Car accidents can be traumatic experiences for those involved and for those close to the victims. Some of the most complicated and severe car accident injuries involve the head, neck and back. Traumatic brain injury is a very serious injury that can result from being in a car accident. TBI can occur when external force caused by a car accident traumatizes the brain. This could lead to temporary or even permanent impairment to brain function. This type of brain injury is often times characterized by skull fractures and brain bruising.
Side impact auto accidents cause more brain injuries that do rear end accidents. Brain damage in an auto accident is most times related to the immediate acceleration and instant deceleration of the brain. Correctly diagnosing a brain injury is difficult. Concussions and seizures are associated with brain injuries as are dizziness, headaches, memory loss, loss of concentration, anxiety and depression. To help diagnose a brain injury, specialists use MRI and CT scans.
Car accidents can cause a number of different neck injuries from whiplash to disk problems. Whiplash is the most common neck injury caused by a car accident and one of the most annoying. Rear end impact car accidents are most frequently associated with whiplash injury. Whiplash injures the neck’s soft tissues that include ligaments, nerves and muscles. Symptoms include limitation of head and neck movement, which can cause loss of peripheral vision, and neck pain.
Whiplash can be very debilitating because it can be permanent or temporary and affect every aspect of your life. If it continues for more than 48 to 72 hours following an accident then physicians, often times will prescribe medication and suggest rehabilitative therapy.
Cervical, inter-vertebral, mid-back, lumbar, thoracic and lower back discs are all discs that can be affected by a car accident. Such accidents can cause compression fractures that could create permanent disability. Herniated or the bulging of a disc might also be caused by a car accident and could cause a spinal cord compression.
Symptoms of these injuries include paralysis, weakness in the arm or leg, numbness, tingling, abnormal bladder or bowel control and difficulty breathing. These symptoms may require surgery to remove discs or perform spinal fusion. Inflammation is often caused by these types of injuries and medication to reduce the inflammation is often times prescribed by medical providers. If the symptoms persist often times the patient is then sent to sessions of physical therapy or rehabilitative therapy.
If you or a loved one has experienced head, neck and/or back pain or injuries, you may have legal grounds to seek compensation. The party responsible and their insurance company should pay your medical bills, therapy and retraining expenses. Talk to a personal injury law firm that is committed to helping clients who have suffered head, neck and/or back injuries. Call Clay now! We provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.