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Although modern automobile safety features, such as airbags, have reduced the incidents of head injuries in vehicular accidents, head injuries remain common. Although helmets aid in limiting head injuries, motorcyclists and bicyclists involved in traffic wrecks are particularly susceptible to traumatic brain injuries – even with a helmet. Pedestrians are also at substantial risks when hit by a car.
The symptoms of brain damage may not manifest for days, weeks or months after the automobile collision. For this reason, if you hit your head, you should seek prompt medical attention.
Indications that you sustained a brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Feeling disoriented and confused
- Loss of coordination and balance
- Affected vision, hearing, taste and smell
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Memory problems
- Repeating oneself
- Problems with cognition
Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the Mayo Clinic, automobile accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord damage, accounting for 35 percent of all new cases every year. Spinal cord injury occurs when the car crash impact fractures a vertebra and impinges, crushes or severs the spinal cord. The areas below the fractured vertebra are affected because of the disruption in nerve signals. The severity of spinal injury is referred to as:
- Complete – loss of all feeling and total paralysis of the affected areas; or
- Incomplete – losing varying degrees of functionality and sensory loss.
The jolt of a car crash can herniate a vertebral disk. The disks are the pliable gel-filled compartments that cushion your vertebrae and allow mobility in your back. When a disk ruptures, the jelly material can seep out and put pressure on the surrounding nerves and/or spinal cord.
Symptoms range from irritating to extreme and may include:
- Tingling and numbness of the area of the body the affected nerves signal
- Intense shooting pain or radiating pain or persistent pain in your back and limbs including; arms, shoulders, hands, fingers, buttocks, hamstring, calves, feet and toes.
- Weakness of the affected body parts
Your neck’s flexibility allows you to turn your head in virtually every direction. This extensive flexibility also makes your neck highly vulnerable during a car wreck. Whiplash occurs when the impact causes your head to be violently thrown backward and forward or forward and backward. Although your head does not ordinarily feel heavy, the weight of your head at 30 mph or more puts enormous strain on the fine ligaments, tendons and muscles in your neck.
Whiplash pain ordinarily manifests hours, days, weeks or months after your accident and may start out slowly then worsen over time. The symptoms resulting from whiplash may be the last to resolve and may include:
- Stiff neck
- Tenderness in the neck and shoulder area
- Shoulder or arm pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Vision disturbances
- Shooting pain
- Radiating pain
- Persistent pain
Learn More About Car Crash Injuries
If you suffered injuries in a car crash, Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. can help you recover money. Call one of our five offices in Manhattan, the Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho and White Plains at 1-888-575-6410. Your first consultation is free and we handle your claim on a contingency fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you. We only get paid if we win your case.