Common Types Of Injuries In Car Accidents
Car crashes in the Columbus area can result in many different types of personal injuries, and those injuries can vary widely in terms of severity. The severity of a car accident injury can depend upon various factors, such as the speed of the collision, how the accident occurred, whether the crash involved a pedestrian or bicyclist, whether a motorcyclist was involved in the accident, and whether the parties involved were wearing seatbelts. Generally speaking, pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as motorcyclists, tend to be at greater risk of sustaining a severe injury in a collision with a passenger car since that pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist will not have the same protection that an automobile provides. Yet severe injuries can occur in almost any collision, even when the accident is a single-car crash that occurs at a relatively low speed.
The following are some of the most common types of serious injuries that can affect people in car accidents in and around Columbus, Ohio.
Bone fractures, which can also be described as broken bones, can occur in various types of car crashes and can affect many different parts of a person’s body. Depending upon the type of fracture and where it occurred, a person may require one or more surgeries. When facial fractures occur, they can be permanently disfiguring, as can fractures that occur elsewhere on the body. Broken bones can also be debilitating, especially when they affect a person’s legs, arms, hands, or feet.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), broken bones can include stable fractures, open fractures (also known as compound fractures), transverse fractures, oblique fractures, and comminuted fractures. Open or compound fractures are the most dangerous, and comminuted fractures can require immediate, emergency surgery.
Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBIs
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can range from mild TBIs that include concussions to moderate and severe brain injuries. Although concussions are classified as mild TBIs, it is important to know that it can still take weeks, months, and sometimes even longer for a person to recover. In any brain injury case, medical attention is necessary.
Spinal Cord Injuries, or SCIs
There are many different kinds of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) that can occur as a result of a car accident. While a person who sustains a spinal cord injury in a crash ultimately may be able to heal from the injury fully, many SCIs do result in permanent disabilities, including paralysis, herniated discs, or bulging discs. Depending upon where the SCI occurs, paralysis can affect different parts of a person’s body.
Seek Advice from a Columbus Car Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a car accident, you should seek advice from our Columbus car accident lawyers about seeking compensation through an auto insurance claim or a car accident lawsuit. Contact Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. today to learn more about how our firm can assist you.