Car accidents in East Providence are fairly common. Many are just minor accidents, while other involve some serious life altering injuries.
These injuries can quickly become a financial burden. Even a few days stay in the hospital can leave victims with medical bills in the thousands and beyond. Accident victims are frequently unable to return to work, either temporarily or permanently, which can easily jeopardize their financial stability.
A qualified and professional East Providence car accident attorney can help get you the compensation you need to cover all these unforeseen expenses.
Common Types of Car Accident Head Injuries
Brain Injuries: Brain injuries are very common following a car accident. The impact from a crash can cause your head to bounce off objects inside the vehicle, or it can also be damaged without impacting another object simply from the force of the crash.
Traumatic brain injuries can be life altering, and might not always be apparent immediately following the crash. They can worsen over a period of time. This is why it is vital that you seek medical attention following a crash.
Brain injuries typically fall into two categories: Closed Head Injuries and Open Head Injuries.
- Closed Head injuries result from a blow or jarring to the head.
- Open Head injuries is when the skull is fractured by debris or another object, and the brain is impaled.
Different Types of Brain Injuries
Concussions: Concussions are one of the more common closed head brain injuries. A concussion is when the head is jarred and the brain is bounced against the skull. Common symptoms of a concussion include: loss of consciousness, blurred vision, memory issues, memory loss, severe headaches, nausea, and fatigue.
Contusions: Contusions are more commonly known as a brain bruise and are caused from bleeding in the brain. Contusions are typically seen in conjunction with concussions and tend to occur at the point of impact.
Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI): This is a type of traumatic brain injury that is a result of blunt trauma to the brain. The long fibers in the brain, called axons, are torn from the rapid shifting of the brain inside the skull.
Intracranial Hematoma: This is a collection of blood inside the skull that is typically caused by the rupturing of one of the brain’s blood vessels. The bleeding can be within the brain tissue itself, or it can pool between the brain and skull causing severe pressure. This type of injury can be life-threatening if not treated properly.
Parietal and Temporal Lobe Injuries: Damages to the parietal or temporal lobe can result in memory loss, issues with comprehension, temperament changes like sudden mood swings, and other cognitive issues.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Any damage done to the spinal cord can be severe and lasting. Since the spinal cord is part of your central nervous system, injuries to this area often require extensive medical treatment, hospitalization, and specialized equipment if the injury is especially severe.
The most common types of spinal cord injuries include:
Whiplash: This is one of the more common injuries in car accidents. The head is snapped quickly from one direction to another. Whiplash injuries cause neck pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.
Fractured Vertebrae and Fractured Discs: The severity of vertebrae and disc injuries might not be apparent immediately but can have a lasting impact on someone’s mobility. Back injuries tend to be extremely painful and can leave the victim with permanent damage.
Paralysis: Probably the most severe of all the spinal cord injuries, paralysis occurs when the nerve fibers in the spinal cord are damaged and are unable to allow the brain to communicate with the muscles. Most paralysis is divided into lower body damage (paraplegia) or complete body damage (quadriplegia). This is a life altering condition.
Other Types of Injuries from Car Accidents
There are a wide variety of injuries that people can suffer from a car accident. Some injuries can heal with time and medical treatment, while others lead to chronic pain or other medical issues that will plague the victim for many years after the accident.
Some of the more common types of injuries include:
- Cuts, scrapes, and other lacerations
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Ruptured organs
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Broken teeth
- Neck injuries
- Blurred vision
- Trouble sleeping
- Memory issues
- Lower back issues
Get a Qualified Attorney on Your Side for all Car Accident Injuries
We have just scratched the surface with the types of injuries that can be sustained from a car accident. Any injury can quickly become an ongoing medical issue if not treated properly. Medical treatment is expensive, and it can be difficult trying to recover and file a claim for the compensation you need to recover. This is why it is so important to have a qualified team of attorneys on your side.
The lawyers at Dana and Dana Attorneys at Law have over 25 years of experience dealing with victims of car accident injuries. They understand the variety of injuries that can happen in an accident and have a wealth of experience getting the fair settlement offers and compensation their clients need and deserve.
Contact Dana and Dana Attorneys at Law for a free consultation with a qualified car accident injury attorney.