On average, over 4.4 million people need medical care after being injured by an automobile accident, according to The Association for Safe International Travel. While some injuries are more common than others, any type of trauma could be the basis for an accident claim handled by our experienced attorneys. After handling many car accident cases, here are the most common injuries our attorneys have seen over the years.
Brain and Head Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries and other types of head trauma can lead to significant consequences, such as:
- Disability or impaired function
- Problems with memory, concentration, and cognition
- Mood disorders, depression, and anxiety
- Speech, auditory, and visual changes
Various forms of head injuries range from severe, open wounds to more minute injuries, such as a concussion or whiplash. All should be handled with extreme caution, and the injured party should seek immediate medical attention.
Trauma to the Spine, Neck, and Back
38% of spinal cord injuries are caused every year by car accidents. Spine, back, and neck injuries can be extremely serious, and can cause life-altering impairments, like:
- Loss of control of bodily functions
- Partial or total paralysis
Spinal injuries can lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia. You may require a wheelchair and other assistive equipment to live with a spine injury. Medical costs can be astronomical; high cervical injuries can cost up to over $1 million dollars while mid- to lower-spinal injuries cost roughly $500,000 to treat. Acute spinal cord injuries cost an average of $140,000 during the first year of injury, with later surgeries and treatments adding a hefty sum to already staggering bills.
Injuries to the Arms, Legs, Hands, and Feet
Other common injuries from car accidents include:
Trauma to your limbs, hands, fingers, and toes can limit your ability to perform work duties and enjoy hobbies. Disfigurement can cause emotional and mental pain that goes along with these injuries.
Getting the Help You Need and Deserve
Serious car accident injuries are expensive, but they also affect your mental and emotional state. Studies show the most common mental health diagnosis after a car accident is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. While PTSD is normally associated with military veterans, studies shows that 3.5 % of U.S. adults are affected every year. Others struggle with newfound anxieties of driving, or simply riding in the car. Trauma can reduce quality of life and rob your ability to perform work duties or enjoy hobbies and recreation. Our experienced attorneys take all consequences into account when we build a case to pursue compensation and justice on your behalf.
Learn More About Injury Compensation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else, our experienced attorneys are here to provide guidance. For a case review, please call Johnson & Biscone in Oklahoma City at 405-232-6490.