Car wrecks are known for causing any number of injuries to the victim. All parts of a person’s body may be afflicted from certain injuries. The circumstances of the crash, the severity of it, and of course how and where the victim was sitting in the car are all important details related to an injury claim.
Brain and head injuries are common in automobile accidents. Most passengers and drivers receive mild to severe concussions or traumatic brain injury. These occur even when there are no bruises, cuts or scrapes. The brain is jostled around and in some cases hit on the side window during an accident. The skull braces the impact but the organ suffers.
Neck and Back Injuries
Neck injuries are also very common in car accidents. Victims are often diagnosed with whiplash, neck sprains, and strains. There can be more serious injuries like cervical radiculopathy and disc degeneration. Third most common are back injuries. Back injuries are often seen in high impact collisions and symptoms and may take a while to show up after the accident. The diagnoses for most of these injuries includes lumbar radiculopathy, lumbar spine injury, thoracic spine injury, disc injury, strain, fractures and more. This too is long lasting and can affect a victim for their entire life. Most people use the Chiropractor to relieve many of the issues surrounding back injuries.
Other commonly diagnosed issues that arise from car accidents include face injuries. Again, the car is filled with force during impact, and a face could bear the brunt of it. The steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats and shattered glass are all part of it. These injuries are moderate to severe and can include gashes, bruises, and lacerations. There are even cases of victims in car accidents suffering from temporomandibular pain, specifically jaw pain. Dental injuries can occur when a victim bangs their face, and these too are fairly common. Besides the face, there is also a matter of psychological disorders and trauma arising and diagnosed during and after the accident. Injuries are painful mentally and physically and how the brain processes this is inherent. Many passengers and drivers have suffered psychological injuries like emotional distress, PTSD and more.
Major accidents in most cases only cause minor injuries believe it or not. Car crashes where cars are smashed horribly carry the possiblity that the driver could walk away unharmed. Then again, in minor accidents the driver may be carried away on a stretcher. The first thing to do in a car accident is to seek medical attention immediately. After receiving medical attention, contact a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney at our law firm to discuss your case. Our team of experienced legal professionals can assist you through the process of getting compensation for your car accident injuries.
Call (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced St. Louis Car Accident Attorney at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.
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