Car accidents can cause a large variety of injuries, and these injuries can vary from person to person. However, there are some injuries that are fairly common.
This article provides a general overview about the most common car accident injuries. A doctor should always be contacted regarding specific information for a particular case.
Whiplash is one of the most common and best-known car accident injuries. It happens when a victim’s neck suddenly snaps forward and back (or back and forward) as commonly happens in a read-end collision.
Some symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Impaired range of motion
Whiplash can often be tricky to diagnose as symptoms often do not present themselves right away. This leads to victims mistakenly believing that they are less injured than they actually are.
As a result, it is very important to seek medical attention no matter how minor you believe the accident may be, as these types of injuries can have long-lasting negative effects on your life, career, and health.
It is also highly recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer that will be able to effectively advise you in what types of legal recourse may be available to you and avoid making mistakes that may hurt your personal injury claim.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (“TMJ”)
TMJ is an injury to the jaw joint between the mandible (jaw bone) and the skull, which can cause excruciating pain and difficulty and “clicking” on chewing or movement of the jaw joint. The injury could be to the muscles, ligaments, cartilage or the disc between the skull and the jaw bone. It is very important to be assessed as soon as possible by a dentist and/or a periodontist as soon as possible after a car accident if any jaw joint pain is present. This is because TMJ can be caused by a car accident or other injury, but can also occur spontaneously without anyone’s fault or direct injury.
This means that one has make a complaint to a medical or dental professional soon after the car accident, otherwise the insurance company for the injured party and the insurance company for the other driver may deny liability or causation for the TMJ injury.
Typical treatments for TMJ may include expensive splints that are custom made for the injured party and multiple assessments and adjustments over time. Therefore, it is very important to be able to prove that the TMJ injury occurred as a result of a car accident, rather than from any other reason or spontaneously.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is a fairly common injury that can happen in a car accident. In fact, a large proportion of reported brain injuries happen due to a car accident.
This type of injury most commonly occurs when the victim’s head contacts a solid object such as the steering wheel, headrest, or windshield.
Some examples of traumatic brain injury include:
- Concussion: Blunt force trauma to the brain
- Contusion: Bleeding on or within the brain
- Diffuse Axonal: Nerve tissue damage (tearing) within the brain
- Penetration: Foreign objects entering the skull and / or brain
Regardless of the severity of your brain injury, it is vital that you seek immediate medical assistance. These serious injuries can have long-term effects on your life and can cause life-long impairments and disabilities. As such, you may be entitled to a significant claim for benefits and compensation that will assist you in your recovery.
If you or a loved one has been affected by whiplash, traumatic brain injury, TMJ or any other injury as a result of an accident, contact Peter Quansah Jr. of Hajduk Gibbs today for a free consultation.
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