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What types of injuries could I suffer in a car accident?

Car accidents have a wide range of severity. A minor bump between two vehicles may not even damage a car's paint job, let alone an individual's body. High-speed collisions, on the other hand, can prove deadly. Despite this wide range, though, there are some common injuries that you may experience if you are involved in an accident. It is important to identify these injuries, particularly if you are considering taking legal action, so that you can make a claim for the full extent of your damages.

Some of the most severe types of injuries suffered in wrecks are head and back injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to long-term effects, and may require significant medical treatment and changes to your lifestyle. Damage caused to your spinal cord could result in paralysis and permanent disability. Again, this type of injury can cause long-lasting issues, including extensive medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, in addition to an inability to work.

As has been discussed on this blog, neck injuries are quite common in car wrecks. Many victims experience whiplash, which can cause muscle and ligament damage. The chest area can also be injured in a crash. Broken ribs, collapsed lungs and puncture wounds can all leave you with the need for extensive medical care.

Though all of these injuries can be physically painful, the extent of your damages may be greater. You might suffer emotional pain and suffering and, of course, financial losses. However, if the accident that harmed you was caused by the negligence of another, then you might be able to successfully file a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation for damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Types of Car Accident Injuries," accessed on Jan. 29, 2016

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