The reality is that most people will end up in a car accident at some point in their lives. The severity of the accident will play a role in whether or not a person sustains injuries; if you’re lucky you will escape unscathed but many will endure car accident injuries.
Common Kinds of Car Accident Injuries
- Whiplash is the most common injury sustained in car accidents. Whiplash is caused when a person’s head is shaken forcefully and quickly back and forth or side to side. This action can strain muscles and ligaments in the neck and lead to severe injuries that require medical care such as chiropractic, massage, or even surgery. The truth is that wearing a seat belt cannot fully prevent whiplash so if you’ve been in an accident, you were put at risk. Most car insurance plans will cover some medical care for whiplash.
- Sprains and Strains can happen in a car accident because of the intense force caused by the crash. Joints, ligaments, and muscles can become strained or sprained causing physical limitations and pain until the injury is healed. The most common areas to receive strains in a car accident are the neck and lower back. There is the potential for lost wages if one is unable to work while healing.
- Severe Incidentsput the driver and passengers at risk for very painful or even long-term injuries. Car accidents that involve a fire, ejection from the vehicle, a rollover, or a head-on-collision are very serious and are likely to cause severe injuries that lead to long-term disabilities or even death.
- Head Trauma is a real risk when one is involved in a severe accident. A person’s head can easily slam into the dashboard, steering wheel, or head rest and cause a concussion which could lead to short or long-term brain damage with mild to severe symptoms.
- Broken Bones are common in severe car accidents because of the intensity of the crash. People are especially at risk for broken bones if the vehicle is severely damaged or contorted. Leg, hip, rib, and vertebrae fractures are common which lead to a loss of mobility and/or loss of work while healing.
- Facial Injuries are common in severe car accidents because of the intensity of the crash. A person’s face can easily slam into the dashboard, steering wheel, or head rest and cause scrapes, bruises, a laceration, fracture, or even jaw and dental injuries.
- Internal Injuries are possible in severe car accidents because of the intensity of the crash. Examples include injuries to bowels, kidneys, the spleen, liver, heart, aorta, or liver. Internal injuries are life threatening and should be treated by a medical professional immediately.
How Can I Afford the Medical Bills?
For the sake of your health and for your insurance claim, it is imperative that you seek medical attention after a car accident. If at all possible, get yourself on a rehabilitation program paid for by the insurance company. You will have the best chance of receiving an insurance claim if you can prove that you did not cause the accident. Collect evidence like eye-witness testimonies, pictures of the scene, police records, and medical evaluations to help you prove your case.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!