The Arizona Department of Transportation reported over 35,200 car accident injuries in 2021 alone. Many injuries sustained during car accidents can leave a person with long-term or even permanent injuries – these are known as catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, many people do not realize the severity of their injuries until it is too late. If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important to know the different types of injuries that can be sustained to get the treatment you need right away.
6 Common Car Accident Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a type of injury that is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury. TBI can range from mild to severe and can cause temporary or permanent changes in brain function.
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI): A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that can cause paralysis. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the back and controls sensations in the body. An SCI is often caused by a fall, car accident, or other trauma.
Internal Bleeding: Internal bleeding is a serious medical emergency that can occur when there is damage to the inside of the body. Symptoms of internal bleeding can include pain, dizziness, and feeling lightheaded. If you experience any of these symptoms, go to the hospital right away.
Broken Bones: A broken bone is a fracture in the continuity of the bone. Broken bones can cause severe pain, swelling, and bruising. Treatment usually involves immobilization of the bone with a cast or brace, followed by physical therapy to restore function.
Lacerations: Lacerations are cuts that go through the skin. TLacerations can be deep or shallow and often bleed heavily. They can leave major scars and can cause deformation.
Severe Burns: A third-degree burn is a very serious burn. It goes all the way through the skin and down to the muscle and bone. This type of burn can cause extensive damage and may require surgery.
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What to Do After Suffering Catastrophic Injuries
If you are injured in a car accident, especially if the injuries are catastrophic, you should contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible. A personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Catastrophic injuries often require years of medical attention and treatment – costing thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Our team can help you get the compensation needed to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact our Arizona car accident attorneys today at (602) 842-6762 to schedule a consultation!