What are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

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What are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

Car Accident Info

More than 2 million Americans visit an emergency room each year due to car crashes. Some of the most common types of injuries include head trauma, whiplash, neck and back injuries, broken bones, and psychological damage. Virginia law may allow you to recover compensation from an at-fault driver. A car accident lawyer from Rutter Mills can help you calculate and pursue the full compensation that you deserve.

Head injuries

Head injuries range from mild to severe, and even fatal. If there is any chance you may have sustained one, it is essential to seek treatment as early as possible and attend all follow-up appointments.

Even head injuries that are not spotted immediately can be serious. A seemingly mild concussion is a traumatic brain injury that could worsen over time and cause long-lasting complications. If you bumped your head in a crash and  have a headache, seek an evaluation for a head injury.

Whiplash injuries

Whiplash is a common injury suffered in car accidents because the mechanics of a crash often causes the neck to whip back and forth quickly. It is most common in rear-end collisions. It usually heals within a few weeks, but in severe cases, complications like pain and headaches can last for months or even years.

Neck and back injuries

Damage to the neck or back, especially the spinal cord, can lead to severe injuries like paralysis. Even mild damage to the spinal cord can cause long-term weakness, loss of coordination, pain, and sensitivity. Since the spinal cord houses the nerves that control the rest of the body, damage can include loss of bowel or bladder control, muscle spasm, difficulty breathing, and many other problems.

Like head injuries, neck and back injuries may not be apparent right away. A thorough medical exam soon after the accident can uncover any latent injuries.

Broken bones

It takes a lot of force to move an automobile. When vehicles collide, some of that force is transferred to the occupants’ bodies, which can lead to broken bones. Many heal well without much help, but some may require surgery or other interventions and can lead to long-term impairment.

Psychological damage

Mental and psychological injuries like anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression following a car accident can interfere with daily activities, including working or raising a family.

How can a personal injury lawyer help after a car accident?

When a crash has left you with injuries, working with a skilled car accident attorney is the best way to get the compensation you need for treatment and recovery. Your attorney will give an honest and professional analysis of the merits of your case and help you build the evidence needed to tell your story.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Chesapeake, Portsmouth, or Newport News, call Rutter Mills today. Our lawyers are here to help; consultations are always free.

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