From broken bones to flesh wounds, injuries from an auto accident can leave you with scars, chronic pain, and a litany of medical bills. Every accident has unique circumstances, but certain types of injuries are significantly more common following vehicular impact. Similarities among insurance claims and in court cases show that brain, neck, and back injuries occur most frequently. If you are a victim of a motor vehicle accident, understanding these common medical conditions can you help form your case.
A traumatic brain injury, known as TBI, results from external force to the head. In a car crash, this could mean hitting the steering wheel, a window, or any other object with extreme force.TBI can also be caused by extreme and rapid shaking of the head. This causes the brain to shift or rotate in the skull, causing tissue damage. Whiplash is an example of this rotation. The severity of TBIs can range from benign to fatal. Some symptoms to be aware of include:
- Changes in vision (blurriness, double vision, poor vision)
- Slurred speech
- Severe headaches
- Lack of muscle control
- Changes in smell or taste
- Difficulty with balance
Cognitive function often becomes impaired with TBIs. Memory loss and difficulty processing information or concentrating are signs that a brain injury has been sustained. Spatial disorientation and difficulty finding words are common as well. If any of these signs appear, you should seek medical attention immediately.
The neck is extremely susceptible to injury in car accidents. Tendons, ligaments, and muscles that stabilize joints of the upper spine can be twisted and stretched beyond normal limitations amidst the jolt of a crash. This results in neck sprains and strains, also known as “pulled muscles” or, again, whiplash. Nerves providing sensation from the upper spinal cord in the neck to various areas in the shoulder, arm, and hand may be damaged. This is known as cervical radiculopathy, or “pinched nerves.” Bone spurs, herniated discs, and swollen connective tissue are all possible causes. Symptoms from neck injuries can be confusing as they may take time to manifest, or appear in parts of the body other than the neck. Some of these symptoms include:
- Pain or muscle spasms in the neck
- Pain, numbness, or weakness in shoulders, arm, or hands
- Decreased range of neck movement
Because of the involvement of the spine, back injuries present issues similar to those of neck injuries. The same susceptibility to the twisting and stretching of ligaments, tendons, and muscles exists within the lower sections of the spine. Spinal cord injuries range from simple bruising of the cord to permanent damage. Complete or partial paralysis can be one of the most devastating outcomes of a car accident. Another serious back injury is herniated discs, which is when fluid-filled discs cushioned between each vertebrae of the spine rupture or slip out of place. These herniated discs push up against the spinal cord, causing radiating pain or numbness down the back and leg. Again, it is vital to see a doctor right away if you are feeling any numbness, tingling or pain.
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The emotional distress and physical pain following a serious car accident can be overwhelming and exhausting. At Van Sant Law, our team of attorneys understands how frustrating and life-altering chronic pain, medical expenses, and lost wages can be. Attorney and founder David Van Sant brings valuable experience from previous work as an insurance company attorney. Awarded the Avvo Client’s Choice Award for his high level of integrity and professionalism, Mr. Van Sant will work hard to obtain the best possible outcome for your unique situation. Contact us today for a free consultation.