What Is the Most Common Injury in A Car Accident?
Sept. 9, 2019
No matter how minor or severe a motor vehicle accident is, it is always possible to sustain injuries, some of which can negitively affect you for many years to come. If you have been in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention to make sure a serious condition isn't brewing. Putting off medical care can affect your ability to successfully recover compensation, so do not neglect to take this crucial step.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Any number of injuries can be sustained in a car accident, but some are generally more common than others. Do not assume you cannot be compensated for it or that you do not need medical treatment.
Below are some of the most common car accident injuries:
Soft tissue injuries: People often erroneously believe these types of injuries are minor, but a severe soft tissue injury can make it difficult to move without assistance and take a substantial amount of time to heal. Have you ever been told by your doctor that it would have been better if you had broken a bone than suffered a severe sprain? Bones often heal well without any future impairment. Connective tissues such as ligaments once torn or stretched rarely return to pre-injury condition. If your job requires mobility, you might find yourself having to take a lot of time off from work. One of the most common types of soft tissue injuries is whiplash also known as acceleration deacceleration injuries.
Lacerations and contusions: The impact of a collision can propel a driver or passenger forward, resulting in contusions, cuts or scrapes. Loose projectiles in the vehicle can also cause this type of injury.
Broken bones: The ribs are a delicate part of the human body and, if your body is pushed forward hard enough in a collision, they can break or fracture. Other vulnerable parts of the body include the hips, arms, and legs. Fractures and broken bones are particularly common in side-impact and rear-end accidents.
Traumatic brain injuries: Traumatic brain injuries do not always produce visible indications of a serious injury, but they can still pose a serious risk to a person's health and, if not treated immediately, could result in death. If you sustained a brain injury, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Internal bleeding: Internal bleeding is usually an obvious injury, but there are times when it can appear more subtle, which is why it is necessary to visit the hospital after an accident to be thoroughly examined. Signs of internal bleeding include headaches, abdominal pain, loss of vision, and nausea.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Some of the injuries people suffer from are emotional. Severe accidents can cause PTSD, resulting in anxiety, depression, and difficulty sleeping.
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