Car accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from the minor to serious. Every car accident is different. Your injuries will be determined by a variety of factors – your position in the car, where the vehicle was impacted, if you were wearing your seatbelt, the speed and direction of all cars involved, and a thousand other factors can all influence the results a car accident that occurs on Connecticut’s roadways.
Even car accidents that at first seem to have been insignificant can oftentimes result in unexpected injuries, just as major accidents can sometimes have people walk away from them without a scratch on them. There is no way to predict the outcome of a car accident.
After being involved in a car accident it is imperative that everyone receives medical attention. Some injuries do not present any signs until hours or possibly even days after the accident has taken place. Also, if you put off getting a qualified medical diagnosis regarding any injuries that you may have could really damage any personal injury case you might attempt to file later on. This is due to the fact that you have now left a period of time after the accident in which your injuries might possibly have transpired.
Some of the more prevalent kinds of injuries that are caused by car accidents are:
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an extremely common injury that people sustain during a car accident. It is caused when your head is forced forward and back very quickly. A concussion has the potential to be a very serious injury that could arise even if your head doesn’t make actual substantial contact with anything else. You might see signs that there is a problem right away, like the onset of a headache, pressure on your head of feeling as though something is pushing in on your head from all sides, any lapse in consciousness, thinking that you see sparks, dots, birds, or stars, experiencing dizziness, or tinnitus, which is an ongoing ringing in one or both ears.
It could, however, also take many hours for signs and symptoms to start and become noticeable to the injured person. Concussions have the ability to be extremely dangerous, so if you are suddenly having trouble with memory, concentration, or focus, we strongly urge you to visit the hospital for urgent neurological evaluation.
Bone Fractures Caused By Accidents
The sudden impact of a car crash can easily produce fractured or broken bones within moments. Any bone in the human body is able to be fractured or broken. Nothing is exempt from this danger. The most common breaks and fractures take place in your extremities. Your extremities are your feet, hands, legs, and arms.
Should you be involved in a rear-end collision, the distribution of the force of impact from inside the rear-most vehicle could cause the bones in the driver’s wrists, hands, or even arms to break because of the rigid position they adopt in order to hold on to the steering wheel. Symptoms of undiagnosed breaks or fractures include bruising, redness, swelling, severe pain, and full or partial loss of function.
Whiplash-The Most Common Injury
Whiplash is the single most common traffic accident injury. It is what happens when a car stops suddenly or turns too abruptly and causes the neck to jerk back and forth quickly, which then causes the muscles to extend beyond their normal range of motion. A whiplash injury creates pain and swelling due to the tearing of the muscles, tendons, and soft tissue that are in your neck. Be cognizant of symptoms like neck pain and stiffness, or a limited range of neck motion or of pain that arises with neck movement.
Depending on the severity of the injury and the extent of the damage to the soft tissue, whiplash can take anywhere from a few weeks to more than a year to fully heal.
Our esteemed attorneys here at The Moynahan Law Firm have more than 30 years of experience helping people who have been injured in Connecticut car accidents get the financial settlement to which they are entitled. If you or someone that you love has been injured in a car accident, you could be eligible to receive remuneration for things such as medical bills, emergency room visits, prescription medications, lost wages from missed work, as well as pain and suffering.
If you would be interested in receiving a no-obligation consultation with one of our qualified, prominent personal injury attorneys concerning your car accident, then please give us a call at (203) 597-6364 and speak with someone in our Southbury or Waterbury offices today.