So, you’ve been in a car accident. Your vehicle is damaged, but your thankful that though you feel a bit shaken up, you appear to be walking away with little or no injury. In this scenario, you must keep in mind that many injuries appear days, sometimes weeks after the accident. Here are some common car accident injuries to look out for…
Whiplash occurs when the neck is suddenly snapped backward, then forward. This motion is common in many car accidents, especially in rear-end collisions and even in simple fender-benders.
When whiplash occurs, the muscles and ligaments in your neck are stretched out beyond their normal range of motion, tearing or ripping the soft tissue. Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Ringing in ears
- Blurry vision
- Problems concentrating
Symptoms of whiplash may not show up until days after your injury, so it’s important that you visit your orthopedic doctor after an accident, even if you feel fine. Those with whiplash may suffer from chronic pain, and will need the help of their physician to overcome it.
The impact of a car accident leaves many individuals with constant and sometimes crippling back pain. Years after an accident, individuals may still feel back pain caused by their injury. This can be due to a number of spinal conditions. Some of the most common problems with the back that can cause pain include:
- Lumbar spine injuries
- Herniated discs
- Thoracic spine injuries
Back injuries are very serious medical conditions that should not be ignored. Failing to seek treatment for your back injury can lead to years of pain or discomfort.
In a car accident, it’s common for ligaments to be torn or damaged, especially in joints like the knee and elbow. Torn ACLs and MCLs are quite common in car accidents. These are serious injuries that can lead to continuous pain and loss of range of motion. Any tear, even a small one, can be debilitating. Treatment for damaged ligaments varies and may range from simple resting to surgery.
Contact An Attorney
If you’ve suffered these, or any other injuries due to somebody else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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