Car accidents can result in numerous physical and mental injuries from those that heal in a couple weeks to those that you may have to deal with for the rest of your life. While many injuries such as bumps and bruises are expected, there are more severe injuries that can occur. The type of injury and severity are important factors in determining the amount of compensation you might need.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Though we don’t often think about our spinal cords, they are important elements in connecting our brain and our body. When a spinal cord injury occurs in a car accident, the results can be devastating. Because the spinal cord plays a significant role in nearly every part of our body, an injury can mean a permanent change in how the body functions for the rest of your life.
Head and Brain Injury
Whether you experience a head-on collision or another type of car accident, injuries affecting your head and brain can be equally severe. Head injuries such as concussions are usually short-term, but can also result in long-term problems. Often, traumatic brain injury can occur when debris from the car accident pierces the brain. This injury can lead to problems affecting all of your senses as well as behavioral and mental problems.
Injury to Internal Organs
Car accidents can also result in damage to internal organs such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys. One of the biggest risks of an internal organ injury is you might not recognize it as an injury immediately. If left untreated, these injuries can lead worsening injuries and even death. Internal bleeding caused by the trauma of the accident can lead to severe consequences.
A common injury that occurs due to car accidents is whiplash, because of the abrupt jolt of the neck and head either forward or backward. Although whiplash is often considered treatable with a brace and short-term, there is also the potential for the injury to become a long-term injury affecting your life for years down the road. Because of the injury to the neck, whiplash can also lead to head and brain injury as well.
Not all injuries from car accidents are visible but can affect your life just as much. Psychological injuries that occur afterward can include anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. If your accident occurred due to someone or something else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries you can’t see, including those that are psychological or emotional. Your life is likely changed completely, and you shouldn’t have to carry the burden of any of the injuries alone.
Even if you aren’t sure whether or not your injuries are severe or long-term, it’s important you consult a qualified car accident lawyer to make sure you receive any compensation you are entitled. Dealing with injuries after a car accident can be stressful and painful but you don’t have to manage alone. Contact Greenstein and Milbauer online or call us at 1-800-VICTIM2 (1-800-842-8462) immediately for your free initial consultation.