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Car Accident Injuries Can Come With Painful Ramifications

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Chicago car accident injury lawyerEvery year, Americans spend more than one million days recovering from injuries sustained in car accidents. The consequences of a motor vehicle collision can vary in severity, from minor injuries to fatalities. Regardless of the initial impact of an injury, it is important to recognize that car accidents can come with life-long ramifications. The potential long-term impact of a car accident may include permanent physical injury, costly physical therapy, loss of work hours, and psychological stress. 

Common Severe Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions

Some of the most impactful car crash injuries may not seem very severe at the time of the accident, but they can have delayed symptoms of varying pain and medical concern. Below are some of the most common chronic injuries that result from car accidents:

  • Whiplash: Whiplash is the common term for the muscle, tendon, and ligament damage that victims may suffer due to the sudden movement which often takes place when vehicles collide. Whiplash injuries can occur without the presence of immediate symptoms, but they can cause ongoing pain for months and even years, requiring significant physical therapy and impacting a victim’s emotional well-being. 
  • Rib Injuries: Bruises and fractures of the ribs are quite common in motor vehicle collisions, even when utilizing proper safety equipment. Rib injuries can actually be caused by the impact of a seatbelt restraint system or the sheer force of an airbag. These can be some of the most painful injuries to cope with, as victims often face extreme pain when breathing, talking, and turning their torso. If you experience rib pain in the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision, it is critically important to inform medical personnel as soon as possible. Severe rib injuries can cause fatal complications, such as punctured lungs and internal bleeding. 
  • Head Trauma: Much like whiplash injuries, traumatic brain injuries can come with delayed symptoms. However, the long-lasting implications of head trauma can be especially problematic. Severe head injuries can lead to brain damage, changes in cognition, and loss of balance. Even the most minor car accidents can cause concussions, which often lead to painful temporary symptoms such as headaches, loss of vision, and sensitivity to light. Symptoms of head injuries can linger for months and cause further damage down the road if they are not treated appropriately. 

Contact a Lake County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a member of your family have been injured in a car accident, it is possible that you or your loved one could face long-lasting symptoms. The injuries described above are just a few examples of the types of damages that can result in months of expensive physical therapy, lost income, and pain that can last for years. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our legal team has years of experience helping victims recover compensation that addresses the physical and emotional trauma of a motor vehicle collision. To set up a free consultation with a Waukegan car accident attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303.

Sources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/crash-injuries/index.html

http://ktar.com/story/605000/7-delayed-injury-symptoms-after-a-car-crash/

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