Car accidents can leave the victims dealing with injuries both short- and long-term, and the following is a summary of the most common types of injuries. Perhaps you have suffered some of these injuries at the hands of a negligent driver; in that case, you may be eligible for compensation under personal injury law.
Traumatic brain injuries
The head trauma that crash victims experience can lead to concussions or traumatic brain injuries. Symptoms, which can range from headaches and dizziness to nausea, may appear right away or only after a delay or days or weeks. TBIs that lead to subdural hematoma, or bleeding underneath the skull, victims will need to undergo surgery.
Injuries to the neck or back
The neck may snap back and forth in a rear-end collision, causing whiplash. This involves the straining or tearing of the neck muscles and ligaments. Surgery comes in if the neck vertebrae become dislocated. As for back injuries, these can range from the straining of back muscles to the fracturing of back bones or the herniation of a spinal disc.
Internal injuries with a seatbelt
Seatbelts can do harm, too. The lap belt may injure internal organs like the heart, liver and spleen, even to the point where one begins to bleed. The shoulder belt can crack the collarbone or ribs. Without a seatbelt, though, drivers could break their leg.
Having a lawyer represent you
Motor vehicle accidents can lead to the victims losing work and even suffering from a diminished capacity to work. They may also have suffered mentally, too, developing anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. To see how much you might recover in damages, you may want to speak with a lawyer. The lawyer may help you strengthen the case with evidence gathered by investigators, and he or she may handle negotiations as well.