Chiaf Law represents a number of individuals who have been injured in auto accidents caused by a negligent driver. While we are not medical professionals, it’s important for our Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys to understand factors like the diagnosis and prognosis of serious auto accident injuries, the optimal treatment approach and the extent of recovery. These pieces of information help us to pursue a fair amount of compensation on behalf of our clients who have experienced life-changing injuries.
Let’s take a closer look at the most common car accident injuries.
Neck Injuries, which most often occur from a rear-end collision, is a soft tissue injury that affects the muscles, ligaments and nerves, usually in the neck or mid-back. Common symptoms include pain and aching in the neck, back and shoulders and a “pins and needles” feeling in the arms and legs. Neck injuries are not always immediately apparent; the pain can appear or worsen in the days following an auto accident. Neck injuries can be temporary or permanent, and require physical therapy, attention from a chiropractor and/or medication.
Common back injuries include sprains, strains, fractured vertebrae and herniated disks, all of which can cause pain and limit movement. Back injuries can require medication to manage pain/swelling, therapy with heat or ice, physical therapy, chiropractic care, steroid injections and even surgery. Certain back injuries involve significant recovery time and prolonged bed rest.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when normal brain function is disrupted by either a blow to the head or an object penetrating the head. TBIs can cause a range of side effects, including loss of memory, paralysis and cognitive difficulties, most of which are life-changing. It’s common for TBI victims to need long-term care and rehabilitation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries occur when a sudden blow damages the spinal cord and affects its ability to carry nerve signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Damage to the spinal cord can cause partial or complete paralysis or loss of muscle function below the point of injury. Like TBI victims, victims of a spinal cord injury need long-term care and therapy.
The sudden and traumatic impact of an auto accident can also injure the internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, spleen and even intestines. A common example is a broken rib, which can puncture an organ (like the lungs) and cause internal bleeding. Certain internal injuries require extensive recovery in a hospital.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages and other damages. The Oklahoma City auto accident attorneys at Chiaf Law will review your case for free. Please contact us today for more details.