Car accidents don’t always produce injuries, but when they do, the results can be devastating. Even some seemingly minor injuries can present major issues if left untreated.
Here are five of the most common New York car accident injuries:
#1 - Whiplash
Whiplash occurs when your head is suddenly thrown backward and then forward with force. You may think the force needs to be significant in order for whiplash to occur, but that’s not actually the case. Many people who endure whiplash injuries from car accidents are going as slow as five to 10 miles per hour (mph).
#2 - Cuts and Scrapes
Some cuts and scraps may heal on their own with antibiotic ointment and bandages, while others may be more serious and require medical attention. It’s important to keep in mind that even minor cuts and scrapes can pose a risk of infection, so it’s important that injuries like this are treated right away.
#3 - Broken Ribs
Ribs are very delicate bones. If you’re pushed forward, backward, or sideways in a crash, it can be relatively easy to break a rib. Injuries of this nature can take a long time to heal and can be very painful.
#4 - Broken Bones
Car accident victims often suffer broken arms, legs, hips, and shoulders. Broken bones most commonly occur in rear-end and side-impact collisions.
#5 - Internal Bleeding
Injuries like this can be particularly harmful if not treated immediately. If you suffer internal bleeding in a crash, it’s important to seek medical care right away. Some of the symptoms include:
- Significant weakness
- Passing out
- Low blood pressure
- Acute visual issues
- Weakness on one side of the body
- Brutal headache
Note: If you’ve been in a car accident and you don’t feel significant pain, that doesn’t mean you didn’t sustain any injuries in the crash. It’s common for accident victims not to feel the pain of injuries sustained for hours, days, or even a week following a wreck. It’s in your best interest to seek medical care right away if you think there’s a chance you could have been hurt.
If you’ve been involved in an injury-sustaining accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Let us see if we can help you recover it.
Call the New York lawyers at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC today at (845) 763-4100 to speak with an accomplished attorney about your case.