If you have been involved in an auto accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you injuries are not as serious as they might be.
Often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel hurt. The most common and serious injury to the neck is a whiplash injury.Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back.
Car accidents can cause many different injuries, to virtually any part of your body, depending on the circumstances of the crash and the severity of the impact. But if you take a closer look at the range of insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits related to auto accidents, you’ll see that certain injuries crop up more than others. This article discusses the most common car accident injuries.
Brain and Head Injuries – In an injury after, an accident, one of the most common injuries suffered by drivers and passengers is a closed head injury, which can range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even when there is no physical sign of trauma (i.e. cuts or bruises), the brain is at risk of being jostled inside the skull because of the impact of a car crash, so that bruising and other injuries can result.
Neck Injuries – Another common form of injury from a car accident is neck injuries, which can occur in more mild forms such as whiplash and neck strain, to more serious injuries like cervical radiculopathy and disc injury.
Back Injuries – The impact of a car accident and the resulting torque on the bodies of drivers and passengers can cause back injuries such as a sprain, strain, fracture, disc injury, thoracic spine injury, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar spine injury. Like neck injuries, sometimes the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take some time to show up after an accident, and just as often a back injury can cause longlasting pain and discomfort.
Face Injuries – In a car accident, injuries to the face can be caused by almost anything — including a steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass. These injuries range in severity from scrapes and bruises, to laceration and fractures, even Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (TMJ) and serious dental injuries.
Psychological Injuries – Injuries caused by car accidents aren’t limited to the physical. Especially after serious car accidents involving severe injuries and even loss of life, drivers and passengers may suffer short or long-term psychological injuries such as emotional distress, and may even develop conditions that closely resemble post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).