Motor vehicle collisions can result in serious injuries. Sometimes, these are life-threatening and are immediately apparent after the accident. In other cases, you may not feel any pain for several days. It is important to always see a doctor after a car accident so that you can get the medical help you need for any injuries you sustained.
Some of the most common injuries in auto accidents include:
Head and Brain Injuries
During an impact, any objects and passengers inside your car can fly around. Another object could strike you or the sudden stop could cause you to slam against the inside of the vehicle. Striking your head is very common in a car accident and can cause concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). In fact, car accidents are a leading cause of TBIs.
Hitting your head against a solid object or flying debris can also cause internal bleeding, skull fractures, or lacerations that require plastic surgery. Injuries to the face, body, and extremities can be caused by broken glass and/or impact with any hard surface. Facial disfigurement may require surgical correction and could leave you with long-lasting scars.
Neck and Back Injuries
When your vehicle collides with another vehicle or object, there is a high risk of injuring your neck and/or back. While back pain is not always present immediately after an auto accident, it is crucial for you to watch out for any unusual sensations or numbness and to get a thorough medical exam. Whiplash, herniated discs, sprains, strains, and spinal cord damage can be extremely painful and debilitating. In many cases, more acute injuries or your body’s own endorphins can mask these injuries. Spinal cord damage can result in a loss of movement or sensation and serious back injuries can impact your overall quality of life.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are the most common injury in motor vehicle collisions. A soft tissue injury is when the body’s connective tissue, such as ligaments, tendons, or muscles, stretches or tears. Damage to these soft tissues can cause symptoms like headaches, digestive pain, inflammation, stiffness, and soreness. Common soft tissue injuries are whiplash, sprains, strains, and bruising. The pain from this type of injury can be significant and lingering.
Soft tissue damage may be difficult to prove, even though it can cause painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms. While diagnostic tools like X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can clearly show a broken bone or damaged organs, modern imaging equipment does not always detect soft tissue damage. Treatment for soft tissue injuries is also unpredictable. Some accident victims can be treated for an injury like whiplash with just a few doctor’s appointments and rest, while another person might have months or years of persistent symptoms.
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