Each car accident is different, and the injuries sustained in the accident are unique to that collision. However, some injuries are more common in traffic accidents. Common traffic accident injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Abrasions and lacerations
- Head injuries, including closed head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Injuries to the torso
- Hand and face injuries
In addition to the above injuries, some injuries are less common, but the injuries are severe and can result in life-threatening and life-altering conditions.
Examples of Less Common But Serious Injuries
The following four types of car accident injuries might be less common, but the injuries are serious and require immediate medical attention:
Amputations may occur at the accident scene when a limb is severed because of the collision. However, some amputations result from injuries sustained in the crash making it necessary for doctors to remove a limb or body part to prevent further injury or death. When a victim suffers from an amputation, he or she is usually entitled to compensation for the loss of the limb, ongoing medical treatment, and future lost wages. It is important to work with an attorney who has experience handling amputation injuries because he has the resources necessary to help establish the severity of the injury and the cost of future damages.
Tingling or Numbness in Legs and Arms
Sometimes an injury is not always obvious after a traffic accident. In some cases, an accident victim may develop symptoms a few hours or days after the crash. If you experience tingling or numbness in your arms or legs, this could be an indication of a serious injury. These symptoms may be an indication of a spinal cord injury or nerve damage. Prolong medical care could result in further injury. It is very important to seek medical care for any symptoms that appear after a car accident, grow worse, or do not improve with time.
A burn is another type of serious injury that is not as common as some other car accident injuries. Burns can result from chemicals or fluids from the engine that are extremely hot or from an explosion after the collision. If you suffer a burn because of a car crash, you need to see a doctor. You might think that the burn is not serious; however, you could develop a dangerous infection or other complication from the burn. It is best to see a physician. Burn victims are entitled to receive compensation for scarring, disfigurement, and mental anguish.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after any trauma, including a traffic accident. While PTSD may not be common, some crash victims may develop PTSD in the weeks and months following the collision. Nightmares, panic attacks, anxiety, and phobias can cripple a person’s ability to function normally at work, school, and home. It is important to know the warning signs of PTSD and get help if you believe you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD after a car accident.
Car Accident Attorneys in Sacramento
The Sacramento car accident attorneys of the Tiemann Law Firm want to help you recover the compensation you deserve when a reckless or negligent driver injures you. Call our office at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free legal consultation. Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.