Injuries are an all-too-common result of vehicle collisions. The types of injuries can vary depending on the collision itself. Some injuries are objective and can be noted at the scene, while others are subjective and may not develop for several days following the car accident. The severity of the injuries can differ based on different individual factors like whether the person was wearing a seatbelt or the position of their body at the time of the impact. The nature of the collision, such as whether it was a rear end or side impact, or low- or high-speed, also can impact the type and severity of injuries.
Here’s a look at some common car accident injuries:
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries. Whiplash can occur when your head sustains a sudden movement, like the forward-and-back motion often associated with rear-end collisions. The sudden movement can cause muscle and ligament damage. Generalized neck pain and some swelling are not uncommon either. The severity of neck and whiplash injuries differ for everyone and may be impacted by a person’s overall health condition.
Back injuries are very common. Herniated disks can either be minor or severe, often depending on the person’s overall health and whether they have pre-existing issues with their back. If the impact is serious enough, there can be damage to the spinal cord which can result in significant nerve damage. Anyone who is experiencing decreased sensation and possible loss of control over their hands, arms, feet, legs or any other body parts needs to seek medical attention right away. Very serious spinal damage can even result in permanent paralysis.
Trauma to the chest can occur with a car accident, including collapsed lungs and broken ribs. Internal bleeding is another concern. Still more serious situations can develop with people who have heart conditions, who may go into traumatic cardiac arrest. Doctors also look for damage to internal organs as well as the abdomen and pelvis.
Drivers involved in high-speed accidents can strike their head against an object inside the vehicle, like the window, steering wheel, or dashboard. This can result in a variety of head injuries, ranging from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness. In some instances, someone may sustain a skull fracture, suffer hearing loss, or even experience vision loss after striking their head.
Retaining a Rock Hill, SC Personal Injury Attorney
If you were involved in a vehicle collision and suffered injuries, even mild whiplash, you need to speak to a skilled South Carolina car accident attorney. Contact the knowledgeable team at the Elrod Pope Law Firm. You can contact us online or call our office at 803-599-3080 to schedule a consultation.
Thomas E. Pope is a Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Medical Malpractice Attorney who practices in Rock Hill, Lake Wylie, and Lancaster, SC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 31 years now. Thomas E. Pope believes in protecting the injured. Learn more about his experience here.