The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that almost three million people are injured in car accidents every year. These injuries can take an unfathomable toll on the victims of accidents. Whether it’s expensive medical bills or the physical pain and suffering that comes with the injury, there’s no shortage of reasons why you should be compensated. Here are six of the most common compensable car accident injuries.
1. Back Injuries
These types of accidents are a big reason why crash injuries result in $18 billion worth of lifetime medical costs each year. The human spine was never meant to take the amount of impact that a car accident can cause. In minor cases, it may cause soreness, muscle spasms, and stiffness.
More serious injuries can result in walking problems, inability to maintain posture, and even paralysis. The worst part about back injuries is that the symptoms may not reveal themselves until days or weeks after the accident.
2. Head Injuries
Head injuries can run the gambit between minor and severe when it comes to car accident injuries. On the lower end of the spectrum, there are minor injuries like light bruising and minor cuts around the head.
However, if your head hits the side window, steering wheel, or airbags hard enough, then it can lead to a serious closed head injury. A closed head injury is one in which the brain tissue and blood vessels are bruised and torn internally.
Minor closed injuries can lead to concussions. However, serious ones can have a lasting impact in the form of brain damage. This type of traumatic brain injury can require serious funds for rehabilitation.
3. Soft Tissues Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are by far one of the most common injuries from car accidents. This type of injury is defined as any sort of trauma to muscle, skin, tendons, and ligaments on any part of the body. As such, whiplash (the most common car accident injury) falls into this category.
Whiplash is when the ligaments and muscles around your head and neck become forcibly stretched out. The painful symptoms might go away in a couple of days with a minor case of whiplash. However, more serious ones can result in long-term chronic pain, limited range of motion, and potential nerve damage.
4. Arm and Leg Injuries
There are a lot of ways that arms and legs can be damaged in a car accident. The crash might cause involuntary movements which can sprain or break them. Or, in serious accidents parts of the car might crush your arms or legs. This can result in loss of limbs and mobility.
Even the hospitable bills for a simple broken leg can be expensive. Injuries to the limbs can result in lost wages from missing work. It’s because of this that compensation is offered to victims of personal injury accidents.
5. Chest Injuries/Internal Injuries
Chest injuries like broken ribs and collapsed lungs are extremely common after car accidents. This is because the force of impact can cause the seatbelt to injure this area. Unfortunately, these types of injuries tend to require surgery more than any other type of car accident injury.
Broken bones can lead to internal bleeding from pierced organs. Internal injuries occur when blunt force trauma doesn’t break the skin but manages to cause internal bleeding to the organs. If the person doesn’t seek medical attention right away with internal injuries, then they can result in death.
Unfortunately, treatment typically requires emergency surgery, which can be expensive. Because of this, it’s generally easy to get compensation for internal car accident injuries.
6. Lacerations and Scarring
Scrapes and cuts are extremely common in car accidents. That’s because the broken glass and objects in your car become flying hazards in an accident. If you have a serious wound that requires stitches, then it’s worth considering. This is especially true if it becomes infected and causes even more health problems.
Cuts that result in permanent scarring or disfigurement, can leave a lasting emotional toll on accident victims. That is why pain and suffering are compensable in a personal injury claim.
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