Injuries from Auto Accidents

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Rear end collisions are the most common of all auto accidents. They are not usually the cause of major accidents, and often occur at lower speeds; however, this does not mean that injuries are minimal. Neck injuries from a car accident are the most common and the most dangerous because of the central nervous system. These, along with back accidents are the most common of rear end accident injuries. Each year over 2.5 million rear end accidents occur. Of these, roughly 20% of those involved will suffer form whiplash symptoms. Whiplash is usually responsible for all pain and injuries associated with rear end accident injuries. It has major effects on an individual’s neck, and extends to the back in many instances. It can cause pain and damage to the shoulders also.

Injuries from Collisions

A rear end collision causes whiplash in a simple manner. When a vehicle is hit from behind, it is thrust forward in an abnormally fast manner. It is unexpected by those in the car, and they are therefore unprepared for it. When driving individuals do not usually have their heads resting against head rests, and in many cars, headrests are too low to achieve this. Therefore, when the car is thrust forward, the torsos of the individuals in the car are thrust forward at the same rate. The freestanding head and neck of these individuals are then whipped backward in response to the torso. Depending on the nature of the headrest in the respective car, the individuals’ heads will bounce off the headrest and then rebound forward extremely fast.

Neck Injuries

Neck injuries from a car accident are most commonly whiplash, as it directly affects one’s neck. The neck is stretched often to its limits at high speeds in rear end collisions. This is referred to as hyperextension. The most common injury from this is neck sprains. Individuals with this will feel minor pain in the neck and possible dizziness, headaches or tingling in the arms. In the worst cases, nerve damage can occur. The direct cause of the nerve damage within whiplash is disputed; however, it is known to cause long-term damage in a minority of cases.

Back Injuries

Depending on the extent of hyperextension, the back can also be affected to varying degrees by whiplash. In cases, where an individual’s neck is thrust forward off the rebound of the car headrest that it pulls the whole body forward, the back can also be over stretched. When the back is affected, symptoms are a dull pain in the mid back, similar to what is felt in the neck. Similar tingling to what could be felt in the arms can be felt in the legs also.

Limb Injuries

Damage to the limbs is also more frequent in high-speed collisions. Individuals in these types of crashes may have their legs and arms jarred violently within the vehicle in unusual directions causing breaks and fractures to bones, or stretches and tears to ligaments. Such injuries can require casts and physical therapy to fully heal them.

Compensation

Compensation for auto accident injuries has a wide range of possibilities depending on the type of coverage one has and by the nature of the accident and injury incurred. Oftentimes minor accidents with minor injuries will require the individual to pay out of pocket for medical expenses. However, in instances where substantial medical bills are required and or when an individual is forced to miss work because of the injury, compensation can be acquired. Compensation of this type can usually be acquired in cases where the accident was caused by an

Treatment

You can definitely seek compensation for injuries after filing and settling a car accident claim, Then, commonly used treatments of mild pain medication, anti inflammatory medication and rest will cure the symptoms in time. Certain stretches and exercises can also help the recuperation process. A doctor should be consulted to address each person’s unique injury. Treatment for rear end accident injuries to the back are often the same as those for the neck. A medical professional should always be consulted to plan the proper recuperation processes.

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