- Soft tissue
- These injuries are the most common type of injury sustained in auto accidents. These injuries are defined as damage to the connective tissue such as, muscles, ligaments, or tendons. A common soft tissue injury is whiplash. Whiplash is the stretching of head and neck muscles and ligaments in reaction to the sudden movement of a collision. Lower back injuries are also very common, as muscle sprains can cause damage to the spine.
- Scrapes and cuts
- Any loose item inside of your vehicle can become a hazard during an accident. Cell phones, drink containers, toys, change, bags/purses or other unsecured items can shift and become airborne upon impact causing them to strike the body or cut the skin. Additionally, broken glass and car parts, may cause injuries as minor as small scrapes or bruises and as serious as lacerations that require stitches. Airbags also often cause cuts and scrapes during deployment.
- Minor accidents can still lead to traumatic injuries especially when considering the head. From whiplash described above to hitting your head along the driver side door, window, steering wheel or airbag you can suffer cuts and lacerations to concussions and for severe injuries, brain injuries. It is very important to monitor an individual after a car accident as head and brain injuries might not show visible symptoms but could manifest themselves within hours or days after an accident. Signs to watch for are headaches, blackouts, memory problems, irritability or change in personality.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, no matter how minor, don’t discount your symptoms. New pains can arise even a month after an accident occurred. It’s important to seek appropriate medical attention if you are suffering from injuries due to the result of an accident. McMullin Injury Law can help you navigate the legality of submitting an insurance claim so your medical bills can be covered, and you can be made whole. We offer free legal advice, so don’t wait, give us a call today.