The CDC reports that there are more than two million people involved in car crashes which result in injuries each year in the United States. 2015 topped the average by accounting for over four million Americans injured in car accidents. Injuries can be both physical and emotional from the trauma that happens after an accident.
Additionally, the costs associated with accidents are astounding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), those numbers were nearly $1 trillion in 2010. Here are some of the most common injuries that are seen across the country.
Brain and Internal Organ Injuries
When your head has an impact with another object, the forces put on the skull can cause the brain to collide against it; and the results are devastating. From contusions to bruising of the brain itself, even internal bleeding may also occur. These injuries can be listed under what is known as a “Traumatic Brain Injury” (TBI), the symptoms of which can range from mild to severe. They include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Head pains/aches
- Confusion and feeling dazed
- Dizziness and lack of balance or coordination
- Blurred vision
- Mood swings and changes
It doesn’t take speeding to cause brain injuries; any type of impact or sudden shaking of the skull has the ability to produce negative side effects. Sometimes, the symptoms don’t manifest until after the accident has occurred, leading victims to believe that they were not subjected to brain injury. This is why it is so important to be seen right away by professionals who understand the injuries associated with car accidents as well as how to treat them. If you have been in an accident and aren’t sure where to go to seek medical attention, the Nevada personal injury attorneys at the Cottle Firm have the connections to put you in touch with the right resources so you can be properly evaluated.
Additionally, punctures or blunt force to the body can cause damage to an internal organ, like the bowels, kidneys, spleen, lungs, liver, or heart. It is vitally important any injuries into these organs are assessed and treated immediately to increase survival.
Spinal Cord Damage
The harm that is done to the vertebrae, the ligaments, the disks, or the spinal cord directly may cause muscle impairment, nerve damage and numbing, loss of motor movement, and a number of other painful and often long-lasting injuries. Like brain injuries, the effects of a spinal cord injury may not be felt immediately so it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible for an assessment.
Lower Limb Injuries
Lower extremity injuries (LEIs, as they are known) are very common and account for 32% of all the damages sustained by victims in motor vehicle accidents.
The amount of rehabilitation and treatment that is often involved in these types of injuries is in-depth. Therefore, the need to cover the medical costs, as well as the potential loss of wages, should you be unable to work, is absolutely necessary. An aggressive Las Vegas personal injury attorney knows how to put a successful case together that will recoup these costs and the pain and suffering associated with them so that you can focus on healing.
The trauma that an accident can have can cause emotional and psychological distress and victims can suffer from:
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
When you have been injured in an accident, you shouldn’t have to face recovery and finding a way to come up with the costs to cover your expenses alone. You have enough to worry about with just recovering from your injuries. Call the Cottle Firm today at 702-722-6111 and let our resourceful Nevada personal injury attorneys help you with your claim.