What Injuries Can You Get From a Car Crash
What injuries can you get from a car crash? Car crashes can be devastating, and they often result in a range of injuries that can significantly impact an individual’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Even low-speed collisions can lead to injuries requiring medical attention. They may result in time off work or ongoing care.
These are the most common injuries sustained by victims of car accidents:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
TBI is responsible for approximately 50,000 deaths annually in the United States alone. It is a leading cause of death and disability among people of all ages, with young and older adults, particularly vulnerable.
A traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force, such as a blow to the head or a penetrating injury, causes damage to the brain. This damage can result in many physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, mood swings, and more. The severity of TBI can range from mild to severe, with some cases leading to permanent disability or death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of TBI, accounting for approximately 47% of all TBI-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits. Other common causes of TBI include car crash injuries, sports injuries, and assaults.
Injuries to the Back
Car crash accidents can cause back injuries. The spine and human body are not built to withstand heavy impacts. Sometimes, back injuries can take longer to manifest after an accident. Serious damage to the back can cause severe and lasting pain.
Injured skin can result from contact with hot fluids, surfaces or steam, or vehicles catching fire. Surgery and skin grafting may be necessary for severe burns.
Internal organ damage can occur when the body collides with an object or is struck by flying debris. This type of injury can cause internal bleeding and requires immediate medical attention.
Broken Bones and Fractures
Car accidents are common and can cause broken legs, wrists, wrists, ribs or arms. A fractured pelvis is a common injury in car accidents. The severity of the damage can range from minor fractures that need to be cast to more severe injuries that may need to be repaired with surgery.
Disfiguring Facial Injuries and Scars
Broken glass and impact with a steering wheel, windshield, airbag, side windows, car seat, or other hard surfaces can cause facial injuries in car accidents. Victims may need to have their facial injuries corrected surgically.
Limb Loss and Amputation
A crash can cause severe injury to an arm, leg, finger, toe, or even the entire body. This kind of injury can cause permanent disability for the victim.
Whiplash and Neck Injuries
Whiplash refers to muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries, such as neck pain following damage to the neck’s soft tissues. This can occur in an accident. Whiplash can be caused by speeds as low as 15 MPH, whether or not you have a seatbelt. Car accidents can also cause severe cervical dislocation and disk injury.
In car accidents, knees can be damaged by hitting any part of a vehicle. Multiple fractures can result in bruises. If the knee is bent or turned in an accident, the meniscus (or cartilage in your knee) can tear.
Injuries to the Foot and Ankle
Car accidents are common for injuries such as toe, foot, ankle, and heel strains. In a car accident, feet and toes may also be broken.
Injuries to the Shoulders
Force absorption can cause shoulder injuries when the shoulders are pressed against the dashboard or steering wheel during a collision. The crash’s impact can cause the shoulder to lock in place and produce excessive force.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
Car accidents commonly cause distal radius fractures (broken wrists). Depending on the severity, this type of injury might require surgery.
Road Rash, Bruises, and Lacerations
Broken glass, torn sheets of metal, and flying objects can all cause lacerations. Bruises can be caused by an object striking the body or vice versa. Road rash refers to friction caused by being dragged on concrete or pavement or from skidding on it.
A crush injury can occur if a part of your body is caught between two objects being pushed together under pressure.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Automobile accidents commonly cause soft tissue injuries, such as strains, bruises, and strains. This type of injury is often severe and can last a long time.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Car accident injuries may not be all physical. A car accident can cause mental and emotional injuries. Post-traumatic stress disorder can make things difficult or impossible. After a car accident, you may be able to recover from your mental health treatment.
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If you or someone you know has been involved in a car crash, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. At Florida Medical Pain Management, our team of experienced car injury doctors can provide you with the specialized care and treatment you need to recover from your injuries and get back on the road to wellness. With state-of-the-art facilities and a comprehensive range of services, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve their best possible outcomes. Don’t wait to seek help – contact us today to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards a full recovery.
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