In the United States, over 3 million people are injured or disabled in car accidents every year. These injuries can range from minor to very severe injuries. No matter the severity of the injury, the healing process after an accident can be painful and expensive. If you have been injured in a car accident because of the actions of another, you may be able to make a personal injury claim to help get financial compensation for your injuries. These are five common car accident injuries for which you may be able to make a personal injury claim:
- Neck Injuries—Perhaps the most common injury in a car accident is whiplash, when the impact of the crash causes the head to suddenly jerk forward or to side. Though some cases are minor, whiplash can be severe and painful because the muscles are over strained beyond their normal range. Other neck injuries include pinched nerves and herniated discs, which can require lengthy medical attention and physical therapy.
- Knee and Leg Injuries—Many victims of car accidents suffer knee and leg injuries when the impact of the crash causes their legs or knees to hit the dashboard, or seats in front of them if they are rear passengers. If the car is significantly damaged, many times a persons’ legs can get caught in the wreckage. Knee and leg injuries may range from cuts and bruises to torn ligaments or broken bones.
- Back Injuries—The back, and especially the spine, are particularly prone to injury because the spine is so delicate. Back injuries in a car accident can be severe and life-changing, as some injuries can lead to limited mobility or paralysis. A serious back injury can require expensive treatment and surgery, as well as extensive physical therapy.
- Concussions and Headaches—Car accidents often result in concussions (which is a traumatic brain injury) when the driver or passengers in the vehicle hit their heads on airbags, windows, or other parts of the car due to the force of the collision. Hitting the head extremely hard can cause a concussion, which can cause nausea, vomiting, severe headaches, memory loss, and other forms of damage to the brain.
- Broken Bones—If the force of the car crash is severe enough, it can result in broken bones. From broken arms, to legs, to toes, hands, and ribs, any broken bone is extremely painful. Broken bones require medical attention and months or years of healing to mend properly.
When you are in a car accident, in a matter of seconds your life is disrupted. Injuries require hospital stays, doctors appointments, and physical therapy to heal properly, all which can be expensive. If you have suffered from one of these or any other injury in a car accident because of another’s careless behavior, contact Walch Law today for your free consultation. We have years of experience handling Southern California personal injury claims and are ready to work hard to help you get the financial recovery you deserve.