Common Injuries in Wisconsin Accidents
Many Wisconsin drivers don’t anticipate being injured in a car accident. If they think of accidents, drivers commonly associate car wrecks with “fender benders,” or car accidents that cause little or no damage to your vehicle.
Regardless of the extent of damage done to your car, accidents can cause severe injuries that can affect you for the rest of your life. This can be especially troubling if the accident was not your fault. Here are some common injuries resulting from car accidents in Wisconsin:
- Traumatic Brain and Head Injuries - Head injuries can occur even in a low impact crash if you hit the steering wheel, side window, windshield, or roof. Concussions, skull fractures, bleeding on the brain, bruising of the brain, and cuts or lacerations to the head are all serious injuries and must be treated immediately. Suffering from any of the above can result in more than just a headache, even if the initial symptoms only include dull pain. They can affect your vision, sense of hearing or smell, memory and focus, or cause nausea and dizziness. Both long and short periods of unconsciousness also have the potential to lead to paralysis or permanent brain damage.
- Whiplash - Commonly experienced after a rear-end accident, whiplash can cause severe pain in the head, neck, shoulders, and back. When the head is jolted during the impact, muscles surrounding the head and neck are strained. Even though it is not uncommon for the pain to occur the day after the accident, it is imperative that a whiplash victim be seen by a doctor. Whiplash can cause sprain or strain to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck, and it is important to be treated to avoid permanent damage to your health.
- Back Injuries - Back pain after a car accident can be caused by a number of injuries, including a slipped or bulged disk in your vertebrae (also known as a herniated disk), strained muscles in the lower or upper back, or even fractures in the spine. These types of injuries can be very serious, resulting in symptoms ranging from severe pain and difficulty moving to paralysis.
- Broken or Fractured Bones - The force of another vehicle striking yours has the potential to cause your bones to fracture or break when the limbs hit a hard surface in the car. Fingers, ribs, arms, legs, ankles, and feet are just a few of the body parts most susceptible to fracture. Joints like the wrists and knees are also at high risk for injury during a car accident.
- Internal Organ Injuries - Injuries to the kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, and heart are also common occurrences in high-impact car accidents. While seat belts are imperative to saving lives during a car wreck, the force of the belt can have huge bearing on damage caused to the organs. Broken ribs are often responsible for punctured lungs.
If you’ve been injured in a Wisconsin car accident, it is imperative that you seek treatment immediately in order to protect your health and your rights. For more information on the important steps to take after a car accident, contact the lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678, or via online chat at hupy.com.
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