Serious Injuries Commonly Sustained During an Automobile Accident
Even non-fatal automobile accidents can cause serious injury. Some serious injuries can take weeks, months, or even years from which to recover. Others can cause permanent disability, forever changing the life of the accident victim. Either of these situations can result in expensive medical bills, time lost from work, and difficulty in fulfilling daily tasks or responsibilities. The following highlights the most common of these types of injuries.
Although concussions are the most commonly discussed brain injuries sustained in car accidents, there are other, less known conditions, including subdural hematomas, blood clots, and traumatic brain injuries. All can result in long-term complications. Some may even become fatal if left untreated.
If you suffer any symptoms of disorientation, confusion, memory loss, coordination problems, speech problems, frequent and/or prolonged headaches, changes in personality, or weakness in your limbs after an automobile accident (even weeks after), you should seek medical treatment from a licensed physician.
Whiplash or Whiplash Associated Disorder
Whiplash can occur in accidents with speeds as low as just 14 miles per hour, and it is experienced by an estimated 20 percent of rear-end accident victims. The condition can become serious, and symptoms may include neck or shoulder pain and/or stiffness, or numbness in the hands or arms. It is important to discuss your symptoms with a doctor to ensure you receive the proper tests and treatment for your condition.
Although general or localized back pain is often a short-term condition experienced by automobile accident victims, others suffer long-term or even permanent damage to their back. This is often determined by which structures are damaged (muscles, ligaments, nerves, or vertebrae), and to what extent. If you experience back pain that either worsens or does not go away, you should speak with your doctor regarding your condition.
Although most people associate internal bleeding with immediate danger, the truth is that some bleeds are insidious in nature. Yet, even those that take hours or days to present can be life-threatening. Seek emergency medical treatment if you notice any signs of abdominal pain or swelling, or if you notice any purple bruising in your abdominal area. Other symptoms can include fainting or dizziness.
Broken Bones and/or Loss of Limb
Impact in an accident, ejection from a vehicle, flying objects within a vehicle, or entrapment of a body part within a vehicle can cause injury to the body's bones or limbs, including broken bones or loss of a limb. These conditions will usually be treated or noticed immediately after the accident, but the long-term implications are not always minor in nature. Some may even result in permanent damage.
Seek Qualified and Experienced Legal Counsel for Your Injuries
Any injury that results in lost wages, expensive medical bills, or permanent disability may serve as cause for a personal injury lawsuit. However, as you focus on healing from your injuries or adjusting to the changes in your life, the pursuit of compensation can prove to be a daunting task, particularly when you factor in the complexities of an automobile accident claim. Rather than trying to go it alone, seek assistance from a skilled and experienced automobile accident injury attorney.
Experienced in handling the serious injuries often sustained in automobile accidents, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. can assist you with your injury claim. Compassionate and dedicated, their attorneys work aggressively to secure maximum compensation for the injuries of their clients. To learn more, call 920-739-7366 and schedule your free initial consultation with a skilled Appleton personal injury attorney or a Green Bay personal injury attorney today.