5 Most Common Car Accident Injuries
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Car accident injuries can be devastating, particularly when it comes to head, back, and neck injuries. Our attorneys have compiled a list of the 5 most common injuries and how they are treated:
Whiplash, Sprains and Strains
The most common injury resulting from car accidents is “whiplash,” and since there is usually no visible injury, and initially the pain is not always severe, it is often undetected and untreated. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck suddenly move, causing serious muscle and ligament damage.
Victims not only suffer from neck pain and swelling, but also shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness, and sometimes even vocal cord paralysis and problems with vision. Many continue to have symptoms for years after the accident, and whiplash can damage the neurological systems in addition to muscles and joints.
Back and spinal cord injuries can also occur in car accidents, where victims may lose sensation in their hands, arms, legs, feet, and other body parts. Another common injury is a herniated disk. If there is more serious spinal cord damage, victims can sometimes be left completely paralyzed.
Initial treatment after a car accident injury includes a neck brace and prescription pain medication after a physical evaluation. Physical therapy is the primary method for treating damaged tissue and preventing scar tissue from developing.
Diagnosing and treating injuries can also include diagnostic testing (x-rays, MRI), orthopedic evaluations, and/or pain management specialist evaluations. In serious cases, epidural steroid injections (ESI) may be required to treat inflamed spinal nerves.
Traumatic brain injuries can also occur during a car accident, ranging from concussions to comas, to continuous cognitive problems and even skull fractures, vision problems, and hearing loss. These types of injuries typically require extensive medical treatment over a long period of time.
Internal Injuries, Abdominal Pain, Fractured Ribs & Punctured Lungs
Serious injuries resulting from car accidents can also result from blunt force trauma to the chest, where the victim suffers from broken ribs, collapsed lungs, or sometimes even cardiac arrest. If an individual’s internal organs, abdomen, or pelvis are damaged, it can result in internal bleeding.
Broken Arm, Neck, or Leg
Injuries to hands, feet, and legs are common in car accidents, especially when motorcyclists are involved. Casts and splints are used to treat broken arms and legs. Surgery and use of metal rods may be used in serious cases to ensure that the bones are set back in place and do not move as the break heals.
Lacerations are one of the most common injuries that occur in auto accidents. In serious cases, these injuries can leave patients with permanent scarring and/or disfigurement. Treatment methods include staples, stitches, or glue to close the wound and healing ointment. In serious cases, consultation with a plastic surgeon and surgery may be required.
Victims of car accidents can also experience psychological injuries or emotional distress and may have to seek counseling and treatment for any residual injuries, particularly when permanent disfigurement is involved.
Experienced Houston Car Accident Attorneys
Our car accident attorneys have 30 years of experience helping folks in Houston and throughout Texas who have been injured in auto accidents as a result of the negligence of other drivers. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your personal injury case.
Michael P. Fleming is a highly experienced litigator who has argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a Houston resident who was twice elected to serve as the Harris County Attorney. He is also an avid runner who has completed eight marathons, to date, including two in Ireland. Only a small group of Texas lawyers are Board Certified as specialists in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Real Estate Law. Michael is one of them. He also proudly holds his B.A. degree from the University of Saint Thomas and his J.D. degree from the University of Houston College of Law.