Sacramento Car Accident Common Injuries
Even minor car accidents can cause serious injuries. Whether the accident is a low-speed tap on the bumper or a high-speed front-end collision, there is a good chance you will sustain some sort of injury. And, when it comes to seeking compensation for your injuries, it’s important that you take your injuries seriously from the beginning.
In some cases, certain Sacramento car accident common injuries can lose their value in terms of compensation if the person injured fails to take them seriously. In other words, if you are not seeking treatment and following medical advice concerning your injuries, you could lose out on compensation that could help you recover as much as possible after the accident.
Some of the common types of car accident injuries you should look out for are described below.
Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
The number one injury from low-speed fender benders is whiplash. Spinal cord and head injuries also occur in many different types of car accidents. In fact, as common as these injuries are, you may not even notice them right away because the side effects of the injuries and the symptoms aren’t always immediately apparent.
There are a number of other common injuries that can occur in a car accident as well:
- Broken Bones – Although broken bones might seem to be the least serious of injuries because they usually heal, this injury can affect your life just as dramatically as the others. Because it takes a significant amount of time to heal a broken bone, you can expect to miss time from work and to lose mobility for a period of time.
- Contusions – This type of injury resembles bruising, but it can be much more serious—especially if the contusions occur to internal organs. There is also a significant amount of pain and swelling with this type of car accident injury.
- Mental Trauma – Mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are often considered invisible injuries because you can’t see how they actually affect your life. Victims of car accidents often deal with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and many other psychological and emotional effects for many years after the accident.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – These are considered some of the most severe types of injuries simply because of their potential to affect mobility, brain function, and many other parts of your body. Spinal cord injuries often take years to recover from, if you are able to recover at all.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Because of both the impact and speed that are involved in car accidents, there is a high chance of injuries such as TBI occurring. TBI is another injury that is likely to change your entire life and affect you and your family members for years to come. This is a serious injury not only because of the life-altering changes that occur, but also because there aren’t many options for reversing the damage or completely recovering.
Dealing with Common Injuries After an Accident
As soon as you leave the scene of the accident after speaking with a police officer, you need to seek medical attention. You will also need to schedule a follow-up appointment even if you seem to feel fine, and there aren’t any obvious injuries in the first visit. In this way, you can make sure that everything is healing well, but you can also bring to light any delayed injuries you may experience.
It is important to let your medical professional know about any changes in appetite, behavior, pain location, or even mood changes, as well as any pain or discomfort you are feeling—no matter how minor it might seem.
Many symptoms, such as headaches and bruising, can be signs of a delayed injury. Further, be sure to follow all medical advice given, including staying home from work as needed.
Seeking Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
Sacramento car accident common injuries are no less dangerous or painful for being common. Take them seriously and be sure to retain all documentation related to the injuries.
Because many of these types of injuries will affect your lifestyle and ability to participate in everyday activities, it’s important that you have a qualified legal team to help you make sure the right person is held responsible.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation to help you move forward. For assistance with your car accident injury claim, call us at 916-303-2800 to discuss your case in detail.