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What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

Car Accidents

The forces involved in car accidents often cause a wide range of traumatic injuries to drivers and passengers. Some of the most common injuries caused by car accidents include soft tissue injuries, head/neck injuries, broken bones, and back pain.

If you have been involved in a car accident, a Florida car accident attorney at Searcy Denney can help.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are quite painful, but these soft tissue injuries are somewhat less severe in terms of long-term negative effects. However, lacerations and severe cuts can result in permanent scarring. Soft tissue injuries include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Stress injuries
  • Tears
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Contusions (bruises)
  • Sprains
  • Strains

Brain, Head, and Neck Injuries

Brain, head, and neck injuries from car accidents are exceptionally dangerous, often difficult to detect, and may take days or weeks to develop. If you feel even the slightest amount of pain in your neck or head after an auto accident, it is important to seek medical attention and legal advice as soon as possible.

Common brain injuries include: 

  • Open Head Injuries
  • Diffuse axonal injuries, i.e., the tearing of the brain’s long-connecting nerve fibers
  • Hematomas
  • Concussions
  • Contusions; i.e., bruising of the brain
  • Coup-Contrecoup: These injuries happen if the brain moves within the skull upon impact.

Head injuries can be severe and, unfortunately, all too common in catastrophic car accidents. Common accident head injuries include:

  • Eye and ear injuries
  • Jawbone and tooth injuries
  • Nose injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Facial fractures

Neck injuries most often result from rear-end collisions and are caused by sudden stretching or twisting due to the sudden impact. They include:

  • Cervical dislocation
  • Ligament, muscle, and tendon tears and sprains
  • Neck fractures
  • Whiplash
  • Herniated neck discs

Broken Bones

There are 206 bones in your body, some more sturdy, like your femur, and others much more delicate, like the clavicle. A car accident can potentially break any of these bones. Some of the bones typically broken in a car accident include:

  • Arm bones
  • Wrists bones
  • Hand bones
  • Backbones
  • Skulls
  • Chest plates
  • Shoulder bones
  • Face bones
  • Hip bones
  • Knee bones
  • Leg bones
  • Foot bones 
  • Ankle bones

Remember, you are entitled to compensation for all of your injuries, including minor ones that may heal themselves, like cracked ribs.

Back Injuries

Back injuries can be challenging to diagnose and may lead to an extended period, or even a lifetime, of pain and discomfort. When a back injury results in damage to the spinal cord, there may be permanent effects, which may have a devastating impact on your everyday life.

If you are experiencing symptoms from a potential back injury after being involved in a car accident, seek immediate medical care. No matter how slight or insignificant your back injury may be, you are entitled to compensation for your injury. Common back injuries that are often the result of accidents include:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis: This is a condition that occurs when one of the vertebrae in the spine slips out of place. This dislocated disc may press on the spinal cord, resulting in pain, numbness, weakness, and loss of motor control. This condition occurs most commonly in the legs.

If You Have Suffered Injuries as a Result of a Car Accident, Contact a Florida Car Accident Attorney for Help

Car accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries, all of which deserve to be compensated. If you have suffered injuries resulting from any type of automobile accident, let a Florida car accident attorney at Searcy Denney help. We offer a free consultation and work on a contingency fee basis. Contact us online today.

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