuries to the legs and feet are especially common in accidents between cars and pedestrians. Accidents between cars and motorcycles tend to be much more serious than accidents where only cars are involved, with motorcyclists often suffering ligament damage, broken bones, and even severed limbs in extreme cases.

After being involved in a car accident, you should see a doctor to find out if you’ve sustained any injuries and whether or not you need treatment. It’s a good idea to do this soon after the accident, preferably within a day or two. If you do sustain injuries in a car accident, you may be able to receive financial compensation for damages. This means you’ll receive money to cover the cost of medical expenses, time taken off work, and the emotional cost of pain and suffering caused by your injuries.

Auto Accident Lawyer in Washington, DC

Please contact our knowledgeable and experienced legal team. We will help you cope with the legal battle while you focus on your needs and your recovery. Attorney Johnnie Bond is experienced, aggressive in the courtroom, yet compassionate towards his clients. He would be honored to join you in this battle for your rights and for just compensation. When you contact us, we will schedule a meeting with Attorney Johnnie Bond. He will listen to you and ask you questions about the accident so that he can fully understand and make a determination on how to proceed. He knows this is a delicate situation and emotions will run high.

The team members at Johnnie Bond Law, together with medical analysts and other experts, are fully equipped to assist in achieving a positive outcome for you in a car accident action. We want you to feel welcomed and able to speak with us about the difficult issues that you are, no doubt and understandably, facing during this time.

Call today at (202) 683-6803 to speak with a team member, schedule a free consultation, and discuss your concerns with people who can help you.

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