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3 catastrophic injuries that may occur as a result of a car crash

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2024 | Auto/Truck Accidents

People who are involved in a car wreck may suffer from catastrophic injuries. While these challenges are more common in crashes associated with speed or aggressive driving, they’re possible as a result of any motor vehicle accident.

Anyone who thinks they have sustained one of these injuries must get medical care right away. All of these injuries have the ability to affect a victim for the remainder of their days.

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries in car accidents can lead to partial or complete paralysis, depending on the injury’s location and severity. These injuries disrupt the communication between the brain and other body parts, which potentially results in loss of movement and sensation below the injury site. Victims may face challenges such as mobility issues, loss of bladder and bowel control and an increased risk of secondary conditions like pressure sores and infections. The psychological impact, including coping with the loss of independence and changes in lifestyle, can be as significant as the physical challenges.

Brain injuries

Brain injuries from car wrecks range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs can cause various physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral effects, varying greatly among individuals. Symptoms can include headaches, memory problems, concentration difficulties and mood swings. In more severe cases, permanent cognitive impairment, physical disabilities and changes in personality may occur. The road to recovery can be long and uncertain. Some individuals require lifelong care and rehabilitation to manage their symptoms and regain some level of independence.

Traumatic amputations

Traumatic amputations, which are the sudden loss of a limb or extremity in an accident, are among the most visibly devastating outcomes of car wrecks. Beyond the immediate life-threatening concerns and the surgical intervention often required, the long-term implications include physical rehabilitation, emotional adjustment to body image changes and learning to use prosthetic devices.

The cost of care for these injuries can quickly add up to thousands of dollars or more. Seeking compensation for the financial damages is an option when a wreck was caused by  another party’s negligence. Seeking legal guidance may be beneficial for victims who want to get their claim filed before the statute of limitations expires.