Car accidents are the worst. Common car accident injuries are very, very serious: broken bones, severe bleeding, even death. But you can also suffer from hidden injuries like whiplash, and under-recognized conditions like psychological trauma. Our guide below explores five of the most common car accident injuries, why they’re so serious, and how much you can expect to claim.
Whiplash is probably the most common injury people have after a car accident. And it’s no joke.
Whiplash is a hidden injury. It’s not something obvious like a broken bone or a bruise. In fact, you could walk past somebody and not know that they have it at all. Because it’s a hidden injury, people dismiss it as unimportant, or even worse, completely fabricated. But it’s anything but.
You get whiplash from a number of situations, not just car accidents. It happens whenever your head whips backwards, forwards or to the side quickly and unexpectedly. You don’t notice, but when you’re about to get hit or injured, your body automatically reacts. It tenses muscles and makes you move away in preparation for the pain. This lessens the impact. With whiplash, the body isn’t prepared. This means that the vertebrae and muscles of your neck can be severely damaged.
Whiplash varies. It can give one woman severe, debilitating pain that’s so bad she can’t move her head at all. It can give another man a relatively mild ache. How bad is yours?
2) Scratches, Bruises and Scrapes
Scratches, bruises and scrapes: not the worst injuries you can have, but worse than avoid an accident altogether.
Scratches and scrapes are a common occurrence if the glass in your windshield or side window shattered. With enough force, the glass will fly in in shards and can give you severe cuts. This can cause moderate to severe bleeding, and will require medical attention.
Bruises are a basic outcome of almost any crash. Even hitting into your air bag can cause bruises. Hitting into anything—the steering wheel, the dashboard, the driver’s side door, anything—will probably cause some bruising. Unlike a regular bruise, these bruises can take longer to heal because they’re more severe, and are more painful than usual too.
3) Back Pain
Back pain is a similar hidden injury. But it can have even more debilitating effects.
If you’ve never had back pain, you might not realize how bad it can be. Basic tasks like cooking, cleaning and even just walking can become practically impossible. Living your day to day life becomes painful and difficult. And, again, it can be either severe or mild.
There are two key kinds of back pain: upper and lower back pain. The location of the pain, naturally, depends on the damage caused. While a fender bender to the rear of your car will cause whiplash, a hit from the side can cause back pain: that’s because your back bends at an awkward angle, and the force of the hit strains your upper or lower back muscles.
4) Broken Bones
Broken bones, obviously, aren’t a hidden injury. And, of course, they’re very serious.
Like back pain, the broken bone depends on the part of your car that was damaged. Perhaps the most common is a broken rib. This normally occurs after any collision which causes you to slam into the steering wheel, or even into the airbag, which expands very quickly and doesn’t prevent all injuries.
Another example is either the femur or the tibia breaking after a head-on crash. A hit to the driver’s side might break your arm, or some of the bones in your hand. Fractures are more common than full breaks, especially in today’s safer cars. Modern builds are focused on driver and passenger safety, and employ crumple zones and reinforced areas to prevent severe injuries like these.
However, if you’re in a very serious car accident—like your car flipping—then you’re likely to have a broken bone somewhere.
5) Psychological Injury
Last but not least, you can suffer with psychological injuries after an accident. These include:
- Stress, as a result of the accident and aftermath (PTSD)
- Anxiety, fear or nervousness, especially when outside/driving
- Depression as a result of loss of activity, work, or just because of the difficulties of recovery
Mental illness is no joke. It doesn’t matter if you’re old or young, a man or a woman, you can suffer too. Even veterans coming back from war can suffer with problems like PTSD, and if they can experience a problem that bad, then you can too. Psychological leftovers after an accident can severely affect your quality of life, which is something you can claim for.
How Much Can I Claim for Car Accident Injuries?
Car accident injuries can result in some of the biggest claims. There’s one key caveat, though: the accident has to have been somebody else’s fault. If the accident was your fault, you’ll be owed nothing. If the accident was partly your fault, you’ll be able to make a partial claim. Makes sense, right? Let’s take a look at what you can claim for, and how much you might get.
- Damages. If the accident was serious enough to claim for, it was probably serious enough to do some major damage to your belongings too. You can claim the cost of these back.
- Hospital bills. If the accident put you in hospital, you can claim the bills back.
- Missed wages. If the accident cause you to miss work, you can claim for any wages you missed out on.
- Loss of enjoyment of life. Last but not least, you can also claim for loss of enjoyment of life. This is harder to define, and is normally down to the opinion of the insurance company or a judge.
Would you like to know more? Then call 719-PAIN today for free, impartial advice on car accident injuries and hiring an attorney!