What are the Most Common Types of Injuries From Auto Accidents?
The most common types of injuries resulting from traffic collisions include whiplash, burn injuries, bone fractures, concussions, and spinal cord injuries.
A popular, if cynical, piece of financial advice is “do not get injured,” or, perhaps more specifically, “don’t get hit by a car. Even an injury from which you make a full recovery within a few weeks can leave you with medical bills that would take decades to pay off, even without interest, late fees, and obnoxious phone calls from collection agencies. The good news is that California offers MedPay insurance, which will pay a certain amount toward your car accident-related medical bills, no matter who was at fault for the accident. If you do not have MedPay insurance, or if the medical bills are even bigger than your policy will pay for, it is a big hassle to try to get the other driver’s insurance to pay your medical bills. Even worse, the insurance company will try to use everything you say as an excuse to pay you less. The car accident lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst in Murrieta, California can help you navigate the frustrating process of getting reimbursed for costly treatments resulting from car accident injuries.
Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
According to data published on the Carsurance blog, these are the injuries that most often resulted from car accidents in 2019:
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions – these can cause headaches, sensitivity to light, vision problems, impaired memory and concentration, and mood changes such as irritability and depression
- Spinal cord injuries – injuries to the spinal cord can cause pain and weakness in the legs; the most severe form can cause paralysis of the entire body below the site of the injury
- Back injuries – back injuries can cause chronic pain that impairs mobility and the ability to work, and in some cases, they require surgery
- Bone fractures – almost any bone in the body can get broken in a car accident, and some fractures require surgery to repair
- Internal injuries – injuries to internal organs can cause major loss of blood and can be fatal if not treated promptly
- Whiplash injury – while less severe than the other kinds of injuries, whiplash injury is a traumatic injury of the muscles in the neck and upper back, and it can lead to chronic pain, numbness, and stiffness
Treating these injuries may require surgery, medical devices, prescription medications, physical therapy, or some combination thereof. The stress of living with a chronic injury is bad enough, but the financial stress makes it even worse. This is why it is so important to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Contact the Murrieta Car Accident Lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst
A Murrieta car accident lawyer can help you if you have suffered a common injury, or even a rare injury, in a car accident. Contact Gibbs & Fuerst LLP to discuss your case.