Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
More than 6 million car accidents are recorded annually in the United States. Injuries resulting from car collisions vary based on each accident. A Mississippi car accident attorney can help you determine your legal options if you've suffered injuries resulting from a car accident. Here are the most common traffic accident injuries covered in a personal injury claim:
- Back Injuries: Back injuries are some of the most severe types of car accident injuries. The impact of a car accident can cause pressure in the muscles of your lower back. This can lead to acute low pain, tightness, or muscle spasms. Serious harm to the spinal cord can lead to nerve damage, causing patients to experience low sensation and reduced control over their legs, arms, hands, and other body parts. In severe cases, spinal injuries can cause permanent paralysis.
- Spinal Disc Damage: Several disks within the spine vertebrae provide support and cushioning. The force of a crash can dislocate one more disc or cause other severe damage. Typical spinal injuries may include herniated discs, annular tears, or bulging discs. An annular tear injury is caused by the crack of the tough ligament, while a bulging disc is experienced when the disc dislocates to the spinal canal. A herniated disc occurs when the nucleus in the disc flows to the spinal canal.
- Whiplash: Whiplash often occurs in rear-end accidents where the immediate impact is unexpected. The rapid forward and backward motion resulting from the force of the impact can cause strain on the tendons and muscles of the neck and upper back. Common symptoms of whiplash are neck pain, headaches, dizziness, pain in the shoulder, numbness in the arms, fatigue, and motion range loss in the neck.
- Laceration: Lacerations are more severe cuts involving the tearing of soft tissue. This injury occurs when sharp objects and edges from the car's interior or exterior parts make bodily contact. Laceration injuries may require hospitalization and surgical treatment to recover fully. In addition, severe lacerations may cause prolonged pain and permanent disfigurement, which can be included in your personal injury claim.
Get in Touch with a Mississippi Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries due to a severe car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. The car accident attorneys at Ben Bowden, Attorney at Law, have detailed knowledge of Mississippi's personal injury laws and can protect your rights and fight for fair compensation.