Although fender-benders can result in no injuries to either party, this is usually not the case when it comes to more serious crashes. Your injuries will depend on a number of factors, including the details of the crash. Nonetheless, we hope you’ll find the following information helpful.
Traumatic brain injuries: These usually result from the head hitting the steering wheel, a window or other parts of the vehicle’s interior during a crash. The symptoms and long-term effects of a TBI can vary significantly, but these injuries always need to be regarded as serious.
Whiplash and other neck injuries: A sudden jerking of the head puts considerable strain on the various tissues, muscles and tendons in the neck. Although whiplash injuries can resolve quickly on their own, they often lead to chronic pain, reduced mobility of the head/neck and other problems. Sometimes, the symptoms are not immediately felt, so it is important to be examined by a doctor after a car accident.
Back and spinal cord injuries: The risks associated with spinal cord injuries should not be underestimated. Even if the spinal cord is not broken during a crash (leading to temporary or permanent paralysis), damaging the spinal cord or bones in the spine can lead to reduced mobility, chronic pain, loss of sensation or numbness/tingling.
Internal damage: After a crash, not all injuries will be visible. Internal bleeding or damage to organs in your torso (often related to seat belt pressure) can be serious or life-threatening. Again, it is important to be examined by a doctor, even if you initially feel “fine.”
Knee and leg injuries: These range from broken bones to dislocated knees to tearing and spraining of soft tissue. Some injuries can lead to chronic pain or limited mobility.
Face, jaw and dental injuries: After a crash, cuts and bruises are often the least of your concerns. Due to the head jostling around forcefully, it is common to experience jaw dislocation, teeth being knocked out and fractures to the bones in the face.
Before agreeing to any sort of financial settlement or making any official statements, please seek medical attention and the advice of a good lawyer. You don’t want to inadvertently limit your legal options.
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