Every year, car accidents result in millions of injuries and thousands of deaths in the US alone. Therefore, it is good for every driver out there to understand how risky being behind the wheel can be to avoid situations that can lead to car accidents. A car accident can lead to significant, fatal or life-threatening injuries. It takes a long time to recover from car accident injuries and the cost of treatment of car accident injuries can be costly. In addition, a person who is injured in a car accident also needs extensive rehabilitation to help him or she regain his or her mobility. Here are some of the common car accident injuries our Corpus Christi car accident attorneys have dealt with:
1. Deep Cuts
A car accident can result in flying debris, twisting metal, broken glass among other sharp hazards. Deep cuts can lead to blood loss and cut to some body parts that can impede the functioning of the muscles and range of motion.
2. Broken Bones
Bone fractures vary depending on their severity and as a result, the methods of treatment used also vary. A slight bone fracture can make the victim slightly incapacitated for a short period of time while a severe compound fracture can make it impossible for the affected person to walk or perform certain functions for some time. Significant fractures usually need extensive physical therapy.
3. Spinal cord injuries
Car accidents usually involve momentum changes, sudden directional shifts and violent turns which can lead to spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord’s main role is to transmit messages from the brain to other parts of the body and its injuries can lead to loss of function such as mobility. Unlike other parts of the body, the spinal cord doesn’t have self-healing powers meaning that a spinal cord injury cannot be cured. A spinal cord injury is permanent and as I said earlier can lead to limited mobility. It can also lead to problems such as decreased range of motion, inability to use limbs, inability to walk, loss of bowel control, inability to control certain bodily functions, inability to control breathing among a host of other problems. Do I have a case?
4. Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury or TBI, in short, refers to any injury caused by external forces acting on the brain. People involved in car accidents usually suffer concussions, penetrating wounds and can also suffer from brain injuries that need extensive treatment. Most of the TBIs have long-lasting effects which include irritability, personality changes, potential head injuries, cognitive problems, sensory processing problems, severe headaches and so on.
5. “Seatbelt Syndrome”
Seatbelts are designed to save lives and they have done this effectively as they have reduced the fatality rate of car accidents. However, many people especially children don’t know how to wear seat belts properly. A seat belt should fall across the top of legs and not across the stomach. It is not good for a seat belt to rest on the stomach as it can damage internal organs and lead to massive internal trauma in case of a sudden crash or slamming on the breaks. This is because of the fact that having the seat belt rest on the stomach can cause a compression effect in the soft part of the stomach in case of a sudden crash or slamming on the breaks.
6. Stress and shock-related injuries
In most cases, people who witness or are involved in a traumatic event experience psychological turmoil. A car accident is among these traumatic events and can leave a driver in shock or lead to lasting psychological damage. If you are injured in a car accident, ensure that you understand the full extent of your injuries. Doctors often provide medical reports to those injured in car accidents. These reports list your injuries, the doctor’s prognosis, and the treatment plan. A medical report and records of all medical expenses are especially important as they increase your chances of succeeding in civil claims for car accidents. If you are injured in a car accident, seek medical attention and then contact a reputable Corpus Christi car accident attorney as soon as possible so that the lawyer can start building your case.