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Types of Injuries Sustained After a Car Accident

There are many different injuries you can get from a car accident. The most common ones are:

  • Scrapes and Cuts

  • Head Injuries

  • Chest Injuries

  • Arms and Legs Injuries

  • Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Internal Injuries

  • Emotional injury

Scrapes and cuts result from different objects being thrown around in the vehicle, such as

broken glass and loose objects, causing the scrape or cut. It can also result from impact with the steering wheel or any hard surface. Most injuries are minor and can be easily treated by medical personnel. However, there is always a risk of infection if left untreated.

Head injuries are very common in car accidents. Two common forms of head injuries are

traumatic brain injury and concussion. Traumatic Brain Injury is also known as craniocerebral trauma. It’s defined as brain dysfunction caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head. Symptoms include:

  • Confusion

  • Amnesia

  • Inability to speak or understand language

  • Blurry vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Abnormal laughing and crying

  • Aggression

  • Impulsivity

  • Irritability

  • Concentration difficulty

Traumatic Brain Injury can be treated through medication, different therapies, and in some

case surgery.

A concussion is also known as mild traumatic brain injury. It’s defined as A brain injury caused

by a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head and body. Symptoms include:

  • Headache

  • Confusion

  • Lack of coordination

  • Memory loss

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Dizziness

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Sleepiness

  • Excessive fatigue

Concussion can be treated through much needed rest and certain medications (depending on

the symptoms). In some cases rehabilitation therapy may be needed.

Chest injuries are injuries to the chest wall or any of the organisms inside your chest. Chest

injuries usually stem from the seat belt, steering wheel or airbags. Common chest injuries


  • fractured ribs

  • bruised ribs

  • muscle strain

  • internal organ damage

Anyone suffering any of these injuries must seek medical attention right away as these injuries can be fatal.

Arm and leg injuries are broken bones sometimes referred to as hard injuries. They involve

the loss of continuity in the substance of a bone. Some types of arm injuries are:

  • humerus fractures in the upper arm

  • distal humerus fractures at the end of the humerus bone near the elbow

  • radius fractures in one or both of the bones of the forearm

And there are many more. Some types of leg injuries are: calcaneus fractures of the heel bone, lateral and medial malleolus fractures in the ankle, metatarsal fractures in the top of the foot before the ball. Depending on the type of injury and its severity is going to determine the treatment needed. If not treated properly, permanent nerve damage can happen.

Soft tissue injuries happen when the muscles, ligaments, or tendons in the body are

damaged. Symptoms may include:

  • Swelling

  • inflammation of the affected body part

  • back pain

  • sharp neck pain

  • stiffness of the neck

  • loss of ability to bear weight on a joint

They are different types including: whiplash, bruising/contusion, and hernia.

Whiplash is caused by the sudden back and forth movement common during a collision.

Contusions are bruises that can form on any part of your body. They could be caused by your

body hitting the airbag or objects in the car, such as the steering wheel or car door.

Hernia is a displaced organ that protrudes through the cavity wall that encases it. Medical treatment is crucial for these types of injuries.

Internal injuries are caused by blunt trauma. When a part of the body collides with something

else, particularly at high speed or with great force. Types of internal injuries include:

  • Spleen damage

  • punctured lungs

  • kidney injury

  • internal bleeding

These injuries are considered some of the most fatal and must receive medical attention


Emotional injury is the result of post traumatic stress disorder. It’s a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Symptoms


  • Nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma

  • Avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma

  • Heightened reactions

  • Anxiety

  • Depressed mood

Recovery involves medication and therapy treatments. Make sure you seek medical attention after a car accident to ensure you discover and treat any injuries you may have. If you, or someone you know have been involved in an auto accident, call Your Accident Your Money at (888) 766-6398.

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