You may have damaged your car beyond repair in a crash here in Tennessee, but more important are the injuries you sustained. Below are six of the most common injuries that arise in a car crash.
Whiplash and brain injuries
Arguably the most common is whiplash, a general term for various conditions caused by the snapping back and forth of the neck. This stretching of the muscles, ligaments and joints can lead to neck pain and stiffness. Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries and can result from hitting the head or having it violently shaken. Symptoms include dizziness and confusion and can appear immediately or after a delay.
Fractures, dislocated joints and disc herniation
Crash victims can break their bones, especially their hand, wrist, arm, leg and foot bones. The risk for these becomes greater when victims tense up their arms and legs just prior to their crash. Dislocations are frequently reported in the shoulder and elbow. Drivers may dislocate a knee if it hits against the steering wheel. Fifth, victims who are rear-ended may suffer spinal disc herniation, leading to weakness and tingling in the extremities.
The possibility of emotional injuries
Lastly, crash victims may develop a phobia of driving, have recurring nightmares about the incident and suffer from anxiety. Post-traumatic stress disorder is often linked to car accidents.
Seeking compensation for these injuries
Both physical and emotional auto accident injuries can be covered in a personal injury claim, but only those who are not to blame for a crash can be eligible for compensation. You may want a lawyer to evaluate your case and, if it holds up under this state’s negligence laws, assist with the filing process while you focus on your recovery. The lawyer may negotiate for a fair settlement out of court with the auto insurance company.