What is the Most Common Damage From Car Accidents?
In our many years as Los Angeles car accident attorneys, we’ve learned that no two auto wrecks are exactly alike. However, research shows that some types of injuries are more likely to occur than others.
If you find yourself suffering from an injury after a car accident that was not your fault, please remember that the experts here at Ellis Injury Law are available any time day or night, 365 days a year. We’re always just a phone call or online message away.
Six types of auto injuries
A car wreck can bring everything in your life to a crashing halt in a single instant. Here are six ways that auto accidents inflict suffering on their victims:
- Cuts and lacerations: These can range from minor scrapes to major forms of physical trauma. Cuts and lacerations often require stitches and, in many cases, plastic surgery to correct disfiguring scars. They also pose the risk of dangerous bacterial infections that require advanced antibiotics to treat.
- Broken bones: Most commonly in the hands, wrists, feet, arms, and legs. Symptoms of a broken or cracked bone include severe bruising, debilitating pain, unusual redness, and pronounced swelling.
- Musculoskeletal Injuries: These impact the muscles, ligaments, nerves, veins, and tendons. Symptoms may include bruises, numbness, limited range of motion, and a burning sensation under the skin. Recovering from a musculoskeletal injury can require immediate medical care, ongoing physical therapy, and extensive lost time at work.
- Herniated discs: Your spine has a series of rubber-like discs that cushion the surrounding vertebrae. An auto accident can rupture one or more of these discs, causing chronic pain, limited mobility, or even nerve damage.
- Concussions: In a concussion, the brain begins to swell, often leading to nausea, dizziness, confusion, and severe head or neck pain. While some concussions are mild, others are life-threatening emergencies that can cause strokes, cognitive impairment, or even traumatic brain injury.
- Whiplash: This is perhaps the most common form of injury that car crash victims suffer. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are thrown back and forth in a whipping motion, giving the injury its name. Common symptoms include soreness or discomfort, inability to move the head normally, and numbness or tingling along the back or neck.
What you should do after an auto accident
As car accident lawyers, we’ve seen first-hand the kind of suffering that auto injuries can inflict. That’s why we urge you to seek medical care right away after your crash. The sooner you see a healthcare professional, the better your chances of enjoying a full recovery.
It’s also important to document the details of the wreck as best you can. Something as simple as a smartphone video at the scene of the crash can prove invaluable later on.
Of course, you should never do anything that may worsen your injuries or put yourself or others in danger.
Why Ellis Injury Law?
After getting prompt medical care, talking to a qualified car accident attorney should be near the top of your to-do list. But how do you choose the right firm to handle your case? Here are three things to look for:
- Free consultations: Otherwise you risk paying big bills only to find out that the firm can’t help you.
- Contingency terms: This means that the law office only collects its fees if you win your case.
- A strong reputation: Law firms that get results are known and respected, both by insurance companies and other attorneys.
Once you consider these facts, we’re confident that you’ll choose Ellis Injury Law to represent you. Our skilled attorneys have recovered more than $350 million for their clients over the years. We work tirelessly to provide our clients with results that will benefit them.
Now’s the time to act. Get in touch with our office today, then get ready for a better tomorrow.