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Common Automobile Accident Injuries

Posted by attorney Jonathan Portner

People who are involved in a serious automobile or truck accident can suffer a wide variety of injuries. The force of an impact by a car at any speed can cause bodily injury to those involved. Those injuries can range from a soft tissue injury to a fatality or, as referred to in legal terms, wrongful death. Common injuries associated with automobile accidents include spinal cord injuries, fractures (including broken arms, legs, wrists, and ankles), herniated discs, brain damage, rotator cuff tears, and other permanent injuries. Our firm also represents families who have lost a loved one because of a fatal automobile accident (wrongful death). A disproportionate number of fatalities result from pedestrian accidents and truck accidents. Identifying injuries is extremely important to treatment and evaluating what damages are recoverable by the injured.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for more than 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year. A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of your vertebrae. Automobile accidents often supply the sudden traumatic blow. The resulting damage affects the nerve fibers passing through the injured area and may impair part or all of your corresponding muscles and nerves below the injury site. A chest (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar) injury can affect your chest, abdomen, legs, bowel and bladder control, and sexual function. In addition, a neck (cervical) injury affects movements of your arms and, possibly, your ability to breathe. Automobile accidents can also aggravate and accelerate underlying conditions such as degenerative disc disease and arthritis. Spinal cord injuries of any kind may result in one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

Loss of movement

Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch

Loss of bowel or bladder control

Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms

Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility

Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord

Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs

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