Every auto accident is different, but there are some things that most accidents do have. One of those is the types of injuries that victims sustain in the crashes. A seasoned Chicago accident attorney is familiar with the most common types Illinois auto accident injuries and will gladly discuss the circumstances of your case.
If you have been in a car crash, realize that signs of injury may be delayed. Always seek out medical treatment right away to ensure proper diagnosis of and care for injuries. Delaying a visit to the doctor can result in very dangerous medical conditions and fatalities.
The most common types of injuries:
Brain injuries can be very dangerous if not treated. Concussions are one of the most common brain injuries people suffer in a collision. Concussions happen when a brain is severely shaken, usually caused by the head slamming into the steering wheel or window upon impact.
A person with a concussion needs to get lots of rest to heal from the brain bruise. When diagnosed with a concussion, watch for any symptoms which could indicate a more serious trauma. Symptoms include dizziness, headaches, severe nausea, and vomiting. More serious brain injuries could need surgery to relieve pressure or bleeding in the brain.
Broken bones are an obvious injury and victims typically end up at the emergency room after the accident. Especially with compound fractures, where the bones come right through the victim’s skin. Compound fractures can really be dangerous to victims with a high risk of infection without immediate treatment. Treatment for other fractures can include casting or surgery to install metal plates and screws to hold the bone together so it will heal.
One of the most common car accident injuries is whiplash. Whiplash occurs because the impact of one vehicle smashing into another often causing a person’s head to violently slam forward to back, or side to side. These jerking movements can cause strain on neck ligaments.
Treatment of whiplash involves icing to reduce swelling for a few days and then switching to heat. A neck collar or brace also helps. In most cases, whiplash heals. However, some victims may also suffer from back disc herniation which can require physical therapy and/or surgery.
Another common injury that people suffer in auto accidents is an injury to the back or spine. Back injuries range from mild, such as dislocations or strains, to more serious, including paralysis or loss of mobility.
Treatment for back injuries depends on the extent of the injury and what your doctor suggests for you. Common treatments include rest, physical therapy, or surgery.
Knee and Leg Injuries
Think about where your legs are while driving. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that common injuries usually happen to the knee and leg. Victims can suffer from bruises, cuts, or fractures. Knees dislocate or tear. Other vulnerable areas include ankles and toes.