Car Accident Injuries
If you have been injured in an auto accident, our Los Angeles car accident lawyers can help you receive the compensation for your car damage, medical bills, lost wages and your injuries.
The first 24 to 48 hours after being in an auto accident are critical. No matter the situation, first and foremost, seek medical attention. Immediate medical treatment can help avoid further injury and lead to a faster, more complete recovery.
A car accident can inflict injuries to any and all parts of your body. Head, neck and back injuries are certainly the most common, but car accidents also cause injuries to internal organs as well as arms and legs.
The following are some of the most common car accident injuries:
Whiplash, one of the most common types of car accident injuries, accounts for more than one million car accident neck injuries each year. A significant percentage of such injuries lead to long term disability. The neck is more vulnerable to injury when a person’s head is turned to the left or right, or if the head rest does not cover the whole back side of the head.
A neck injury can cause serious injury to the joints, discs, muscles, nerves, and ligaments of the neck and is most serious when a victim’s head is turned to the side during impact. A neck injury causes neck pain and limitation of neck and head movement, affecting rotation and peripheral vision.
Crashes can also strain your back. Back injuries result in serious and sometimes debilitating pain in the larger muscles of the back.
The discs in your back, referred to as intervertebral discs, can also become injured in the event of a car accident. Disks in the neck and spine may bulge, slip or rupture. A disc may become herniated and require surgery. An injury of this type may not be diagnosed until months after a car accident and require longer periods of rehabilitation, recovery time, and larger medical bills.
Crash victims can also suffer catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can cause serious nerve damage resulting in paralysis, loss of feeling in certain areas of the body, loss of reflex function, and the loss of involuntary processes controlled by the nerves such as heart rate, digestion, and respiration rate. Spinal cord car accident injuries are very debilitating and can lead to secondary medical problems like pressure sores, pneumonia, and pulmonary embolism.
WRISTS & ANKLES
Your wrists, hands, fingers, ankles and feet are all at risk during a car accident. Instances of extreme deceleration during a collision can place immense weight loads onto the bones in these joints. Your hands and wrists can be broken by the steering wheel and/or an air bag deployment while your feet and ankles are at risk of injury from the gas and brake pedals. Air bags save lives, but can also cause injuries to the face, hands, wrists and arms. Typical injuries include abrasions, fractures and sprains.
Victims of car accidents may suffer serious internal injuries to their organs such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines. Fractured ribs, punctured lungs, lacerated livers and kidneys, and torn spleens frequently occur, requiring extensive hospitalization.
Although seatbelts save lives, they can also inflict serious injuries during the course of an accident. During an auto accident, a seat belt can apply force through the abdomen to the soft tissues of the abdomen and the spinal column behind. These body parts are not strong enough to withstand such forces, and the belt itself may cause serious or fatal injury.