Car accidents injuries can range from relatively minor to severe and even deadly. Even those car accident injuries that seem to be minor can cause lasting consequences, however, and if medical treatment is not obtained promptly, injuries can be exacerbated. Accordingly, it is important to seek medical attention after a car accident, even if there are no visible signs or symptoms of injuries.
What Are Some Common Car Accident Injuries?
Auto accident injuries run the gamut, but the following are some of the most common injuries sustained in auto accidents:
- Concussions and Other Head Injuries. A concussion occurs when the head accelerates quickly and then suddenly stops or is rapidly rotated, and they can occur even if the head does not come into contact with a hard surface. Concussions can result in confusion, blurred vision, memory loss, nausea and, in some severe cases, unconsciousness. Concussions and other head injuries should not be taken lightly. If you have been in a car accident, you should make sure to be checked for a possible concussion or other head/brain injury.
- Whiplash and Neck Injuries. Whiplash is caused when the head is violently thrust backward and forward, causing damage to the neck. Whiplash can cause injuries to intervertebral joints, discs and ligaments. Whiplash often occurs in rear-end collisions, but can occur in other car accidents as well. An injured person may feel no pain following an auto accident, with the pain developing over the next several days. Other common neck injuries include a broken neck, crushed vertebrae, and neck sprain.
- Back Injuries. Back injuries caused by auto accidents can include sprains, strains, fractures, disc injuries, thoracic spine injuries, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar spine injuries. Back and spine injuries can range a great deal in terms of extent and severity. In severe situations, a spinal cord injury can result in paralysis, with years of medical treatment and rehabilitation.
- Bruises, Lacerations, and Fractures. Auto accidents often involve bruises, lacerations, and fractures when a body part – such as the face, knee or arms – comes into contact with steering wheel, airbag, dashboard, or windows upon impact. Lacerations can also be caused by shattered glass.
- Psychological Injuries. Not all injuries are physical in nature; some auto accident victims also suffer psychological injuries, such as emotional distress and post-traumatic stress disorder, especially after serious auto accidents.
What Should I Do If I Was Injured in an Auto Accident?
If you were injured in an auto accident, you should immediately obtain medical treatment. Even if there are no visible signs or symptoms of injuries, you may want to see a doctor since some injuries take hours or days to develop. Make sure to retain all medical records, documentation, and receipts.
You may also want to consult with a knowledgeable auto accident attorney like those at the Chicago personal injury law firm of Ankin Law Office, LLC. Not only can we help you get the medical attention you need, but we can advise you of your rights, communicate with insurance companies, and advocate on your behalf to get you the compensation that you need and deserve.
Contact a Knowledgeable Chicago Auto Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in an Illinois auto accident, contact Ankin Law Office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers.