Do You Know the Symptoms of Common Car Accident Injuries?
Last year, about 4.4 million people were injured seriously enough to require medical attention in car crashes. Nonfatal car accident injuries can range from mild to severe. Below we will discuss common car accident injuries and symptoms including whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you experience any of the below common car accident injuries, seek medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers are an experienced team of personal injury lawyers serving Las Vegas and vicinity. You can take advantage of our unique capability to handle every aspect of your case, including dealing with insurance companies whose goal is to ensure you receive little or no compensation. We’ll fight aggressively for your rights as a car accident victim. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. It occurs when the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) of the neck extend beyond their typical range of motion. Whiplash can also injure the following:
- Bones in the cervical spine
- Discs between the vertebrae
- Soft tissues in the neck and back.
The most common cause of whiplash is rear-ended auto accidents. If you are injured in a car accident, you may have whiplash.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of whiplash may include the following:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Worsening of pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
If you experience any of the above whiplash symptoms after a car accident, get medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, seek legal help from a personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury resulting in hospitalization. A traumatic brain injury usually occurs after a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. A traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe and can have physical, sensory, and mental symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury may include the following:
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused, or disoriented
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Problems with speech
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sleeping more than usual
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth, or changes in the ability to smell
- Sensitivity to light or sound
Cognitive or Mental Symptoms
- Memory or concentration problems
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feeling depressed or anxious
What Are the Symptoms of a Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury?
A moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can include any of the signs and symptoms of a mild injury. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury may also include the following:
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
- Persistent headache or headache that worsens
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Loss of coordination
Cognitive or mental symptoms
- Profound confusion
- Agitation, combativeness, or other unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
- Coma and other disorders of consciousness
Have you experienced any of the above symptoms? Are your symptoms because another driver injured you in a car accident in the Las Vegas area? If so, you should speak with an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer who can advise you about your case. Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. If you’ve become the victim in an accident don‘t hesitate – gain the benefit of our experience. Talk to us about your case – we don’t get paid unless you win compensation. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.
Spinal Cord Injury
Every year, an estimated 17,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the United States. Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Per the Mayo Clinic, these accidents account for almost half of new spinal cord injuries each year. Spinal cord injuries are serious injuries and can have a range of symptoms.
What Are Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a spinal cord injury may result in one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
- Loss or altered sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold, and touch
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity, and fertility
- Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in the spinal cord
- Difficulty breathing, coughing, or clearing secretions from lungs
- Extreme back pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back
- Weakness, incoordination, or paralysis in any part of the body
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty with balance and walking
- Impaired breathing after injury
- An oddly positioned or twisted neck or back
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, seek medical help immediately. Once you have received medical care, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Anthem Injury Lawyers can properly manage all the issues involved in a complex spinal cord injury case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Not all injuries are physical. According to the American Psychological Association, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the general population. PTSD develops after a person experiences a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. PTSD after a car accident can significantly impact a person’s life. If you experience any of the below PTSD symptoms after a car accident, speak with a medical professional immediately.
What Are Symptoms of PTSD?
PTSD symptoms can vary and may change overtime. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of PTSD include the following four types:
- Intrusive memories including flashbacks and upsetting dreams about the traumatic event.
- Avoidance such as trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event.
- Negative changes in thinking and mood.
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions.
For more information on PTSD symptoms and other mental health issues see our article on Common Mental Health Issues After a Car Accident. If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms after a car accident, seek medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.
Other Common Car Accident Injuries
The above injuries are not the only injuries a person can suffer after a car accident. An accident victim can suffer countless other injuries including:
- Head injuries
- Broken ribs and other broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Facial injuries and disfigurement
- Scrapes and cuts
- Soft tissue damage
Top Tips to Avoid Car Accident Injuries
Anthem Injury Lawyers understand that even the most cautious driver can be injured in an accident. However, the following safety tips can help lessen your chances of being involved in a serious accident:
- Drive sober.
- Avoid distracted driving.
- Slow down and drive the speed limit.
- Wear a seat belt.
- Stop at red lights.
If you are involved in an accident that is not your fault, contact the experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
If you experience any of the above common car accident injuries, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation.
Award-winning personal injury law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers are a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers based in Henderson, Nevada. With over 25 years of experience, Anthem Injury Lawyers specializes in personal injury claims, and if you’re severely injured, we can come to you to review your car accident case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.