While many car accidents result only in minor cuts and bruises, others can sometimes cause serious personal injuries. Because of physical forces, positioning, and other factors, some types of injuries occur more often than others. Understanding the symptoms of common car accident injuries can help you determine when to seek medical care after a collision.
Soft Tissue Injuries
These injuries affect the tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the body, also known as soft tissue. The sudden impact that happens in a collision often damages the soft tissue in the head and neck, causing whiplash. Sprains to the middle and lower back are also common since the impact imposes sudden movement on the spine. Pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility characterize the soft tissue injuries that occur in a car accident.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
When the head collides with the window, dashboard, or steering wheel in a car accident, traumatic brain injury can result. Depending on the speed and force, the effects of these injuries can range from a concussion to a long-lasting coma. Some individuals experience permanent issues with cognitive function. See a doctor right away if you or a loved one displays unconsciousness, confusion, vision problems, hearing loss, mood changes, forgetfulness, or severe headaches after a collision.
Temporary or permanent disability can result from severe bone fractures. Common car accident fractures include injuries to the arms, legs, skull, and spinal vertebrae. When broken ribs occur, the person may also have injuries to the internal organs.
Doctors are just beginning to understand the long-term mental health effects a traumatic event like a car accident can cause. A serious injury can result in post-traumatic stress disorder, which can cause symptoms that interfere with normal functions at work, school, and home. Auto accident injuries are also associated with psychological conditions, such as anxiety and depression.
If you become unable to work and pay medical bills after a serious injury, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Pennsylvania residents can file a legal claim for the costs associated with an accident in which another driver was at fault. For a consultation about your case, contact D’Amico Law Offices, LLC. Call (412) 652-9300 to talk to our experienced attorneys serving Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.