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    What Are The Most Common Auto Accident Injuries?

    Auto Accident Injuries

    Though most people will never have the experience, auto accidents happen every day, and if one happens to you, you’ll never forget it. Even minor fender benders can have a traumatizing effect: people have fight-or-flight reactions that leave them trembling, and unable to sleep afterward. But minor injuries are among the best outcomes from auto accidents. Most auto accident injuries can have severe short and long-term consequences.

    If you’ve been in an auto accident recently, it is important that you seek medical attention, even if you don’t believe that you’ve suffered any physical impact. Though some injuries are obvious, it often takes days, or even weeks, for symptoms of other injuries to appear: the sooner you are seen by your physician, the greater the chance of effective treatment.

    The extent or severity of an auto accident injury depends on many different variables, including the force of impact, where you are seated in the car, what type of vehicle you and the other driver were traveling in, and whether you were wearing your seatbelt at the time of impact. The most common auto accident injuries include:

    • Whiplash – This occurs when the neck whips back and forth as a result of the impact, causing the muscles and tendons in the neck and back to stretch, rip and contract. The condition can be minor, leading to pain and stiffness, or long-lasting.
    • Concussion – Concussion occurs when the brain gets thrown against the interior of the skull. No physical impact is required for a concussion to occur – it can happen as a result of severe jostling. When a person suffers a concussion, the symptoms can appear immediately or over a period. Concussions can have a long-lasting impact, particularly if the individual suffers several concussions over the course of their lifetime.
    • Bone fractures – Broken bones occur as a result of impact or compression. When a person is in an auto accident their body can absorb the force of the impact from the other vehicle or be thrown against the interior of their own car, or even other passengers in the vehicle.
    • Musculoskeletal injuries – Any injury that involves muscles, ligaments, nerves or tendons are considered musculoskeletal injuries. These can take a very long time to heal, and result in significant pain.
    • Contusions – Contusions are injuries that involve the skin and the tissue underneath. Another word for a contusion is a bruise. It is caused by blood leaking out of damaged blood vessels into the surrounding tissue as a result of trauma.
    • Emotional injuries – A person who has been in an auto accident may suffer flashbacks of the incident. These can lead to fear responses and mood disorders, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    If you have been in a crash and you have suffered these or any other auto accident injuries, we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to set up an appointment to discuss your case.

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