Common Injuries in Personal Injury Claims
Personal injuries can lead to a lot of pain and suffering, and in many cases, significant financial compensation. While injury claims vary, there are some injuries that are generally seen more often than others.
Brain Damage in Personal Injury Claims
A brain injury occurs when the head is struck by an object or moves violently within the skull, for instance, in a car accident or fall.
It can cause a wide range of symptoms and problems, including memory loss, cognitive impairment, physical difficulties, and emotional distress. There are several different types of brain injury to be on the lookout for if you’ve recently been in an accident.
A concussion is caused by a sudden blow to the head. The symptoms usually go away within a day or so, but they can linger longer depending on how bad your concussion is. In some cases, concussions can lead to permanent damage.
When a traumatic brain injury is involved, the seriousness can range from mild to severe. This type of injury happens when an external force damages the actual brain tissue itself. Symptoms can be indicative of a less serious condition, so even if you’ve experienced a minor fall, if you have a headache or head trauma of any kind, get to the emergency room immediately.
Brain bleeding is a very serious condition that can be fatal if not treated promptly. Bleeding usually means a blood vessel or artery in the brain has ruptured.
The symptoms of brain bleeding can differ depending on where the bleed is located in the brain and how much blood is lost.
Broken Bones in Personal Injury Claims
A broken bone injury is a fairly common occurrence in accident victims, and the most common broken bones are actually fractured.
A fracture is a break in the continuity of a bone. The severity of the broken bones depends on how much damage has been done. A fracture can be classified as either simple (closed) or compound (open).
Spinal Injuries in Personal Injury Claims
If you have suffered any of the spinal injuries listed below, it’s important to understand how bad you’re hurt and how a spinal injury may affect your life.
Strains or sprains can be caused by any sudden movement that causes your muscles to stretch or tear. Strains and sprains are a common type of injury after car accidents where the head and neck are thrown forward by impact.
A fracture is a crack or break in the bones of the spine, this type of spinal injury may occur when there is a sudden twisting motion that causes the bones to break. This usually occurs in the vertebrae at the base of the skull and below the neck area.
When one bone moves out of its normal position and comes into contact with another bone, it’s called dislocation. This type of spinal injury tends to happen when there’s a severe impact to the neck or back that causes one of the vertebrae to shift out of place.
Common Injuries Include Burns
The most common causes of burn injuries are fire or scalding liquids. Burns can also occur from radiation, electricity, and chemicals, all of which can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Burns are classified by the degree of damage that’s done to the person’s skin. First-degree burns, or superficial burns, affect only the top layer of skin, causing redness and pain.
Second-degree burns affect the outer layer of skin and part of the underlying tissue.
Third-degree burns are full-thickness burns and are most likely to result in disfigurement and possible disability. Third-degree burns destroy all layers of skin and may also damage underlying muscle and bone.
The severity of a burn injury depends on its depth and size, as well as how long it takes for medical treatment to begin after an accident.
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The Estes Law Firm helps clients with all types of accident claims, so get in touch with us today to learn more about your rights as a victim.
Sadly, from broken bones to head trauma, the above is only a partial list of common injuries in personal injury claims that happen nearly every day. Our lawyers strive to provide you with the personalized attention that you deserve. Contact us online through the form on this page or call 281-238-5400.