Common Car Accident Injuries
If you have been involved in a car accident in North Carolina, you may be facing injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to more severe, life-changing emotional and physical harm. The following is a breakdown of some of the most common injuries that are suffered on a daily basis in North Carolina car crashes:
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft-tissue injuries to the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments include contusions (bruises), lacerations (cuts), strains, sprains and tears. Lacerations may be deep and cause extensive bleeding. Torn muscles, ligaments and tendons may require surgery to repair.
Fractures, or broken bones, can range from incomplete or “greenstick” fractures to compound or open fractures, in which a broken bone pierces the skin or creates an open wound.
Typically, a broken arm or leg requires a cast for six to eight weeks. This is followed by a period of several more weeks in which the patient slowly regains strength and full use of the injured limb. A more serious fracture might require pins and screws to hold broken bones together as they heal.
Severe or multiple fractures may require traction, a system of weights and pulls that slowly realigns broken bones.
Whiplash is a traumatic injury to neck muscles, ligaments and spinal discs. It is most commonly caused by rear-end car accidents. In these crashes, a person’s head may suddenly be thrown backward and then snap forward in a motion similar to that of a cracking whip. Mild whiplash may be treated with over-the-counter pain medications and clear up in a few weeks. However, some whiplash victims develop chronic pain and suffer problems with memory, concentration and sleep.
Chest / Abdominal Injuries
The crushing impact of a collision can cause a rupture of the diaphragm (the muscle across the bottom of the ribcage that is crucial to respiration) and/or injure abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen or kidneys. These types of injuries usually require surgery.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) can result in paralysis or loss of function in one or more limbs (paraplegia) or over larger portions of the victim’s body (tetraplegia or quadriplegia). An SCI victim may lose the ability to walk, work, perform manual tasks or care for himself. Even mild spinal cord damage or damage to the vertebrae or spinal discs can cause chronic pain that reduces the victim’s quality of life.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any injury that causes bruising, torn tissues, bleeding or other physical damage to the brain. A concussion is a mild form of TBI that usually clears up after a couple of weeks of rest. Severe TBI can be chronic and cause cognitive damage (memory, learning and judgment), communication problems and behavioral and emotional changes.
A North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
Depending on its severity, a car accident injury may result in bills for medical treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, ongoing therapy and/or assistive care. Loss of the ability to work during your recovery will only add to your losses. Serious and long-lasting injuries can also cause emotional problems, such as depression over a life that has been changed forever.
It’s crucial that you take action to protect your rights. Contact the Raleigh car wreck attorneys at Hardison & Cochran without delay by calling us at (800) 434-8399 or filling out our online contact form. We can provide a free review of your case, and we won’t charge you for our legal services until we recover the compensation you need and deserve for your losses.
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