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The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Car accident injuries vary from person to person, crash to crash. According to a Buffalo car accident lawyer, things like the location of the impact, the speed at which the cars collided, the people involved in the crash, whether or not the driver and passengers wore seat belts, whether or not the car had effective airbags, and many other details can all play a role. The bottom line is, there are A LOT of variables, but The Most Common Car Accident Injuries involve the head and neck.

The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

Approximately 2.3 million people become injured in a car crash each year, with many of them sustaining severe injuries that keep them away from work and their social lives. Although the specific injuries vary, the symptoms are often the same when there’s neck or brain damage. These symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blurred vision
  • And more

The good news is, our society’s medical understanding of injuries like whiplash and concussions are improving every day. However, the bad news is, these injuries are often permanent and expensive to treat. But, that’s where an experienced Buffalo car accident attorney can come-in and help.

Whether you’ve suffered a head injury, neck injury, or both, our team of lawyers understand the pain you’re going through. We can help you get compensation for your injuries that can help pay for things like:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Transportation costs
  • Rehabilitation and Therapy
  • And More

Understanding Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries that can arise from a motor vehicle accident. Many whiplash injuries come from rear-end accidents, though not all of them. Whiplash can occur at any time the head violently jerks back and forth. The term “whiplash” describes damage to the bone structures and soft tissues in the neck.

Although whiplash is not life-threatening, it can lead to an extended period of partial disability and chronic pain. It can take weeks or months after a car accident to notice whiplash symptoms, which is why it is crucial to avoid settling a claim without undergoing a medical evaluation.

Common whiplash symptoms include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Weakness in the arms
  • Visual disturbances
  • Tinnitus
  • Back pain

Surprisingly, most whiplash injuries occur in accidents where the vehicles were traveling less than 12 miles per hour. Over half of all whiplash patients experience chronic pain as many as twenty years after sustaining their injury.

The Dangers of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect approximately 1.5 million people a year and account for 30% of all injury deaths. Unlike whiplash, more men suffer from TBI than women. They can occur from an open or closed head injury. Though one is most likely to sustain a TBI from a fall, car crashes are the third most common cause for a TBI-related emergency room visit, hospitalization, or death for all age groups.

Symptoms of TBI vary widely, but the most worrisome include:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Mood swings
  • Change in sleep habits
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound
  • Memory, concentration, attention or thinking issues

People who sustain a head injury should receive urgent medical care.

Whether you have suffered a TBI or whiplash or know someone who was due to the negligence of a third-party, you deserve satisfactory medical care and treatment. Unfortunately, unexpected medical costs can quickly drain your finances and take a toll on your quality of life.

Call your local Buffalo car accident lawyers to discuss your accident case for free, and find out how Cellino & Barnes can help you.

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