According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 2 million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year. While car accident injuries can vary from person
to person and from crash to crash, our Rockford personal injury law firm sees some common injuries which include:
Head Injury and Brain Injury – Head injuries can happen when the force from the car accident causes the driver’s head to slam into the steering wheel, side window, or
interior paneling. If your head is injured in a car accident, we need to get you to a doctor or neurologist that can tell whether the injury is a minor bump on the skull or a serious brain
injury. While the head may look fine, serious problems could result from bleeding or swelling inside the skull. A traumatic brain injury may cause changes in brain function and even a concussion
injury can have severe medical consequences.
Neck Injury – Whiplash injury is probably the most well-known car accident injury and happens when the force of the crash causes the head to jerk forward or backward
resulting in damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck. Symptoms can include pain, decreased range of motion, tightness in the neck, and headaches. Whiplash can cause permanent damage to
the vertebrae, ligaments, disks, and the spinal cord. Other neck injuries include cervical radiculopathy (a pinched nerve) and herniated disks (also known as a slipped disk). A severe car
crash can also cause a broken neck which could result in instant death.
Back Injury and Spinal Cord Injury –The most serious form of back injury involves injury to the spinal cord, which could lead to permanent disability. The most common type
of back injuries from a car wreck are thoracic spine injuries, lumbar spine injuries, herniated and bulging disks, compression fractures, and dislocation fractures. The back is one of the largest
muscle groups of the human body and even a minor injury can cause pain and discomfort when performing activities of daily living. A combination of X-rays, MRIs, and CT Scans, are used to properly
diagnose a back injury.
Arm Injury – The violent force from a car wreck can cause injury to the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, or wrist. These types of injuries are common after a car rash because
drivers instinctively use their arms to brace themselves or their passenger. Even if the arm is not injured directly, pain may radiate into the arm from other regions of the body. For example, a
whiplash injury may cause pain that originates in the neck and radiates to the shoulder and rest of the arm.
Leg Injury – The violent force from a car crash can cause injury to the hamstrings, quadriceps, knees, shins, ankles, and feet. In a car wreck, drivers instinctively brace
for the crash with one or both feet, which exposes the legs to getting hurt. Injuries to the lower extremities can result in severe pain and usually limit a person’s mobility, turning everyday
tasks like going to the grocery store into a painful hassle. In addition to dealing with the injured leg, the other leg can be at risk of being injured from having to make up for the injured leg.
For example, a driver with a dislocated right knee may try to compensate for the injury by shifting weight on the left leg which could lead to the development of a left ankle injury from
overloading the ankle joint.
No matter what kind of injury you have suffered, the Law Office of Adrian Murati is here to help you during the grueling recovery process. We want our clients to receive the medical treatment
they need without worrying about piling medical bills. Call us at (815) 289-3209 to speak with a personal injury attorney about your injuries.