Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Legal Representation for Car Accident Victims in and Around Memphis
Car accidents can result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. There are millions of car accidents around the country each year. Every car accident has its own unique facts, including different causes and different kinds of injuries. However, there are certain common injuries in car accidents in Tennessee and around the South. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our experienced Memphis car accident attorneys understand how juries value these common injuries and how much your case is likely to be worth. Sometimes insurers offer low-ball settlements at the outset, hoping you will simply take it and leave. However, the full extent of the injuries in a car accident is not always immediately known. Before talking to an insurer for an at-fault driver, you should consult an attorney about your case.
Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Most common injuries are the result of negligence by one or more drivers. To recover damages you will likely need to establish the other driver’s negligence, meaning you’ll need to show that he was not driving safely and as a result you were hurt. The nature and severity of your injuries typically affect the damages you are able to recover.
Injuries to the head, the back, the neck, and the chest are quite common in a car accident. If you are traveling at high speeds in the front of a car, the impact of another car striking your car from behind or the side may result in your head hitting the steering wheel or dashboard, resulting in traumatic brain injuries. While the severity of a traumatic brain injury can vary enormously, in particularly severe cases, the result may be a need for lifelong care and extensive treatment. Head injuries can also result in vision problems, skull fractures, or hearing loss. It is important to seek medical care right away after hitting your head in a car accident.
Back injuries, from soft tissue injuries to herniated discs to spinal cord damage, are also quite common. You can recover for these injuries to the extent they were caused by another driver’s breach of the duty to use reasonable care. The spinal cord is made up of 33 vertebrae, separated from each other by discs made up of spongy material. The disc has a tough outer layer and a gel-like center. With a sufficiently forceful impact, such as the impact from a rear-end collision on the highway, the gel center of the disc squeezes through a crack in the outer layer inflaming and irritating a nearby nerve. Paralysis can occur when there is trauma to all or some portion of the spinal cord.
Whiplash is another common injury. It occurs when the head and neck move suddenly from one direction to the other. Sometimes these movements result in generalized neck pain and swelling, while in other cases, there is serious and long-lasting ligament damage. For example, if another car rear-ends you on the highway while both of you are traveling above 65 mph, the impact may be quite severe, and the whiplash may result in long-term damage.
The blunt force of a car accident can also result in broken ribs, broken arms, collapsed lungs, or internal bleeding. Emotional distress arising out of the experience of the accident is also quite common.
If you are able to establish the other driver’s negligence in causing your injuries, you may be able to recover damages that flow from the accident. Depending on the nature of the injuries, these may include economic losses such as medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, rehabilitation, lifelong care, nurses, household services, alterations to the home, and other tangible losses. If, for example, you become paralyzed as a result of the accident, you may need to add a wheelchair ramp to your house and receive certain nursing services or therapy. These expenses may be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit.
You can also recover noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, loss of consortium, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment. If, for example, you suffer a broken rib cage and collapsed lungs in a car accident, you may not be able to go dancing, play sports, or play with your children like you did before. Noneconomic damages attempt to quantify an intangible loss. The jury will often listen to testimony about how your life has changed and assign a dollar value to that. Noneconomic damages are one area where an experienced attorney can make a big difference as to what damages you’re able to recover.
Consult an Experienced Memphis Car Collision Attorney
If you suffered an injury in a Tennessee car accident caused by someone else, our firm will take the time to explore the full impact of this injury on your life. We employ more than 30 lawyers and 100 staff members who understand of how much car and truck accidents can interfere with your enjoyment of your life. We represent clients throughout the South in Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee, including in Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. Please call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form. NST is the way to go.