Typical Injuries Suffered in Car Crashes
The severity of a car crash victim’s injuries depends on a number of factors. However, there are certain kinds of injuries that occur over and over again in car accidents regardless of the age or health of the victim. These injuries include:
- Fractured or crushed bones
- Abrasions and bruising
- Spinal cord damage, which can result in either partial or total paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) ranging from minor concussions to permanent brain damage
- Internal injuries and bleeding
Many car accident victims also suffer from emotional trauma after being involved in a crash. This is especially true when the crash was particularly violent and could leave the injured party suffering from flashbacks, insomnia, sudden mood swings, memory problems, and anxiety in addition to the pain caused by their physical injuries. Some may even require therapy or medication to help them cope with a severe loss resulting from an accident.
The cost of these treatments, in addition to the bills associated with emergency treatment, ambulance services, diagnostic testing, surgeries, prescription medications, and physical therapy can quickly drive an injured person into debt. Paying these bills can become even more difficult when the victim’s injury prevents him or her from returning to work. Families that are supported by a single income may soon find that they are unable to cope with the financial loss, even with the help of insurance.
Footing the bill for severe injuries and property damage sustained in a car wreck is doubly frustrating when the accident was caused by the reckless or negligent conduct of someone else. Fortunately, these individuals or entities can be held liable for their actions and forced to compensate the injured parties for their losses.