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Types of Car Accident Injuries

Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jun 11, 2018 in Car Accidents

man with neck injury after car crashCar accidents can result in a variety of serious injuries, from head injuries to spinal cord injuries and long-lasting damage to the arms or legs. Some of these injuries could take weeks or months to recover from, while others could result in permanent physical disabilities.

If you sustained an injury in a car accident, and you believe the accident was caused by another driver's negligence, an experienced Silver Spring car accident lawyer from Goldberg Finnegan may be able to help you pursue compensation. We have worked with victims who have sustained a variety of injuries and are experienced at determining the true extent of damages related to these injuries. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation today.

Head Injuries

Head injuries are some of the most common car accident injuries. Victims may suffer a head injury by hitting their head on a hard surface, such as the dashboard or the inside of the car door. Another way victims can suffer a head injury is by having an object penetrate their skull, such as a loose object in the vehicle or broken glass.

Victims can also suffer head injuries due to the sheer force involved in a collision. When their head is propelled forward and their neck snaps it back, the sudden momentum can cause the brain to collide with the interior portion of the skull.

Symptoms associated with head injuries include:

  • Headaches
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Balance or coordination problems
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Ringing in the ears or problems focusing the eyes
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries involve damage to the body’s muscles, ligaments or tendons. Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury to the neck and upper back that occurs when the muscles and ligaments are stretched because of sudden movement. Other soft tissue injuries include sprains to the back that may be severe based on the impact against the spine.

Symptoms of soft tissue injuries include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulders, upper back or arms
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches at the base of the skull
  • Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Problems concentrating

Neck and Chest Injuries

The sudden impact of a car accident can cause serious damage to the muscles or ligaments of the neck. Blunt force trauma can cause chest injuries, including broken ribs, collapsed lungs and cardiac arrest. Accident victims often sustain chest injuries because they hit the steering wheel or dashboard during the crash.

Internal injuries from car accidents are not always obvious because many accident victims may experience a surge of adrenaline that masks the injury’s symptoms. This is why it is important to seek immediate medical attention after an accident, no matter what symptoms you are experiencing.

Spinal Injuries

The spinal cord may be damaged due to the force of impact, and can result in permanent paralysis to some victims. Another common back/spinal cord injury is a herniated disk, which can result in significant pain to the victim. Individuals who suffer from spinal injuries may experience symptoms like:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain in the arms or legs
  • Feelings of numbness or tingling sensations

Arm and Leg Injuries

During a collision, your arms or legs may be thrown against objects in your vehicle, such as the dashboard or the side or back of a seat. This can result in fractures and painful sprains or strains to tendons or ligaments.  

Schedule a Free Case Review

At Goldberg Finnegan, there is no charge for a consultation for you to learn about your rights after being injured in a car accident. If the accident was caused by negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

The experienced Silver Spring personal injury attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan can manage every aspect of your claim as we pursue the fair compensation you deserve. We are dedicated to seeking justice for car accident victims who are injured because of the careless actions of others.

Contact us to assist with your legal claim.

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