Car accidents – no matter how major or seemingly minor – are upsetting events that damage your property and can result in serious injuries. Because the physical and financial repercussions can be ongoing, a car accident involving another vehicle should never be trivialized.
Car crashes can result in a wide variety of injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, soft tissue injuries, and sprains and strains. Here are three of the most serious types of injuries that car wreck victims can sustain.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are injuries in which the brain is traumatized by impact, but a TBI often has no visible laceration or external wound associated with it. A TBI can be especially dangerous for a variety of reasons:
- They are easily misdiagnosed because the symptoms can be vague and misleading;
- Symptoms can be slow to present and can lead to untimely treatment and serious attendant consequences; and
- Victims often find the symptoms easy to ignore – which can lead to adverse long-term health effects.
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs) can be especially dangerous car-accident injuries as they can often result in paralysis below the site of the injury. Any spinal injury – no matter how seemingly minor – must be medically evaluated immediately due to the intricate and interrelated nature of the spine and the irreversibility of many spinal injuries.
Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury caused by a sudden jerking of the head and often results in strained ligaments and muscles surrounding the vertebrae that have been forced out of place. Contrary to popular notions, whiplash can happen in any kind of motor-vehicle crash and not only in rear-end accidents. There are several common whiplash symptoms:
- Neck and/or jaw pain;
- Vertigo, dizziness, or ringing ears; and
- Radiating arm, back, or neck pain.
Whiplash often necessitates medical attention as well as physical therapy that can range from short term to ongoing.
Serious Injuries Can Result in Long-Term Problems
Any of these injuries – TBI and SCI most significantly – can have lasting after-effects that can lead to ongoing and costly medical and therapeutic expenses. Not insignificantly, all of these conditions can also exacerbate the fragile emotional state that you are likely to experience after being involved in a car crash. If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, help is available.
IF YOU’VE BEEN INJURED, CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED FLORIDA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY
The experienced Ocala car accident attorneys at Meldon Law have expertise in thorough accident investigations, and we can help you build a strong case that will afford you the compensation that you deserve. If you or someone you care about has been in a car accident, call us today at (352) 373-8000 for a free consultation.