Auto Accident Injuries

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Common Injuries From Auto Accidents

Head injuries such as concussions or brain injuries happen in bad accidents or in minor collisions when people do not wear seat belts. Back injuries such as herniated discs or spinal cord damage may happen due to impact. Whiplash and traumatic cardiac arrest also occur in some instances. Sprains, strains, lacerations and broken bones are common in the extremities. Emotional distress is also a form of injury that accompanies many accidents even if the physical injuries are not severe. This type of injury also occurs in witnesses who see a collision or its traumatic consequences.

What Is Whiplash?

Many people assume that whiplash is only one injury that causes a sore back or neck. However, the term refers to several possible injuries that happen because of a sudden impact. The injuries can happen whether a vehicle is traveling fast or slow. The impact causes a person to lunge in one direction and back in the other. This jerking motion often leads to hyper-extension of muscles, ligaments or vertebrae. Unfortunately, these injuries cannot always be identified immediately after an accident. They may take days or weeks to develop. Here are some symptoms of whiplash:

  • Neck stiffness or tightness
  • Persistent neck aches
  • Dizziness
  • Frequent headaches
  • Persistent back pain

Children And Fatal Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the main cause of childhood death is car accidents. Although not all child injuries or deaths are preventable, many can be prevented by proper use of car seats and vehicle safety features. Children who meet the state's criteria for being in a booster seat should always be in one that is approved by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Some people wrongly assume that children will be safe when traveling a short distance at a slow speed. However, many childhood deaths have occurred because young children were not in their car seats.

Claims For Injuries

The at-fault driver is responsible for the medical costs of the other vehicle's occupants and any long-term effects of their injuries. In addition to being responsible for physical damages, the at-fault driver is responsible for property damage. These are some common damages that can be included on a claim:

  • Loss of affection
  • Reduced employment opportunities
  • Lost wages
  • Long-term medical care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical equipment
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering

To learn how to file an auto accident injury claim, contact an attorney.

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