Car accidents happen every day. While some are minor, other car accidents can leave people with debilitating injuries.
You may need to know what kind of injuries you may suffer following a vehicle collision. Here are some of the most concerning:
1. Herniated disc
Between each vertebra in the skin are liquid sacks that help reduce friction and absorb shock. In a car accident, these discs may be moved out of place. As a result, a victim may suffer from a herniated disc. A herniated disc can be extremely uncomfortable and limit a person’s ability to move.
The brain sends signals through the spine and to the arms, legs and other body parts. If the spine suffers an injury, then these signals may not move through the body. When this happens, a victim may lose control over parts of their body, which is called paralysis. Paralysis can affect many parts of the body at once, such as the lower torso or the entire body.
A concussion is caused by someone experiencing a blow, hit or strike to the head. The blow then causes the brain to shake around the skull. The victim may then feel disoriented, confused and tired and may experience memory loss or temporary loss of consciousness.
4. Skull fractures
Another medical condition that can occur when someone suffers from a blow to the head is a skull fracture. The fracture may be a minor crack or it may break the skull and send bone fragments into the brain. Either injury can cause serious mental and physical conditions.
Not all medical conditions after a vehicle accident are physical; some accidents may cause mental health illnesses. People often suffer from a mental health condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident. PTSD can leave a person suffering from nightmares, stress and flashbacks, which may be very limiting.
People who suffer injuries after a car accident often have to seek medical treatment. Medical treatment can quickly build up someone’s medical debt. If this is happening to you, then you may need to be aware of your legal right to seek compensation.