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The risk of head and spine trauma after a car accident

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There’s a car accident nearly every day. In fact, in 2020, the United States experienced over 35 thousand fatal accidents – that’s nearly 100 accidents a day. While many collisions are fatal, minor car accidents can leave victims severely injured.

Cars are made with safety in mind, enforced by laws and regulations to include seatbelts and airbags. Yet, cars are far from being entirely safe and many people still suffer from traumatic head and spine injuries. People who survive car accidents should understand that they face a high risk of traumatic injuries.

Here’s what you should watch for:

Traumatic head and brain injuries

The brain is one of the most vital organs in the body. Without it people wouldn’t be able to do most of what they do daily, not to mention drive. Even a small injury to the brain can leave lasting damage. As such it’s very likely for victims to suffer from the following head injuries:

  • ● Whiplash: occurs when the head violently shakes back and forth and may injure the head, shoulders and spine leaving the victim in pain.
  • ● Concussion: occurs when the head suffers a blow, leaving the victim dazed and confused and may cause headaches, memory loss or sensory impairment.
  • ● Brain contusion: occurs when the brain is bruised and, as a result, may swell and bleed, causing many internal injuries.

Many forms of traumatic head and brain injuries require victims to undergo medication and care. Some people do recover from their injuries, yet, others are left with lasting side effects.

Traumatic spinal injuries

Like the head, the spine is also an important part of the body. The spine sends signals from the brain to the rest of the body – much like an antenna. When the spine is injured, it can cause serious pain and problems. The following are a couple of traumatic spine injuries:

  • ● Herniated disc: occurs when the liquid sacks between the vertebrae burst, leaving the victim in pain and with mobility impairment.
  • ● Paralysis: occurs when the spine is injured, damaging nerves and causing the immobility of limbs.

Experiencing a car accident can be life-changing and many victims have to seek legal help to ensure they get compensated for the medical care they need for their traumatic injuries.