Common Car Accident Injuries in Miami
The average American driver can expect to be involved in three to four car accidents over the course of his or her lifetime. Luckily, most of these accidents will be minor and will not cause serious injuries or deaths. Despite this, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that motor vehicle accidents continue to be a leading cause of injuries and deaths each year across all age groups.
Approximately 2.4 million people are injured and over 30,000 people are killed because of car accidents annually. Because car accidents are such a frequent occurrence, many injured people wonder if it is worth pursuing a lawsuit and seeking damages for their injuries. At Gerson & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami personal injury attorneys are experienced at evaluating common car accident injuries and can help you decide if you should pursue your case.Most Frequent Types of Injuries
Car accidents cause a wide variety of injuries, and every accident is unique. That being said, there are several common types of accidents that personal injury attorneys see frequently:
- Head and Brain Injuries — These types of injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, bleeding in the brain, and other serious complications that can cause permanent damage and often require major surgery.
- Neck and Spinal Injuries — Damage to the neck and spinal cord can result in paralysis and long-term, chronic pain.
- Back and Chest Injuries — Back injuries are some of the most common complications from auto accidents and can be the most difficult to treat. Many types of soft tissue injuries in the back and chest do not show up on X-rays and can be difficult to diagnose and treat correctly.
- Fractures and Broken Bones — While broken bones might be common childhood injuries, fractures in adults can take weeks or months to heal completely and can cause long-term pain and disabilities.
- Internal Injuries — Internal injuries are some of the most dangerous consequences of a car accident. When an internal organ is injured, the damage may not be evident to doctors until there has been a significant amount of blood loss or other serious complications.
- Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruises — The force of an auto accident can throw the driver and passengers around the inside of the vehicle, causing multiple cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Some of these injuries may be significant, and can cause permanent scarring or disfigurement.
- Whiplash — Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are forcefully snapped back and forth during a collision. The injury can tear the muscles in the neck and shoulders, causing pain, numbness, and/or a tingling sensation.
The injuries listed above are not the only ways that a car accident victim may be injured. Often, people hurt in an accident suffer multiple types of injuries and may face an extensive recovery period.Always Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident
It is important to see a doctor after a car accident even if you don’t feel hurt. Some types of injuries, like internal bleeding or certain types of head injuries, may not become apparent until hours or days after the collision. By seeking treatment immediately, a physician can diagnose and treat these injuries before they become worse.
After you have been treated by a doctor, contact a knowledgeable Miami personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you seek legal advice, the sooner your attorney can start building your case to help you get compensation for your injuries. At Gerson & Schwartz, we have decades of experience evaluating common car accident injuries, and will help you get the compensation you deserve after an injury caused by someone else’s negligence. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today by calling (877) 475-2905.