Common Auto Accident Injuries
There are a variety of injuries that Oklahoma drivers can suffer from after being involved in an auto accident, ranging from minor injuries to severe impairments and potentially permanent disabilities. The type of injury sustained in an auto accident usually depends on several factors, including the speed of the vehicles involved, the cause of the collision, the weather and condition of the roadways, the way the crash occurred, the position of the passengers in the vehicle and whether or not the passengers were anticipating the impact.
Bodily Injuries from Car Collisions
There is a high probability that you will sustain some type of injury after being involved in an Oklahoma auto accident. Even a collision that happens at low speeds can cause injuries. While there are a variety of types of injuries that can occur, the most common kinds of injuries can be separated into five categories:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Arguably one of the worst injuries that a car wreck victim can suffer from is damage to the spinal cord. Those who experience a spinal cord injury are susceptible to either partial or complete loss of function below the injured area.
Typically, the higher in the spinal cord where the injury occurs, the more severe the loss of mobility can be. Spinal cord injuries can result in quadriplegia or paraplegia.
After suffering a spinal cord injury, victims may be forced to use a wheelchair, require 24 hour care and can spend years in physical therapy, rehabilitation and surgery.
Spinal cord injury victims may be able to receive compensation for current and future medical expenses as this type of injury can become chronic.
Back and Neck Injuries
The majority of injuries that happen to the back and neck are to the discs located between the vertebrae in the spine. A disc can bulge or herniate when too much pressure is placed on it due to a collision. Herniated or bulging discs can cause pain, weakness or numbing of extremities.
A common back and neck injury experienced in car a wreck is whiplash. Back and neck injuries can take several days to become apparent, so it is important to seek medical help shortly after being involved in an Oklahoma auto accident.
Head or Brain Injuries
Head and traumatic brain injuries can be very dangerous and are often fatal. While experiencing the impact of a collision, the forces of the crash can cause the brain to jolt inside the skull, resulting in bleeding, tissue tears and swelling.
Some of the most common kinds of head injuries include:
- Skull fractures Breaks or cracks in the skull.
- Hematomas Bleeding in the brain.
- Concussions Jarring injury to the brain.
- Contusions Bruises on the brain.
Commonly referred to as dashboard knee, this type of injury happens when the bent knee gets slammed into something inside the vehicle. Common knee injuries that happen as a result of a car accident include:
- Chondromalacia of the patella (damage to the cartilage under your kneecap)
- Tears or ruptures of the ACL, MCL, LCL or PCL
If knee injuries are left untreated, they can become life-long and chronic.
Shoulder injuries caused by a car accident are usually to the rotator cuff. Rotator cuff injuries are typically either partial or complete tendon injuries. A shoulder injury can be a result of the force from a seat belt, holding onto the steering wheel or a direct impact experienced in the crash.
Injured? Contact an Oklahoma Attorney Today
At The Edwards Law Firm, our experienced Tulsa personal injury attorneys have helped many car accident victims fight for fair compensation for their losses. Our team has the knowledge and resources necessary to successfully litigate your auto injury claim.
Oftentimes, the insurance company of the at-fault driver will try to get you to settle for less compensation than you deserve or require to fully compensate you for damages related to the accident. With the help of an auto injury attorney who is well-versed in Oklahoma law, your chance of recovering your losses significantly increases.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to auto accident injury victims, call us today at 1-800-304-9246 to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our Oklahoma auto injury attorneys.