Injuries that people sustain from car accidents cover an extremely wide range. There is no one way any type of accident is definitely going to play out. Where you were sitting in the car, where you were hit, if you had your seatbelt on, the speed of both of the cars involved, and a million other factors will all affect the outcome of every single accident that occurs on Oklahoma’s roadways. Even accidents that seem to have been very minor can sometimes result in surprising injuries, in the same way that accidents that are major can still have people walk away from them with only mild cuts and bruises. There is no formula to this sort of thing. After being involved in a car accident it is important to go to the emergency room or to schedule an immediate appointment with your physician. Some injuries do not make themselves known until hours or even days after the accident has already happened. Additionally, to put off getting a medical opinion about any injuries that you might have could hurt any personal injury case you try to bring later down the road because you have now created a window outside of the accident in which the injuries could possibly have occurred. Some of the more common types of injuries that are caused by car accidents are:
Whiplash is one of the more common traffic accident injuries. It is what happens when a car stops suddenly or turns suddenly and causes the neck to jerk back and forth quickly. This injury causes pain and tearing to the muscles, soft tissue, and tendons in your neck. Be aware of symptoms such as neck pain and stiffness, or a decreased range of neck motion or increasing of pain with movement. Whiplash can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to over a year to heal, depending on the severity of the injury and how much soft tissue was badly damaged in the accident.
A concussion, very similar to whiplash, can also be caused by your head being jerked back and forth. A concussion is a serious injury that can happen even if your head does not make any actual physical contact with another object. You might see immediate signs, such as the presence of a headache, head pressure (feeling as though someone was pushing in on your head from all sides), temporary loss of consciousness, seeing stars or spots, dizziness, or tinnitus (a persistent ringing in the ears), but it could also take a few hours for symptoms to be fully realized. Concussions can be vital, so if you are struggling with focus, memory, or concentration, it is best if you visit the hospital for prompt neurological evaluation.
the blunt force of a car crash can easily cause broken bones within seconds. Any bone is capable of fracturing or breaking in a car accident. The most common fractures and breaks are found in the extremities. This means the hands, feet, arms, and legs. In the event of a rear-end accident, the impact disbursement from inside the rear car can cause the bones in a driver’s hands, wrists, or even arms to break due to their rigidity in holding on to the steering wheel. Signs of undiagnosed fractures or breaks include redness, swelling, bruising, severe pain, and loss of function.
The attorneys here at McGuire Law Firm we have more than 30 years of experience helping people who have been injured in Oklahoma car accidents get the compensation that they deserve. If you or someone that you love has been injured in a traffic accident, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for things such as medical bills, emergency room visits, lost wages from missed work, as well as pain and suffering. If you would like to receive a free consultation with one of our licensed, reputable personal injury attorneys regarding your car accident case, then please give us a call at (405) 513-5658 and speak with someone in our Oklahoma office today.