Few things can bring your day to a halt like a car accident. Even a fender bender often means canceling your plans to deal with insurance companies and repairs until your vehicle is back on the road. You may have to bum rides, rent a car or rearrange your schedule in the meantime. It can be very frustrating, especially when the accident resulted from the other driver's negligence.
On the other hand, if your accident includes injuries, your life may be on hold indefinitely. The more serious the injury, the more time you may need to recover. While it is everyone's hope to escape a motor vehicle accident with only scrapes and bruises, you may be among the many who suffer serious or even catastrophic injuries.
Your neck and spine
Perhaps the most well-known injury resulting from a car accident is whiplash. Far from the joke many TV comedies have made of the injury, whiplash is damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck that occurs from the violent movement of your vehicle during an accident. You may feel some achiness in the days or weeks following the crash, or you may suffer with pain and other symptoms for years.
In addition to whiplash, those in car accidents may suffer damage to their backs, ranging from herniated disks to spinal cord injuries. These injuries may require surgery, perhaps multiple surgeries, or, in the worst case, leave you with partial or total paralysis.
A host of other injuries
Maybe the most terrifying injury is a traumatic brain injury, whether your head strikes a hard surface or your brain bruises from violent movement inside your skull. From a mild concussion to a severe bleed in the brain, such injuries can affect every part of your body as well as your cognitive abilities. Brain injuries often change a person's life forever as well as affecting the lives of the entire family.
Some other common injuries resulting from a car accident include the following:
- Broken ribs
- Collapsed lung
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Pelvic injuries
- Broken arms, hands, legs or feet
Don't overlook the fact that a car accident is a highly traumatic event, and you may experience emotional distress including post-traumatic stress disorder. This is especially prevalent in accidents where people lose a loved one or witness the serious injuries of a family member. If your South Carolina accident is the result of the reckless or intentional actions of another driver, you deserve all the help you can get in your pursuit of justice and compensation for your suffering.