An unexpected accident, no matter how slow or seemingly minor, can cause painful injuries that impact you for a lifetime. The following injuries are those most commonly seen in car accidents. If you have been in a car accident, see a medical provider immediately so that they can diagnose your injuries and make sure that your treatment is covered by your PIP benefits.
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries. When your body is thrown unexpectedly, it can cause muscle, ligament, and tendon strains. These injuries can often take months of treatment to heal.
Herniated and Bulging Discs
On sudden impact, your vertebrae may shift out of place or rupture. These injuries can be extremely painful and may occur anywhere along the spine, from the lower back all the way to the neck. Herniations often require injections or surgery for relief.
Concussions/Traumatic Brain Injuries
Often caused by the head hitting the steering wheel or an airbag, car accident victims can suffer from serious head and brain injuries that require immediate treatment. Without treatment, or with delayed treatment, brain injuries can cause life-time problems, including recurring headaches, sleeping problems and brain function issues.
Sudden impact may cause fractured bones in the feet, ribs, arms, and elsewhere. Some fractures, like ribs, rarely have treatment options and require long periods of rest and recovery. Others require immediate treatment to ensure that they heal properly and can return to full use.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other Psychological Injuries
Being in a car accident can cause mental distress like anxiety, PTSD, and depression. These problems are often exacerbated by getting back in a car or driving in busy traffic. Mental health treatment can assist car accident victims with their mental injuries and suffering.