Getting into a car accident can have widespread impacts on your life, from the loss of transportation to the ongoing paperwork and legal processes that you may need to go through; most importantly, though are the impacts that injuries can have on your life. In the event that you are injured in an accident, you may find that the insurance company is pressuring you to settle your claim with them as quickly as possible—ostensibly so that you can pay your medical bills and cover your costs, but realistically so that they can settle for as little as possible.
The following are some of the most common injuries that people sustain in car accidents, and if someone else caused the accident then the victims should not be required to shoulder the financial burden on their own. Visit the Capital Law Firm to learn about how you can get help through this process, and why the insurance company is not looking out for your best interests throughout this process.
No matter how minor or severe any injury may seem, it is very important that you see your doctor in order to get medical care, as well as to establish an official record of these injuries.
Whiplash is extremely common in accidents of all degrees of severity. This injury is caused when the head is jerked back and forth in a rapid “S” motion, causing enormous and instantaneous strain on the soft tissues, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck. When this happens, the victim can suffer from things like stiffness, extreme neck pain, trouble sleeping, headaches, and more.
Bruising may or may not be a standalone injury or an indication of more extensive injuries underneath. Regardless, bruising on its own can be very painful. These types of injuries happen when a person experiences direct trauma from an impact injury and the surficial blood vessels and capillaries are ruptured. Depending on the severity of the bruising, this injury may or may not require medical intervention.
Many people believe that fractures are different from bone breaks, but from a medical perspective, both of these terms are the same. When a bone fractures, it requires medical attention as soon as possible so that the victim can have the bone set and secured in order to make a full recovery. If a fracture goes too long before being set, it will begin to heal incorrectly and may need to be re-broken in order to support a full recovery.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries, otherwise known as TBIs, are extremely dangerous when they are not cared for properly, and even with the best medical care, they may cause long-term and permanent damage. A TBI may be something as minor as a low-level concussion to something as severe as brain death or other permanent disabilities. TBIs are known as a silent killer, because oftentimes a victim of a relatively minor injury may not exhibit symptoms. If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered any degree of brain injury, contact a doctor as soon as possible.
Equally common in a car accident is emotional pain that a victim may endure, stemming from the stressful experience of going through a car accident. These types of injuries are addressed in personal injury cases as “non-economic damage,” which insurance companies are generally quite aggressive about pushing back on these types of injuries, which is why it is so important to work with an attorney in order to get the money that you rightfully deserve.