Common Injuries After a Car Accident In Winter Haven
Every car accident is unique, which is why the team at Abercrombie, P.A. thinks that it is so important to give each of our clients the best and most specific legal protection available in order to provide them with the best chance of a fair settlement. However, even though each crash is different, there are many common themes that come with many accidents, including some common injuries. However, even two accidents with similar injuries will not be the same, since the severity of the injuries will differ, and the impacts on the victims’ lives will be entirely unique to their circumstances.
The following is a list of some of the most common injuries following a car accident, but we understand that your experience with an injury requires unique and specific care. Whether or not your own injuries are represented below, contact us now for a free initial consultation about your case, and learn more about how you can benefit from the support of an experienced attorney.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in any accident, both at low-speeds and high-speeds, simply because of the nature of the injury. When a person is in an accident, they are rapidly thrown forward, and when they are protected by a seatbelt it causes their head to rapidly jerk down and back in an “S” motion. This motion causes enormous stress on the soft tissues in the neck and upper back and can lead to symptoms such as a stiff neck, trouble sleeping, jaw pain, headaches, limited mobility, and more.
Depending on the severity of the injury, you may either need to keep your neck braced as the tissues recover, or may need medical intervention in order to make a full recovery.
Fractured and Broken Bones
When a bone is subjected to an impact or force that is greater than the bone’s strength, it causes it to break in a number of possible ways. Many people mistakenly confuse fractures and breaks as two separate medical issues, but in fact, a fracture is the proper medical term for what is commonly known as a broken bone.
Fractures require medical care in all cases, because they may need to be set in order to properly heal, and will almost certainly require a support device such as a cast, sling, or splint to aid with recovery.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries have an extreme range of symptoms and can range from minor concussions that require little to no intervention, to injuries as severe as permanent brain damage and even death. However, every brain injury, no matter how seemingly minor, must be examined by a medical professional to ensure that there are no unseen complications that may cause further disruptions.
TBIs are known as “silent killers,” because when self-diagnosed, a brain injury can lead to long-term or permanent problems for the victim. In order to get a complete understanding of the injury, a doctor may need the victim to submit to an MRI, CT scan, or a variety of other tests.
Sprains go beyond whiplash when it comes to car accidents, and like whiplash, require that a medical professional examines the injuries and is able to prescribe a course of treatment in order to facilitate a full recovery. In many cases, a sprain may need to be immobilized in a split or an air cast, but in more severe cases may require surgery to repair ligaments, tendons, and muscles that are damaged. Ignoring a sprain can lead to long-term problems such as chronic instability in the affected joint, damage to the joint itself, and more.
Emotional injuries are not the first things that most people think of when considering common injuries in an accident, but they are very real and deserve to be given the attention that they deserve. The fear and trauma that comes with being involved in an accident can have lasting effects on a victim, which is why they are included in compensatory damages as “non-economic damage.”
When seeking compensation for emotional pain and suffering, you can expect that the insurance company will push back as aggressively as possible to limit their financial burdens. When you are working with our car accident law firm in Winter Haven, you can be confident that we will fight for every dollar that you deserve.