Every year, Americans spend a combined total of more than one million days in the hospital from automotive crash injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These injuries can range from relatively minor instances of whiplash to serious cases of head injury, or even death.
In 2012, more than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency room for crash injuries, and 200,000 of them were hospitalized. All of those injuries cause incredible pain and sorrow to American families. Total lifetime medical costs incurred in accidents added up to $18 billion during 2012, and the injured individuals lost a total of $33 billion in lifetime work.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact us at the Roy Injury Law Firm for a free consultation. You can also reach us by phone at 318.487.9537. The consultation is free, and you don’t pay any out-of-pocket expenses until we’ve successfully concluded your claim.
Every injury has the potential to be serious. When vehicles collide at high speeds, there is the possibility of almost any type of injury occurring. That being said, here are a few of the more common injury types in automotive accidents:
Neck Injuries- the most common form of injury in car accidents is whiplash. This occurs when the force of an accident causes a person’s head to move forward and back extremely quickly, leading to strain on the ligaments of the neck. Most cases of whiplash resolve themselves over time, but more serious neck injuries can require intensive treatment.
Leg and Knee Injuries- this type of injury usually occurs when parts of a vehicle are damaged and put serious pressure on a person’s lower body. These injuries vary widely in severity, ranging from minor cuts and scrapes to crushed legs or amputation.
Broken Bones- a broken bone is always a serious injury calling for emergency care. The most severe broken bones are called compound fractures. This is where the bone actually pierces the skin and protrudes.
While none of these injuries is pleasant, none of them have the same potential for severity as the last two of the five most common injury types: spinal and head injuries.
Like the other injuries mentioned above, spinal injuries vary widely in severity. Serious spinal injuries can result in complete or incomplete paralysis.
Depending on the part of the spine injured in the accident (referred to as the “neurological level”), a person suffering from a spinal injury might be paralyzed in one of two ways. In tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia), a person’s arms, hands, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are all affected. In paraplegia, only the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are affected.
Spinal injuries have the potential to radically and permanently alter a person’s quality of life. Know the signs of a serious spinal injury, and contact emergency services immediately if you suspect someone has experienced this type of injury.
Head injuries can range from a slight bump, to a concussion, to a variety of other potentially damaging brain injuries.
The common signs of a minor head injury include headache, lightheadedness, a spinning sensation, mild confusion, nausea, and a temporary ringing in the ears.
Common signs of a severe head injury can include any of the symptoms of a minor injury as well as a loss of consciousness, seizures, vomiting, balance problems, disorientation, inability to focus the eyes, abnormal eye movements, loss of muscle control, persistent headache, memory loss, changes in mood, and leaking of a clear fluid from the ears or nose.
If you suspect that someone has experienced a serious head injury, don’t wait. Contact emergency services as soon as you can.
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury because of the negligence of another driver, contact the law firm of Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC. A native of Louisiana and an LSU graduate, Chris J. Roy, Jr. is a third-generation lawyer and has been practicing for 30 years. He and his team have the knowledge, experience and resources to help you pursue your claim and get the compensation you deserve. Practicing out of offices in Alexandria, Chris and his team are available to answer your questions or provide a free consultation; contact us online or call us at 318.487.9537. The consultation is free, and you pay no out-of-pocket expenses or fees until we have successfully concluded your claim.
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