Common Injuries After Car Accident

Were you recently in a traffic accident? If so, you should know that you might be entitled to financial compensation for your pain, suffering, and other losses.

The law recognizes a wide range of damages. But car accident injuries aren’t always easy to recognize right away.

Below, we highlight several of the most common injuries from car accidents and explain how an experienced Omaha auto accident lawyer can help.

Soft Tissue Injuries: Whiplash and Beyond

Soft tissue damage is among the most common injuries from car accidents. It is generally defined as any injury to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons of the body.

Common examples of soft tissue injury include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Pulled muscles
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Stress injuries

These and other soft tissue injuries can present with swelling, redness, reduced range of motion, and pain. Symptoms may range from moderate (usually temporary) to severe (often long-term, chronic, or even permanent).

The most common soft tissue injury in a car accident is whiplash, which happens when the force of impact causes the neck to move back and forth quickly, distressing the surrounding tissue.

Though sometimes belittled as a “pseudo injury,” whiplash can actually be much more serious than many people realize. Even if it is your only injury from a car accident, whiplash can be serious enough to keep you out of work or away from your ordinary activities.

If you have experienced whiplash or any other significant soft tissue damage in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you should talk to an Omaha car accident attorney about your options under the law.

From Bruises to Broken Bones

A sudden or forceful impact can put tremendous pressure on your body. Bruises, contusions, scrapes, cuts, and other lacerations are common.

Depending on the nature of the impact and your position at the time, you might also be at risk for broken bones or ribs.

Even a stress fracture or hairline fracture can be enough to cause significant damage, which might grow worse without prompt and effective treatment.

Knee and Joint Damage

The knee is an especially complex part of the body and is very vulnerable to impact during collision. Indeed, knee and other joint damage are among the most common injuries from car accidents. Elbows, shoulders, ankles, and wrists are at risk too.

Knee damage can make it impossible for you to do your job or to live life like you normally would. If your life has changed in any way because of an injured knee after a car crash, an Omaha auto accident attorney may be able to help.

Internal Damage

Internal bleeding can be extremely dangerous, especially if you don’t get it treated right away. Unfortunately, the symptoms aren’t always obvious. Some internal organs are located in parts of the body that do not readily sense pain, and the signs of internal bleeding may not become apparent until the situation is critical.

In all but the most minor accidents, it is always advisable that all parties involved received a comprehensive medical examination right away.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

Head and brain injuries can cause problems ranging from headache and sleep disorders to permanent disability, cognitive impairment, or even loss of life.

The spine is also at risk in auto accidents. Spinal cord damage can result in severe back pain, difficulty walking, reduced range of motion, long-term disability, nervous system problems, or paralysis.

Disability and Disfigurement

While it is easy to think of cosmetic damages as “superficial” or “only skin-deep,” the truth is that any form of facial or bodily disfigurement can be devastating and may profoundly change your way of life. Nebraska personal injury law recognizes disfigurement as a compensable damage. Compensation may be available for pain, suffering, emotional distress, cosmetic treatments, plastic surgery, and more.

Likewise, any disability can turn your world upside down. Accident victims who are unfairly disabled in a car crash caused by someone else’s carelessness deserve to be compensated for the full scope of their loss and suffering. An experienced Omaha auto accident attorney can help.

Emotional Injuries

As human beings, our physical experience is tied in with our emotional experience. Very often, people who endure a serious car accident are left with profound emotional injuries — anxiety, depression, fear, and even PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Emotional distress ranks among the most common injuries from car accidents, and it deserves to be taken seriously. Diminished emotional stability can profoundly affect your job performance, your quality of life, and even your physical health.

If you believe you have suffered an emotional injury after a car accident in Nebraska, we encourage you to call our office and set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Other Common Injuries from Car Accidents

While we have covered some of the most common injuries from car accidents in today’s article, the foregoing is hardly a comprehensive list. Every accident is different, and so is every victim. Whatever your experience might have been, if you are suffering after a car crash in Nebraska, give us a call.

Schedule a Free Case Review with an Omaha Auto Accident Attorney Today

At Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C., our goal is always to get our clients the highest possible amount of financial compensation. We are a Nebraska personal injury law firm with years of experience and a record of getting injury victims the compensation they deserve in the majority of our cases.

To schedule a free claim review with an experienced Omaha auto accident attorney in our office, please contact Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C. as soon as possible.


by Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop
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