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Car accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries and death in the United States. Even relatively minor injuries can wreak havoc on the victim’s life, keeping them away from work and costing thousands of dollars to treat — not to mention the emotional toll these types of injuries often take. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to recover damages through a personal injury action. Learn more about the most common car accident injuries our New Orleans car accident law firm handles, and then call us for a free consultation.
Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck that occurs when an outside force causes the victim’s head to jolt from side to side or from front to back. It is extremely common in car accidents, where it is caused by the forces of the impact of vehicles colliding.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are one of the most serious injuries a victim can suffer in a car accident due to the brain’s central role in the functioning of the body. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when the head is struck by a violent blow. It can also occur when the head is pierced by a foreign object, such as a piece of sharp metal. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of TBIs, as the force of impact often causes the victim’s head to strike nearby objects.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord — the organ running down the back that controls the ability to move the limbs — is damaged. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injury in the US, as the force of the impact can result in the spinal cord being struck, cut, or severed. Symptoms of spinal cord injury include:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Loss of feeling
- Exaggerated reflexes or spasms
- Pain or tingling sensations
Severe spinal cord injuries can result in lifelong disabilities, including tetraplegia (paralysis of the arms, hands, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs) and paraplegia (paralysis of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs).
Along with whiplash, broken bones are also one of the most common types of injuries that car accident victims suffer. The force of impact in a car accident can cause many types of broken bones and fractures, such as to the arms, legs, ribs, skull, and back. While most broken bones are generally considered to be relatively minor injuries, they can nonetheless have a significant impact on the victim’s life, particularly if they affect the victim’s mobility or capacity to work. Severe broken bones, such as a broken femur or a fractured skull, usually must be treated with surgery and require lengthy rehabilitation.
Scrapes and Cuts
The force of the impact of a collision can cause any loose articles inside the vehicle — such as phones, coffee mugs, bags, books, ice scrapers, etc. — to become projectiles. With enough force, any of these objects can strike the occupants of the vehicle and result in cuts or scrapes. While some cuts and scrapes are minor and can be treated with over the counter remedies, more severe cuts and scrapes can cause significant blood loss and require stitches.
Airbag Injuries Are Also Handled By Our Attorneys
Airbags are safety features. They are designed to prevent an auto accident victim from striking his or her head on the steering column, dashboard, or side curtain, and they save many lives every year. However, as with all technologies designed to improve our lives, airbags can malfunction and cause injury. This can occur in cases when:
- The airbag fails to deploy
- The airbag deploys when there is no crash
- The airbag deploys too late
- The airbag deploys with too much force
- The airbag ruptures or explodes
Even properly functioning airbags can cause injuries. The force with which they deploy can cause abrasions and burns, while the chemicals they release can cause respiratory irritation. In some cases, airbags can cause serious injuries if the victim is sitting to close to them when they deploy. Injuries caused by malfunctioning airbags normally give rise to products liability lawsuits against the airbag manufacturer, the car manufacturer, and any party that serviced the airbag.
Contact the New Orleans Auto Accident Law Firm of Bloom Legal for More Information
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries through a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you in evaluating your case, gathering evidence, and advocating for your interests. We offer free case assessments. To get started, please contact the New Orleans car accident law firm of Bloom Legal by using our online form or calling us at 504-599-9997.
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