What Are Common Auto Accident Injuries?

The attorneys at Bell & Pollock know that injuries can have a devastating impact on an individual’s life and the lives of loved ones. A serious injury can lead to steep medical bills, a loss of income, as well as pain and suffering. Without question, getting injured in an accident is a frightening experience. Every year, more than 30,000 fatal auto accidents and millions of car accident injuries are reported in the United States, and some of them happen in Denver and other communities in Colorado.

The following are some the car accident injuries that typically demand the services of an accident lawyer:

Head Injuries

A head injury caused by a car accident in Colorado can turn your life upside down, whether you or a loved one was injured. Our Colorado head injury accident attorneys at Bell & Pollock know because we have helped numerous people who have suffered serious skull and brain injuries caused by other drivers.

With head injuries, it’s not simply emergency medical expenses you need to worry about after an accident. It’s the long-term impact of a head injury on yourself and your family. Head injuries can range from mild concussions to permanent brain damage. And worst of all, it’s sometimes hard to know just how serious your head injury is after an accident.

What are the common signs of a head injury caused by a car accident? How do you know if you or a loved one has one? Head injuries, particularly a traumatic brain injury, are among the most common auto accident injuries. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms of a head injury:

  • Head aches
  • Blurred vision
  • Sight problems
  • Mood or personality changes
  • Loss of memory
  • Confusion

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Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries caused by auto accidents are among the most serious injuries we handle at Bell & Pollock, a Denver law firm serving families throughout Colorado. These common auto accident injuries present unique challenges to injury victims and their families. In many cases, the injuries people sustain can permanently affect them.

You’re not alone if you are coping with spinal cord damage. Approximately 7,800 people sustain spinal cord injuries in the United States every year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, and about 400,000 people live with a spinal cord injury.

Spinal cord injuries can result from a blow to the spine that breaks, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of the bones of the spine, which are also called “vertebrae.” Some spinal cord injuries are minor and can be treated with surgery or physical therapy. But in certain severe cases, spinal cord injuries can result in:

  • Paralysis – Damage to the spinal cord which prevents the brain from sending messages to certain parts of the body. As a result, the person will be unable to move those parts of the body or feel sensation in them.
  • Paraplegia – Paralysis from the waist down. Injury victims often have use of their arms and upper body.
  • Quadriplegia – Paralysis from the shoulders down. Injury victims often do not have use of their arms or legs.

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Nerve Injuries

Our Denver nerve injury attorneys at Bell & Pollock understand how frightening such serious injuries can be for anyone dealing with a car accident in Colorado. Nerve damage injuries are extremely serious and can be life-changing.

The sharp, sudden impact of a car accident often causes nerve damage. There are many different types of nerve damage, including:

  • Peripheral nerve damage – (Also sometimes known as peripheral neuropathy) Damage to the nerves, often in your hands and feet. Suffers often describe a tingling or burning sensation.
  • Radial nerve damage – Damage to the radial nerve, which connects certain areas of the arm, forearm and hand.
  • Acute nerve damage – Sudden damage to the nerves, in this case caused by a car accident.
  • Pinched nerve damage – Damage to the nerve that occurs when too much pressure is applied to the nerve by surrounding tissue.

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Back and Neck Injuries

Like many car accident injuries, an injury to the back or neck might not be obvious right away. The injury might get more painful in the days or even weeks after the accident. If you were injured in an accident, seek immediate medical attention after an accident, even if you think your injury might be minor. Your injury might be more serious than you realize and might require surgery or extensive medical care down the road.

So, how do you know if you have back or neck injury that might give rise to a personal injury claim? Here are some of the most common symptoms of a back or neck injury:

  • Pain spreading from your arms or neck
  • Muscle weakness or numbness
  • Tightening sensation around the chest
  • Pain radiating down your legs
  • Tingling in your fingers or hands

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when accident victims sustain a sharp blow to the head. These injuries can occur for a wide range of reasons in a car accident. No matter how your injury occurred, we’re prepared to help your family get your lives back on track.

There are two different types of TBIs, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The two types are:

  • Closed Traumatic Brain Injury – An injury to the brain caused by movement of the brain within the skull, according to the CDC. There are several different causes of closed TBIs due to car accidents, including:
    • Head-on collisions
    • Rollover accidents
    • Intersection accidents
  • Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury – An injury to the brain caused by an object entering the injury victim’s skull, according to the CDC. There are several different causes of penetrating TBIs due to auto accidents, including:
    • Part of vehicle entering skull
    • Outside object piercing skull

How do you know if you have a traumatic brain injury?

The warning signs are subtle for traumatic brain injuries. TBI symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Poor memory
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Poor coordination
  • Impaired vision
  • Amnesia

Knowing the difference between a mild head injury and severe TBI can be extremely complicated. That’s why it’s critical you or a loved one who might have sustained a TBI seek immediate medical attention.

Doctors use the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) to determine the severity of someone’s head injury. Physicians also use the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) to measure whether someone has a mild or severe head injury.

Without being properly diagnosed and tested by a physician, a serious TBI could go untreated and possibly even result in the death of a loved one. That’s why it’s critical you seek immediate medical attention – then contact Bell & Pollock. We can help.

When you have an aggressive auto accident attorney on your side, your family can demand the compensation you rightfully deserve for your traumatic brain injury accident. When pursuing compensation for a TBI, it’s important to think long term.

During your lifetime, your family might face a significant financial impact due to TBI. This includes:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Long-term medical care
  • Physical therapy

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