Fall is just around the corner and that means more cruising around town enjoying the weather. Most likely you have been in an auto accident or at least know someone who has been. Auto accidents, no matter the severity, are always an unfortunate event. If you get into an auto accident, take the correct procedures to verify that you are aware of your injuries. The most common injuries obtained from auto accidents are head, neck and back injuries, while internal injuries and damage to the extremities are also very common.
Head and Neck Injuries
Injuries to the head and brain are often derived from side impact collisions. If you are having headaches, memory loss or dizziness, you may have a concussion. Brain injuries are harder to diagnose because the symptoms of the injury may not be present immediately. At the time of impact, there is often a quick jolting of the brain which can cause head injuries. Other types of head injuries derived from auto accidents are skull fractures and nerve damage. If you think there is a possibility of a brain injury, CT scans and MRIs are often suggested.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries related to auto accidents. Many people who experience a rear-end impact will suffer from whiplash. You can have mild whiplash which will resolve itself within a few days, or you can have more severe whiplash. The more severe instance is due to the discs between the vertebrae moving because of the sudden head movement at impact. Severe whiplash will require chiropractic adjustments to fully recover.
Back injuries are also a very common result of an auto accident. Due to the high impact of most collisions, the vertebrae in the spine often shift or compress causing compression fractures or pain due to misalignment. Most people who have spinal injuries experience symptoms such as numbness or tingling throughout the body or trouble breathing. It is also very common for people to experience back pain after an accident since torn ligaments and muscles are common. Often prescription medication is used to ease the pain, depending upon the severity of the injury.
Other Common Injuries
More severe auto accidents produce injury to the internal organs. Ribs are often broken and can rupture lungs and other various organs. If you think you may have internal injuries, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately.
The extremities are often broken or fractured during an auto accident. Extremities include hands, arms, fingers, hips, legs and feet. The treatment for these injuries are typically splinting or casting, depending upon the severity.
If you or someone you know has experienced injuries due to an auto accident, please do not hesitate to contact us. Robert D. Erney is ready to help with over 20 years experience working with auto accident cases. To set up an appointment for a free legal consultation, call 614-258-6100 or Toll Free at 1-888-880-HURT.