What Are the Most Common Injuries You May Experience After a Crash?
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may be wondering how common your injury is — and whether it’s worth pursuing a claim. After a crash, you may not notice severe symptoms right away. But while some car accident injuries are minor, others can be life-changing or even fatal if not treated properly.
At Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys, we help survivors pick up the pieces after a serious car crash. Below, we discuss some of the most common types of car accident injuries, and what you should do to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries cover a wide variety of conditions that involve our skin, muscles, ligaments, and other tissues. They can include:
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts, scrapes, and abrasions
- Torn muscles and ligaments
- Contusions and severe bruising
Whiplash is probably one of the most common, and misunderstood, car accident injuries. While insurance companies are almost always skeptical of whiplash claims, the condition is very real and involves the delicate muscles and ligaments that support our necks and cervical spines.
The structures that make up our spine help us move and let our brain communicate with the rest of our body parts. When something goes wrong in your spine or back, it can have a dramatic impact on your ability to do even simple, everyday tasks — and the pain can be excruciating.
Common back and spine injuries include:
- Herniated and bulging discs
- Spinal cord damage
- Swelling and inflammation
- Muscles sprains and strains
- Compression and vertebral fractures
A surprising number of people suffer brain injuries during car accidents, but it can take time and expertise to properly diagnose these conditions. When you’re involved in a car crash, your brain and bounce back and forth in your skull, damaging your sensitive brain tissues, nerves, and the blood vessels that support it.
At Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys, we’re familiar with the nuances of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including the following:
- Hemorrhage and hematoma
- Diffuse axonal injuries
- Coup-contre coup injuries
- Penetrating injuries
- Skull fractures
When you’re in a collision, your torso can take a beating from the forces associated with the crash, your airbag’s deployment, and other factors. This can lead to broken bones, collapsed lungs, and organ damage involving your kidneys, liver, spleen, and even heart.
Upper Extremity Injuries
Just like your chest, upper extremities like your arms, shoulders, and hands, can be seriously damaged during a car accident. Common car accident injuries include rotator cuff tears, broken arms, hands, and wrists, and nerve damage.
Lower Extremity Injuries
During a car crash, you can fracture your leg bones, damage your knees and ankles, and experience other lower extremity trauma. These injuries can limit your ability to walk, stand, and do the things you love.
How Do I Prove My Car Accident Injuries?
When you file a car accident claim, you will need to provide the insurance company with strong evidence that connects your injuries to the crash. Your medical records are essential to this endeavor.
Every time you see a doctor, they document your symptoms and diagnoses. Objective tests, like x-rays and MRIs, can identify how a crash injured you exactly and explain your pain. And your doctor probably will recommend restrictions and a treatment plan that helps us calculate your damages.
For this reason, you should always seek medical care after a crash — even if you don’t think you were seriously injured. Sometimes, your bumps and bruises are early indicators that something is seriously wrong. The earlier you see a doctor the better.
However, it is also important to follow-up with your doctors after you leave the ER. This ongoing treatment will help clarify your injuries and how they impact your life.
Are Some Crashes More Serious Than Others?
Again, no two car crashes are the same. Some involve dramatic collisions, explosions, and fatal injuries. Others are minor fender benders. While you can suffer life-changing car accident injuries in a “minor” crash, you’ll need a lawyer who can help you connect the crash with your conditions.
We help clients with a full array of car and motor vehicle crashes, including the following:
- Head-on collisions
- Sideswipes and t-bone collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Motorcycle crashes
- Truck and commercial vehicle crashes
- Crashes involving bike riders and pedestrians
Learn More About the Value of Your Car Accident Injuries
We understand that your crash and circumstances are unique. If you or a loved one suffered serious car accident injuries, you need help from a lawyer who understands how Alabama’s injury claims system works. At Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys, we’ve built a reputation for our aggressive and personalized style of legal representation. We can help you understand your injuries, estimate their value, and get the compensation you deserve.