Auto accident injuries can range from minor bruises to long-term or, worse still, fatal injuries. If you are hurt in a car accident that is another person’s fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
One of the factors the court will take into account when determining your compensation amount is the nature and extent of your injury. Depending on the severity of the crash, here are some of the injuries you may sustain.
These injuries happen when the head is violently hit against the vehicle’s body or cut by sharp objects during the crash. Depending on the severity of the accident, head injuries can range from minor bruises and lacerations to more severe ones like a traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion or even permanent brain damage.
Common symptoms of head injuries resulting from car accidents include bleeding, passing out, dizziness, blurred vision and speech difficulty.
Back and spinal cord injuries
These injuries happen when the body is subjected to intense pressure during the crash. One of the worst things about back and spinal cord injuries is that the symptoms can take days or even weeks to manifest. This is why it is recommended that you seek treatment immediately following a car accident, even if you do not feel hurt.
Symptoms of back and spinal cord injuries include muscle spasms, pain that becomes severe with time, stiffness and inability to maintain proper posture. A serious injury to the spine can also result in paralysis.
Soft tissue injuries
These are some of the most dangerous, yet difficult to detect, injuries that you can sustain in an auto accident. Soft tissue injuries happen when the body is hit, pierced by debris or pressed against the car’s body during the accident. If left untreated, soft tissue injuries can cause internal bleeding, which can result in fatality.
If you are hurt in an auto accident that has been caused by another party’s reckless acts, it is important that you pursue the at-fault party for compensation.