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Common Car Accident Injuries

Statistics around the world have revealed that car accidents are on the rise due to reckless and rash driving sometimes resulting in severe injuries. Such injuries can cause one to become handicapped.

Here is a look at a few of these injuries, which are most common in car accidents.

  1. Spine, back and neck injuries – Medical experts refer to it as a whiplash injury. It is caused by a motion of the neck and back, which result in damage to the muscles. It can cause life altering spinal injuries and in the most severe cases, it has even caused paralysis of the lower body.
  2. Concussion – It is an injury, which requires immediate attention as delaying its treatment can cause permanent brain damage. This becomes increasingly dangerous as it can cause severe brain damage. A concussion occurs when the brain is shaken or jostled inside the skull due the impact of the car crash and is susceptible of hitting the walls of the skull. Severe concussions are commonly known as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by medical experts. Mild concussions can be easily treated by a physician if caught early on.
  3. Internal injuries – These injuries are often ignored by people as their symptoms are not visible immediately, but treating can be extremely important. Internal injuries refer to the damage caused to the internal organs due to the impact of the car crash. The most common organs that get affected are the heart, lungs, kidneys, bowels, liver, and spleen. Most internal injuries are caused by broken bones due to the nature of the bone placement damaging vital organs. For example, fractured ribs can puncture the lungs which can cause excessive bleeding which can ultimately result in difficulty breathing or death.
  4. Psychological – Doctors tend to focus on the physical injuries when a car accident happens. They tend to ignore the psychological impact of the accident on the victim(s). Most accidents cause loss of life, which people find hard to recover from. This, in turn, results in emotional distress and can cause post traumatic stress disorder. Post traumatic stress disorder is where the person suffers from symptoms like anxiety disorder making the brain incapable of forgetting trauma. Other symptoms may include isolation, social anxiety, loss of emotions, high levels of depression and sleep disturbance. It could also lead to other psychological disorders if not treated in time.

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