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The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

Car accident c Navarone.jpgWhile many involved in a car accident are, fortunately, not seriously injured and do not require significant medical care, others are not so lucky.

Here is a listing of the most common car accident injuries. If you or a loved one experience any one of these, or are concerned about the possibility that you (they) have, it is important that you see a doctor to understand the seriousness of your injury:

(1) Neck injuries: these occur typically because the sudden stopping of the car causes the head to violently shake, straining the neck's ligaments.

(2) Leg and Knee injuries: Knees, ankles and toes are especially vulnerable when the accident causes part of the car to be slammed into them.

(3) Broken bones: Of particular concern here are "compound" fractures-where the broken bone pierces the skin. These require immediate medical care, and involve a high risk of infection.

(4) Back injuries: The blunt force trauma of many car accidents can disrupt the spine, causing loss of mobility and pain.

(5) Concussions: These result when the brain is shaken inside the skull-often when the head hits the windshield or steering wheel, but no impact is necessarily required to cause a concussion. Note: any loss of consciousness requires immediate medical attention.

Remember: if there is any doubt at all as to whether your car accident injury requires medical attention, then you should seek medical attention. Always err on the side of caution.

If your car accident injury requires significant or prolonged medical treatment or therapy, or causes you to lose work, or to be in significant discomfort, then after you have seen a doctor for proper care, you should consult an experienced attorney, to see if you have a legal claim.


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