Car accidents can affect your health in so many different ways. There are various injuries that can appear and the one thing you have to remember is that any body part can be affected. While we cannot talk about absolutely all the injuries that can appear, there are some that appear more common than others. Khan Law Firm shows the most common of the serious injuries that appear:
Head And Brain Injuries
Brain injuries stand out as being the most common of all the injuries appearing in car accidents. This happens as the head ends up hitting objects because of the collision. The brain is jostled and the result can be swelling, bleeding and bruising.
Neck injuries are very often met in car accidents, especially when wearing a seatbelt. The problem is that the body remains stuck in place during the collision while the head is free to move. This creates really strong strain on the neck. Whiplash injuries are so much more common than what many think and the big problem is that symptoms can appear even weeks after the event. That is why long term damage can be present if not identified and treated in time.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord damage appears when bone fragments or disc material is displaced. It is also possible to see this when ligaments tear into the spinal cord tissue. Axons are basically damaged so the result is the brain cannot communicate properly with the body. Spinal cord damage does tend to develop into loss of feeling or function.
Facial injuries can even appear when the car accident is minor. They happen as the face hits the dashboard, the steering wheel, the windshield, the side windows, shattered glass, car seats or the airbag. Such injuries will range in severity from serious disorders that would affect the jaw to simple bruises.
These can easily lead to fatalities if not identified in time. Internal injuries include injuries to kidneys, bowels, aorta, heart, lungs, livers and spleens. A fractured rib is quite common and will cause puncture to different internal organs. The lungs are those that are the most often seen. Medical professionals should treat the internal injuries as soon as possible.
The motor vehicle accidents will not only affect your body. It is possible that serious psychological injuries develop. The drivers or the passengers can be faced with posttraumatic stress disorder, emotional distress, depression and persistent anxiety. In many cases we see that the drivers cannot drive anymore after a car accident that caused fatalities. The help that is needed in such situations is much more than what anyone could anticipate. Psychological trauma can last for a lifetime.
On the whole, car accidents can have serious repercussions. The injuries we mentioned above are common but that does not mean they are the only ones. Always get the medical help that is needed following a car collision and at least get tested to see if there is something that should be done in the future.