Harford County Car Accident Lawyers
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Every year, over three million people are injured in car accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Depending on the type of wreck, whether the occupants were wearing their seat belts, and numerous other factors, car accident injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. Victims who are lucky enough to sustain only minor injuries usually heal without the need for medical intervention. However, more serious injuries often require immediate medical attention, and can leave the victim with chronic pain, discomfort, and in some cases, a permanent disability.
Car accident injuries are categorized as either impact injuries, which are caused when a part of the body strikes the interior of the car, or penetrating injuries, which are cuts, scrapes, and lacerations. Examples of the most common car accident injuries include the following:
Head and Brain Injuries
When the head strikes, or is hit by another object, a victim can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These are one of the more common types of car accident injuries. Head injuries should always be checked by a medical professional because even when there are no visible signs of trauma, the brain may swell or bleed, which can be very dangerous. Concussions are another type of head injury that are common in car accidents.
The most common chest injuries include contusions and bruises. In more severe cases, a victim may suffer from broken ribs, internal bleeding, and organ damage. If the victim suffers from heart problems, the crash can cause the person to go into cardiac arrest.
One of the most common neck injuries is whiplash, which occurs when the impact of the collision causes damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck. Other generalized neck pain and swelling are also common after a car accident.
Back and Spine Injuries
Back injuries can range from stiffness and soreness to herniated disks, fractured vertebrae, and paralysis. In some cases, symptoms do not show up right away, and when they do, they can cause chronic pain and discomfort.
Arm and Leg Injuries
The limbs are quite vulnerable in a wreck, as they tend to hit the interior of the vehicle upon impact. Injuries can affect the arms, wrists, fingers, knees, ankles, and legs. Victims may suffer anything from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, ligament damage, and even severed limbs.
Injuries to the face frequently occur because of contact with the steering wheel, airbag, windshield, shattered glass, and any other objects that my hit the face upon impact. Injuries include cuts, scrapes, lacerations, bruises, fractures, eye injuries, and injuries to the jaw and teeth.
The impact of a car accident can cause damage to internal organs, including the kidneys, spleen, bowels, liver, heart, and lungs. These should be treated by a medical professional as soon as possible as they can be extremely serious, if not life threatening.
Car accidents can be emotionally traumatic, especially if a victim suffered a severe injury, or the wrongful death of a loved one. The emotional distress can cause anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder in extreme cases. In some cases, it may be necessary to seek help from a qualified mental professional.
Harford County Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Injured Car Accident Victims
If you have been injured in a car accident, the Harford County car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help. Our dedicated team will examine the details of your case to determine who was at fault for your injuries. Protecting your rights is our top priority and we will fight to ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Harford County, which includes the municipalities of Aberdeen, Bel Air, and Havre de Grace.