Why Are Head and Spine Injuries Common After an Auto Accident?

January 3, 2023
By Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC

The impact of a motor vehicle accident can be so intense that it leaves victims facing injuries that can sometimes be life-altering. Since they are not designed to sustain such a significant impact, the head and spinal cord are at higher risk of being damaged during an accident. These injuries are also some of the most severe injuries that can occur because they play such a significant role in the way the body functions.

What Injuries Are Seen the Most After An Accident?

Depending on the severity of the collision, brain, and spinal cord injuries can vary, but below are some of the most commonly reported types:

Head Injuries

  • Skull fractures
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Contusions

Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Spinal fracture
  • Torn or damaged ligaments
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc

After being involved in a car accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Many head and spinal cord injuries have symptoms that may or may not show up right away. Being seen by a medical professional will help ensure the victim is diagnosed for all of their injuries and help build a stronger case.

How Are These Injuries Treated?

When properly diagnosed, some head and spinal cord-related injuries can be treated. Every injury is unique in its own way, so treatment for all injuries may not be the same. However, typically when being treated for these types of damages, victims are likely to have the following options for treatment:

Rest – Minor injuries can often be treated by resting for 49 to 78 hours.

Medications – Doctors are likely to prescribe patients with pain or anti-inflammatory medications to aid in the healing process.

Surgery – Damage may be so severe that it requires a surgical procedure to be corrected.

Injections – Some injuries, like spinal stenosis, can be treated by injecting corticosteroid injections into the patient to bring down excessive swelling.

Physical Therapy – This may often be required to help victims regain full mobility.

Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you know has been a victim of the head or spinal cord-related injuries due to the negligence of another driver, you may be owed financial compensation. Returning to your life after the accident can be challenging, and you deserve to take all the time you need. Let us take care of the legal aspects for you. Here at Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC, we have years of experience fighting for cases like yours. Our lawyers are tenacious and will offer you any additional support you need during this difficult time.

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