According to the U.S. Census, a staggering 2.2 million people were injured in car wrecks in just 2009 alone. Typical car accident injuries can include everything from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and severe brain trauma. Some of the most common types of injuries we see as a personal injury firm include:
- Spine and back injuries – Due to the sheer impact of a car accident, injuries to the back and spine are all too common. Drivers and passengers commonly sustain sprains, strains, and fractures to their back, or suffer injuries to their vertebrae and spinal cord. These injuries can be extremely painful and have lasting effects, requiring lifelong physical therapy or causing problems with motor functions. A severe spinal cord injury could even result in paralysis.
- Burns – Because of the engine’s heat and the combustible gas tank, fires are a common occurrence during serious auto collisions. A vehicle fire can cause severe damage to drivers or passengers involved, even inflicting third-degree burns that leave permanent scarring and disfigurement.
- Head injuries – These are some of the most typical car accident injuries and, sadly, some of the most dangerous. A severe head injury, such as a skull fracture or concussion, can affect brain functions in a victim, possibly inflicting permanent brain damage.
- Neck injuries – A car wreck can cause a number of injuries in the neck, including whiplash, muscle strain, or disc injury. While some of these problems are less serious and heal easily within time, injuries to the neck’s tissues or bones can inflict lifelong pain and require dedicated physical therapy in order for the victim to regain full function.
- Broken bones – Bones are a common casualty of wrecks. Wrists, arms, legs, and ribs are often injured during the course of an accident. These are usually treated with a cast or physical therapy, though more serious breaks may require surgery.
Were you a victim of one of these typical car accident injuries? Call (210) 934-6609 to speak to a San Antonio personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today.