Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Neck injuries are common from car accidents. These can range from whiplash, which occurs from violent back-and-forth motion in the neck that occurs when the rest of the body is forcefully thrown forward or backward, to severe injuries like herniated discs, dislocated vertebrae, and fractures in the upper spine.
Bones can break in many ways, such as transverse, compound, and comminuted breaks, depending on the force, duration, and direction of impact. Some fractures, such as hairline, buckle, and stress fractures, may not be immediately noticeable and can cause significant damage over time.
Modern passenger vehicles are complex and in the event of a collision, the risk of severe burns is high due to possible ruptures in the fuel line or tank, which can cause an explosion, or a spray of oil or gasoline resulting in serious burns.
Head & Brain Injuries
Car accidents can cause varying types of head injuries, including concussions and blunt trauma, even if the skull does not physically hit anything. These injuries can lead to long-term problems with memory and other cognitive issues, and can even be fatal.
Rotator Cuff Tears
The shoulder has ligaments and muscles that enable arm movement and stabilize the head and neck. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that can be damaged and cause symptoms such as pain, weakness, and difficulty moving the arms after a car wreck.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can have a significant impact on your life, affecting your ability to work, study, maintain relationships, care for yourself, and live independently, leading to financial, emotional, and physical challenges.
Post-concussion syndrome can cause headaches, poor sleep, mood swings and is a complicated injury, which people who suffered from a concussion in an accident may experience for weeks or months. Traumatic brain injuries are challenging to comprehend initially, and people may not quickly accept the long-term effects of the injury after an accident involving a car, truck, or motorcycle in Virginia.
Valuing a personal injury claim in Virginia is complex due to damages being difficult to quantify. Two main elements of a personal injury claim are economic damages and pain and suffering damages, with medical bills and lost wages making up the economic damages, while the largest chunk of a personal injury recovery comes from pain and suffering damages. Although insurance companies use computer programs to give pain and suffering a dollar figure, it’s still important to work with an experienced attorney following your bicycle, car, pedestrian, motorcycle, or truck accident to help determine an accurate value for the claim.