Auto accidents are no joking manner. Every single year, more than three million people are injured in car and truck accidents across the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Each car accident is unique, and no two injuries are the same. It is important that following a car accident you seek immediate medical treatment and keep track of all costs associated with your accident.
Head, Back, and Neck Injuries
Head injuries can include concussions, lacerations, scrapes, or soft tissue injuries. Many of these injuries can lead to brain damage. Memory loss, emotional impairment, nausea, and even death can occur due to head injuries in car accidents. It is important to receive immediate medical attention if you've injured your head.
In addition, the sudden stopping of a vehicle in an accident can cause whiplash to your neck, which is a form of soft tissue damage. Whiplash is a very serious injury, and it can take weeks or even months to recover. Whiplash can lead to sprained backs, muscle spasms, and more.
Arm and Leg Injury
Like whiplash, a sudden stop or change in direction in a vehicle can lead to bruises, lacerations, and even broken bones. Most of these injuries come from sudden stops, which can cause a driver or passenger to hit the dashboard.
Another common car accident injury area is the chest. A deployment of the airbags can cause broken ribs or internal bleeding. Even a sudden stop can cause contusions from seat belts or harnesses. These injuries are serious, yet pale in comparison to the potential injuries you can face from not wearing a seatbelt.
Mental Health and Car Accidents
Over 25% of males, and 13% of females involved in a car accident have reported issues of post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. This number is likely even higher, due to people not seeking treatment because they don't know what PTSD is. A side effect of these injuries can be depression and/or anxiety, and each needs to be taken seriously. It is imperative that survivors of car accidents seek out mental-health treatment if they experience any PTSD, anxiety, or depression.
Some injuries from car accidents will be immediately known, but others can take weeks or even months to appear. Seek medical advice immediately after an accident, and document any costs of receiving treatment.
If you or a loved one have suffered from one of these injuries due to a car accident, please give us a call.