Types of Injuries Suffered By Victim of Car Accident

Some of the typical injuries are relatively minor; still others can be catastrophic in nature, causing the victim to deal with ongoing medical problems.

General categories for typical injuries

Those that reflect the effects of the impact
Those cause by a penetrating object, such as flying glass

Factors that can affect the nature and extent of a given injury

• The speed of the vehicle in which the victim was riding
• The speed of the vehicle that collided with the victim’s vehicle
• The position of the vehicles at the time of the collision. The position of the spot that felt the impact.
• Whether or not the victim’s seat belt had been buckled
• Whether or not the victim’s body enjoyed the protection of an air bag

Some injuries lead to development of slow-to-show symptoms

Personal Injury Lawyer in Dartmouth knows that some head injuries do not become apparent until weeks or months after the accident. That is why all victims should seek immediate medical attention. That can serve as proof of a connection between the accident and the head injury.

While penetration of the skull would be obvious, not all of the forces that could affect a brain are that apparent during the 24-hour period that has followed a collision.If a victim’s head had bumped against some part of a car’s interior, that could lead to development of a TBI (traumatic brain injury)

If a victim’s head had been thrown back and forth by the forces that had resulted from the impact, that, too, could lead to development of a TBI. The harmful effects of any bumping or shaking would increase, if the victim had been dealing with some minor infection within the nasal cavity, or within the canals of the ears.

Parents should note that some slow-to-show symptoms are difficult for a parent to recognize.

A child that has suffered a TBI might struggle to learn new material in school. A parent might mistake that difficulty as something that serves as evidence of the child’s laziness.

A son or daughter might have a sudden burst of anger or other emotion. That should not be misinterpreted as the effect of a young person’s hormones. A child’s frequent headaches might not receive much attention.

There was one case where a young teen suffered a dizzy spell more than 2 years after the accident. The teen’s pediatrician had no reason to link the dizzy spell and the accident, because the teen’s parents had never taken their child to the pediatrician, following the accident’s occurrence.

After that dizzy spell, the same teen had no complaints, until suffering a few more headaches and a few disturbances of vision. Only a seizure alerted medical professionals to the presence of a serious condition.

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