Car accidents occur every day in Arizona. While some people walk away from a car accident with only a few bumps or bruises, others are less fortunate.
If you’ve been injured in a crash, you may wonder how many other people have experienced the type of injury you have suffered. You may want to know whether the pain and suffering you’re experiencing from the injury is “normal.” And you almost certainly want to know how long you can expect it to take before your injury heals.
The answers to these questions are as unique as you are, so it’s important to talk to a doctor about what to expect in your specific situation. Keeping a diary of your symptoms and how you deal with them assists your doctor in developing the best treatment plan. It also helps to know more about the most common types of car accident injuries.
Head and Brain Injuries
Concussions, traumatic brain injuries, skull or jaw fractures, cuts to the face that cause scarring, and damage to the teeth canal occur in a car accident if the head hits any part of the car during the crash. Even mild injuries to the head, brain, or face can cause lifelong consequences. A moderate or severe brain injury can cause permanent disabilities or even death.
Neck and Back Injuries
Many injuries to the neck and back aren’t immediately apparent while the adrenaline of the crash is still in your system. It may take a few days for stiffness, pain, swelling and other symptoms of a neck sprain/strain to appear. Injuries to the back can include herniated discs or even spinal cord damage as well as sprains or strains. Spinal cord injuries are among the most difficult and expensive injuries to treat, and they can result in lifelong mobility problems or even paralysis.
If any part of the vehicle overheats or catches fire during the accident, those inside may suffer from burn injuries. Burn injuries are among the most painful and expensive injuries to treat, particularly when burns are severe. Lifelong problems with scarring, a need for skin grafts, and ongoing pain can result from serious burn injuries, and the most severe burns can be fatal.
The forces at play during a car accident can slam any part of the body into any part of the car’s interior hard enough to break one or more bones. Some broken bones require surgery to fix, and the injured body part must often be immobilized until the bones heal. Once the bones are healed, a period of physical therapy is often necessary to restore muscle strength and tone, and pain or loss of mobility can linger.
Soft Tissue Injuries
“Whiplash” or neck sprain is one of the most common injuries in a car accident, but it’s not the only possible injury. Any damages to the muscles, tendons or ligaments imposed by the forces of the crash can cause significant pain and ongoing problems with movement. These injuries may require surgery in order to correct.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and are suffering from pain, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
At the Folger Law Firm we are dedicated to helping our clients seek the compensation they deserve. We work on a contingency basis, so we don’t get paid, unless you get paid.
Get started today by calling (602) 774-0033 for your free case evaluation.