5 Common Injuries in a Car Accident

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

No one wants to be involved in an event as stressful and dangerous as a car accident. Unfortunately, in many cases, this cannot be prevented.

In addition to the material damage you may suffer, physical and emotional injuries also occur in this type of accident.

This article will delve into some common physical injuries that often occur during a vehicle collision.

Neck Injuries: Whiplash

This is one of the most common injuries, especially in rear-end collisions. It affects the spine and neck muscles, causing pain, stiffness, headaches, and even, in very severe cases, neurological problems.

Back Injuries: Herniated Discs

This happens when the discs that cushion the vertebrae of the spine shift or rupture, and its symptoms can be very varied, such as back pain or even weakness in the extremities. To recover from this, it is necessary to undergo medical treatment that includes physical therapy, medications, or, depending on its severity, surgery.

Head Injuries: Concussion and Traumatic Brain Trauma

Impacts on the head during an accident can cause concussions or traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can have short- and long-term effects on brain function. Symptoms can range from headaches and dizziness to cognitive problems. Concussions require immediate medical attention and rest.

Chest Injuries: Bruises and Rib Fractures

Impacting the steering wheel, dashboard, or seat belt can cause chest injuries ranging from bruises to chest fractures. It can be very painful in both cases and make normal breathing difficult. As always, recovery takes time, and treatment depends on its severity. It may require rest or even surgery to fix fractured ribs.

Extremity Injuries: Fractures and Sprains

Finally, minor and severe damage to the extremities can occur, such as sprains and fractures. Again, treatment will include physical therapy, rest, immobilization, or surgery in extreme cases.

What to Do if You Suffer Injuries in an Accident?

  • Seek medical attention immediately and request a medical report
  • Document injuries and the accident with photos and videos
  • Gather witness contact information
  • Report the accident and obtain the police report
  • Seek legal help

Always be careful on the road to avoid accidents, but if you have the misfortune of encountering an irresponsible driver, your health comes first. The second thing is to seek legal help from an expert Personal Injury attorney to obtain justice and the compensation you deserve for your material losses and injuries, both physical and emotional.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.