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In an accident, many various kinds of injuries can occur. The severity of these injuries, and what type of injury happens, can all be determined by the kind of collision and how impactful it was. For instance, a rollover accident typically results in different injuries than a sideswipe accident. Similarly, rear end accidents pose different threats than t-bone collisions. Regardless of what kind of accident causes the injury sustained, the effect can be detrimental and can impact your entire life. Though there are many kinds of injuries that can happen in an accident, there are some that are more common than others.
The most common kinds of back injuries that occur in car accidents are spinal fractures, herniated discs, and spondylolisthesis. Spinal fractures, as the name implies, are fractures that happen to the spinal column. These are usually compression fractures. Herniated discs are when the cushions in between the vertebrae experience a shift, thus resulting in compressed or bulging discs. Spondylolisthesis is when the vertebrae themselves get moved out of place. All of these injuries can result in chronic pain, numbness or tingling, or even loss of motor function or paralyzation.
The most common kinds of brain injuries from auto accidents are concussions and contusions. Concussions happen when the brain comes into contact with the inside of the skull, usually from an abrupt force or impact. This force can also lead to contusions, which are essentially a bruise on the brain. These injuries can cause chronic pain, brain function loss and even brain death.
The most common head injuries that happen in a car accident are concussions and contusions (mentioned above), and penetrating head injuries. This penetration can be from a number of things, but is usually when debris from the accident or a projectile from within the car penetrates the skull. This can have serious effects, and may even result in a brain injury as well.
The most common kinds of neck injuries sustained from car accidents are whiplash, neck strain, and disc injuries. Whiplash is a fairly familiar injury, and is caused by a sudden stop or impact. Severe whiplash can even caused permanent damage to ligaments or muscles. Neck strain is any injury that occurs to the muscles in the neck area. Disc injuries can be herniated or shifted discs within the neck area.
If you have experienced an injury in an auto accident, your first step should be to seek medical treatment immediately. Your health and wellbeing should be your foremost priority. After documenting the scene and gathering witness accounts, you should also seek legal representation. An experienced injury attorney can help you total the amount of medical expenses as well as quantify damages for pain and suffering and obtain a fair and full compensation that you deserve. Eric Blank Injury Attorneys are passionate about our personal injury cases, and will fight for you. Contact us today.
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