Every part of your body could be hurt in a car accident. Injuries can cause not only pain and suffering, but could seriously affect your day-to-day life, and they can wreak havoc on your finances.
Certain injuries seem to be suffered more often than others by victims of motor vehicle accidents, and the most severe of them all, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or injuries to the spinal cord that results in paralysis, can have major, life-altering consequences.
Injuries to the back and head
You may be lucky to be alive if you sustained any form of severe injury to your head in a car crash. The impact of striking your head on such things as the steering wheel, a window or the dashboard could cause a concussion to something more severe like bleeding in your brain. Such injuries could lead to serious issues like cognitive, hearing or vision problems.
Back injuries — including those involving the spinal cord — can leave you with chronic nerve pain and nerve damage. Some of these injuries can make you lose sensation in different parts of your body, especially your limbs. Spinal-cord damage has the potential to leave victims partially or fully paralyzed. Herniated disks are also a very common result of car accidents, and they can cause months and years of numbness and extreme pain.
Injuries to the chest and neck
Whiplash is another very common injury stemming from car accidents. The injury occurs when the impact of a collision causes your head to jerk suddenly. This type of injury usually affects your neck muscles and ligaments. In some cases, you could lose your ability to speak if your vocal chords were injured.
As for your chest area, there is often the potential for broken ribs or injured lungs during many of these unfortunate incidents. If your injuries involve internal bleeding, then you probably injured your internal organs, such as your kidneys, liver etc. These kind of injuries can also be life threatening.
Dealing with the aftermath
The aftermath of a car accident can be emotionally, financially and physically debilitating. If you suffered injures in a car accident due to another party’s negligent or reckless actions, a California attorney who specializes in personal injury law could provide guidance in your pursuit of compensation. Monetary damages awarded from a successfully litigated lawsuit can help ease your pain and suffering and can cover many of your medical expenses along with any rehabilitation costs as you attempt to get your life back in order.