Almost every driver in Alaska has gotten into at least one fender bender in their lives. Luckily, many of these mishaps don’t require a car accident lawyer or a personal injury attorney. But if your accident is more serious, you may have been quite hurt.
As experienced personal injury lawyers, we’ve seen numerous injuries occur from car accidents. Below are a few of the topmost common injuries you may experience in a car crash.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in a car accident, particularly rear-end collisions The Mayo Clinic defines whiplash as “a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.” Most cases of whiplash simply require a doctor’s checkup, not necessarily a call to a personal injury attorney.
Whiplash is usually resolved within a few weeks and can be treated with ice packs, over-the-counter painkillers like Advil or Tylenol, or even a neck brace if your doctor believes you can benefit from one.
Scrapes and Cuts
When in an auto accident, there may have been shattered glass, broken car parts, airbags deployed, or various displaced objects in the car that could cause scrapes and cuts.
In more serious cases, someone may have been ejected from the car. This can cause a huge amount of scrapes and cuts, and would most likely warrant a call to an injury attorney.
Head injuries are among the most serious injuries you can get in a car accident. We cannot stress this enough: if you believe you’ve gotten a head injury during a car accident, visit a medical professional immediately. Head injuries are nothing to take lightly.
Two major head injuries that can occur from a car accident are concussions and contusions. While concussions may be relatively common, they’re still considered traumatic brain injuries. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and vomiting. If left untreated, concussions can cause significant long-term damage.
If you’ve experienced an especially harmful and detrimental injury, it might be wise to reach out to a personal injury lawyer.
Your body experiences a lot of physical trauma when involved in a car accident, so it’s quite common to have various broken bones afterward. You may want to hire a personal injury attorney if your broken bones require significant medical attention.
An example of a broken bone that can result from a car accident is a broken rib. If you have ever broken a rib, you know how painful the recovery period is. One thing that makes broken ribs especially dangerous is the fact that they can puncture other, internal organs such as the lungs. This is referred to as “pneumothorax,” which is when a broken rib punctures a lung and causes the lung to collapse.
Internal injuries are a huge umbrella term, but two of the main ones that can result from a car accident are internal bleeding and organ injuries, which are closely connected.
- Internal Bleeding. This can be especially dangerous because it’s not entirely clear right away that internal bleeding is occurring. That’s why it’s important to consult with a medical professional after being involved in an accident.
- Organ Injuries. A high-impact crash can impact any organ in your body, resulting in internal bleeding or rendering the organ non-functioning. The most common organs to be injured in an accident are the kidneys and the liver.
If you have been significantly injured in a car accident, feel free to reach out to us. We can recover your medical expenses in the form of a personal injury settlement.