Common Injuries Reported After an Auto Accident

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Jul 11, 2017 in Car Accident News

woman holding injured neck in her car

Car accidents often occur suddenly and with little warning. The extreme force behind an auto collision can result in a victim suffering from a variety of injuries that range in severity.

At Henness & Haight, our committed Las Vegas car accident attorneys have helped numerous victims who were injured in collisions caused by negligent drivers. Throughout our experience, we have witnessed firsthand the injuries that are commonly suffered by car accident victims.

We have the experience and knowledge needed to represent victims injured by another’s negligence. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

Whiplash

A whiplash injury is neck strain that occurs when your head is suddenly jerked backwards and then thrust forwards, or from side to side. During a car accident, there is often a great amount of pressure placed on the neck that stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck.

Car accident victims who experience whiplash often report symptoms such as:

  • Decreased range of neck motion
  • Tightness or stiffening of the neck
  • Difficulty moving the head
  • Tenderness in the affected area
  • Headaches at the base of the skull

The signs and symptoms of whiplash are not always immediately apparent and may be delayed for several hours or days.

During this time, the whiplash will worsen and may intensify the symptoms or may take longer to heal. For this reason, you should always seek immediate medical attention after an auto accident. Our attorneys have helped many whiplash victims and may be able to maximize your damages in a whiplash claim.

Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord is a fragile and complex area of your body that can undergo massive damage when subjected to the strong blunt force experienced in a car accident.

Our attorneys have witnessed several spinal cord injuries from car accidents, including:

  • Spinal fractures
  • Disc herniation
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Loss of sensation
  • Loss of body functions
  • Loss of muscle control and movement
  • Total paralysis
  • Loss of respiratory function
  • Spondylolisthesis

Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are common in car accidents and often leave victims in a partially or permanently paralyzed state.

Our attorneys understand the complications associated with this type of injury and will be able to discuss your claim during a free, no obligation consultation.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are one of the most critical and tragic types of injuries you can suffer during a car accident.

During a car accident, the blunt force of the collision may cause your head to strike an object within your vehicle, such as the windshield or steering wheel. This hard impact can cause severe damage to your brain if it collides with the inside of your skull.

There are three levels of TBI that car accident victims may be diagnosed with:

Mild TBI

A TBI is classified as mild when you lose consciousness for less than 30 minutes. Victims who suffer a mild TBI often report symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Memory loss
  • Visual disturbances
  • Dizziness
  • seizures

Moderate TBI

A moderate TBI occurs when there is a loss of consciousness lasting from 20 minutes to six hours. A person who suffers from a moderate TBI may have extended symptoms, such as confusion that lasts for several hours or days. The victim may also experience physical, cognitive or behavioral changes that last for several months or may be permanent.

The symptoms of a moderate TBI include:

  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Loss of coordination
  • Memory loss
  • Convulsions
  • Problems sleeping
  •  Weakness or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Dilation of the pupils
  • Difficulty speaking

Severe TBI

A severe TBI is when you lose consciousness or experience distortion or confusion for several days or weeks. You will experience all of the symptoms of a moderate TBI, except they will be intensified and you may suffer permanent brain damage.

There are several extreme complications and medical conditions caused by a severe TBI, such as:

  • Inability to speak or understand spoken word
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Chronic pain
  • Aggression
  • Paralysis
  • Intolerance to light
  • Memory loss
  • Aggression

If you believe you have suffered a head injury after a car accident, you should immediately seek medical treatment. Any hesitation may worsen the symptoms and result in permanent neurological damage.

After you have consulted with a medical professional, contact our experienced attorneys for qualified legal help.

Leg and Arm Injuries

Leg and arm injuries are often reported after a car accident. Many victims will involuntarily use their arms and legs to grab hold of an object and brace for impact during the collision.

Depending on the severity of your car accident, this can place great strain on your bones and ligaments, and may cause sprains, bruises, torn ligaments or broken bones.

If you suffer a leg or arm injury during a car accident, you may be at risk of losing the ability to work or perform routine daily tasks.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney Today

The impact of a car accident injury can range from posing an inconvenience to being a life-altering event.

Car accident victims often need the help of an experienced attorney who understands how to recover maximum compensation for their claim. At Henness & Haight, our team of dedicated Las Vegas personal injury lawyers are ready to work for your claim. We never charge clients upfront for our services and only require payment if we recover compensation on your behalf.

Call 844.613.6275 or complete our Free Case Evaluation form to get started.