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Common Car Accident Injuries

Injuries caused by a car accident can range from minor to severe. The following list describes some of the most common or recurring injuries suffered by victims of car accidents:

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  • Traumatic brain injury: Car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States. Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when the brain is damaged by a head injury. The injury may result from a blunt blow or a sharp, piercing wound.
  • Spinal cord or neck injury: The violent impact of an accident can cause serious damage to the spinal cord and neck. A common neck-related injury, known as whiplash, occurs when the head moves back and forth quickly and jerky. Spinal cord damage can range from minor to severe, with some injuries resulting in partial or total paralysis.
  • Burns: The body can be burned in several ways during or immediately after an accident. If your skin comes into contact with hot fluids, surfaces, or chemicals, you may burn yourself. If the car catches fire during the accident, you may suffer severe burns requiring surgery or skin grafts.

  • Fractures and broken bones: It's no surprise that broken bones and fractures are common in car accidents. Broken legs, ribs, arms, ankles and risks arise due to violent impacts and can vary in severity from a fracture to a total rupture. Some broken bones will require surgery to be reset and heal properly.
  • Facial injuries: Broken glass and impact with the steering wheel can cause cuts and other facial injuries. If severe, surgical correction may be necessary.
  • Soft tissue injuries: It's easy to think that soft tissue injuries are less severe, but that's not necessarily true. Soft tissue damage may not become noticeable or apparent until several days after the accident. Organ damage may not be obvious to the naked eye and can cause serious injury or even death.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder: Not all injuries resulting from a car accident are physical.  After an accident, So many people suffer from mental and emotional trauma . Post-traumatic stress disorder can be diagnosed by a qualified psychiatrist. Symptoms usually include feelings of worry or anxiety about activities that seemed normal to you, nightmares, and memories of the traumatic event.

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