The auto accident lawyers at Axelrod & Associates, P.A. have seen a broad range of injuries that people have suffered because of car crashes.
Many injuries are immediately apparent and may require immediate medical attention. Other injuries may not manifest for days or even weeks such as soft-tissue injuries to the neck and back. Common injuries that we may see include broken bones and other fractures, injury to internal organs, brain injuries, burns, scrapes and cuts, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries like whiplash, back injuries, and even emotional injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.
It is important that you seek treatment immediately after you have been injured in an automobile accident. Even if you do not require an immediate emergency room visit, you should visit your doctor without delay and get checked out because there is still the possibility that you have suffered a delayed onset injury such as soft tissue damage.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), automobile crashes are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths, and TBIs contribute to around 30% of all injury deaths. Approximately 153 people die each day from injuries that include a TBI and those who survive may suffer effects from the injury for the rest of their life.
TBI may be a temporary injury such as a concussion, or it can be a severe, lifelong injury. It can be caused by a blow to the head, such as when the head strikes a windshield or steering wheel during a car crash, or it can be caused when the skull and brain are pierced by an object. Even when there is no blow to the head or puncture wound, TBI can be caused by a sudden stop at high speeds. When the head and skull stop moving on impact, the brain continues to travel at the same speed but is stopped by the hard bone of the skull. The impact of brain against bone can cause the brain to bleed and bruise, and this type of injury may not be immediately apparent at the time of the accident.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Auto accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. They result from a traumatic blow to the spine that damages the spine's vertebrae. The damage usually worsens over the next few days or weeks as fluid collects in the spinal cord and it continues to bleed and swell. The damage caused by a spinal cord injury affects the nerves that pass through the damaged area and can cause partial or permanent paralysis in the injured person. Depending on what area of the spinal cord was injured, the injury could affect the person's bowel and bladder control, sexual function, and even the ability to breathe.
If you have suffered a traumatic injury such as TBI or a spinal cord injury resulting from another driver's negligence, it is critical that you do not settle for anything less than full compensation from the at-fault driver and their insurance company. The Myrtle Beach auto accident attorneys at Axelrod & Associates, P.A. will fight to make sure that you are fully compensated which may include future medical expenses, the costs of future surgeries, and even long-term care when the injuries result in disability.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, schedule a free consultation with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer on the Axelrod team. Call us at (843) 916-9300 or fill out our contact form today.