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If you or someone you care about has recently been in an automobile accident, you may wonder how severe or how common your injury is – should you go ahead and pursue a claim?
The simple fact is you may not feel pain immediately following an auto collision. Symptoms and pain may start to creep up on you weeks or even months later. That’s why it is crucial to have a thorough medical exam as soon as possible following any type of vehicular accident.
Neck injuries are often one of the most common complaints after an automobile accident.
Whether the impact to the vehicle is minimal or severe, the neck can be one of the most sensitive parts of the body and is easily affected by any type of collision.
Whiplash is the most common as the head shakes to the side or backwards; an extreme amount of pressure is put on ligaments – causing soft tissue damage that results in strains or sprains. Pain is not always felt immediately as symptoms can be overlooked due to shock and heavy adrenaline coursing through the body following a crash. It is important to get checked out by a medical professional immediately.
Damage to the spinal cord, whether it is slight or serious, can cause significant nerve damage and in extreme cases can cause permanent paralysis. Examples of other serious spinal injuries include herniated discs, fractures, sprains and lumbar disc injuries. Don’t underestimate even mild back pain following an accident! Symptoms may surface weeks or even months after an auto collision.
The sudden impact from a collision can cause severe damage to internal organs and may have serious implications such as damage to the spleen, lungs, heart, kidneys, bowels or liver amongst others.
Rib fractures are also quite common. Such fractures may lead to other injuries, resulting in punctured lungs and other organs. Internal injuries can be fatal, so it is important to get checked out by a medical professional immediately after a traffic accident.
Head and brain injuries are some of the most common and most debilitating injuries suffered by passengers and drivers of automobile accidents. Symptoms can be mild to severe depending on where a person is located in the vehicle and the level of violent force impacted to the skull. Even without physical signs of trauma such as cuts or bruises, sudden force to the head can cause damage to the brain – which is why it is important to seek medical attention straight away.
Facial injuries are common and can result from hitting the dashboard, steering wheel, windshield, airbag, side window, back seat or shattered glass. The severity of injury varies ranging from minor cuts and bruises to jaw fractures and can even cause serious dental injuries.
Regardless of any physical injuries that result from a traumatic auto collision, emotional distress is very real and can easily be overlooked when the focus is on visual signs of trauma. Everyone responds to stress differently and depending on how severe the crash; anxiety, depression, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder can all be the direct result of an auto accident.
Personal injuries as the result of an automobile collision should never be taken lightly as the long-term effects of a serious injury can be devastating to one’s quality of life.
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