Common Injuries in Car Accidents

Car accidents are among the biggest causes of serious injuries in the U.S. The National Safety Council estimates that in 2017, there were over 40,000 fatalities from traffic accidents, while an additional 4.5 million people required medical care after crashes nationwide. The numbers are just as alarming in California. In 2016, there were 3,623 fatal traffic accidents on California roadways, not to mention countless serious injuries. Many of these incidents occurred in the Southern California area, and Newport Beach was no exception. Many of the most common injuries in car accidents have the potential to be incredibly serious and require medical care as well as help from a lawyer. If you have sustained one of these injuries in a car accident, Jamal Injury Law P.C. can help.

Head Injuries

Head injuries are some of the most serious injuries that are sustained in local accidents, as well as one of the most common injuries in car accidents. If a high-speed collision occurs and the driver or passenger strikes their head on the window or dashboard, it can result in traumatic brain injury, coma, skull fracture, concussion, and cognitive difficulties. These types of injuries often require major medical treatment and result in expensive hospital bills. Because insurance companies cannot always be relied on to provide full compensation for your losses, it may be necessary to enlist the help of a Newport Beach car accident lawyer.

Back Injuries

While we often think about head injuries as the most serious type of injury, back injuries can be an equivalent, if not greater, concern. Car accidents often result in damage to the spinal cord, which can cause paralysis, reduced sensation, and a loss of control of the arms, legs, hands, and feet. Less serious back injuries can also be life-changing. A herniated disc can make it difficult to go work or participate in activities you once enjoyed. Whether you have sustained a major or minor back injury in an accident, it’s a good idea to consult with a lawyer who can help you understand your rights. Jamal Injury Law P.C. has special expertise in the Newport Beach area and has helped many residents secure the damages they are entitled to after a car accident. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are in need.

Neck Injuries

Whiplash is another of the most common injuries in car accidents. It results when the head and neck move suddenly after a collision, damaging neck muscles and ligaments and making it extremely painful to move the neck. While some people recover quickly from mild cases of whiplash, others will experience serious disability that prevents them from doing even the most usual everyday activities. Because whiplash may not become evident right away, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention after any collision.

Other Injuries

Because each car accident is different from all others, the range of injuries one can sustain is incredibly wide. Blunt force trauma during an accident can result in a collapsed lung or broken ribs. Someone with heart trouble could suffer a heart attack from the stress of a collision. Internal bleeding, internal organ damage, crushed bones, and torn ligaments are also very common injuries in car accidents. For motorcyclists and pedestrians, injuries are often even worse since they are unprotected, and thus more vulnerable to injury.

Finally, a type of injury that is rarely discussed is the emotional distress that can result from a serious car accident. Whether you lost a loved one in an accident or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after a collision, the emotional impact is often enormous and life-changing. Because cases involving emotional scarring can be complicated and sometimes more difficult to prove, working with a lawyer with experience in these kinds of cases is recommended.

Need Help After an Accident?

If you have sustained any of the injuries above after a car accident, Jamal Injury Law P.C. is here to help. Our experienced Newport Beach team has successfully brought many responsible parties to justice and helped area accident victims recover the damages they are entitled to, To get in touch with a personal injury lawyer for a free consultation, contact us at 714-907-1021.

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