Although every car accident is different, people suffer a variety of different injuries – injuries can be as serious as traumatic brain injury, and as minor as small cuts and bruises. Car accidents can also create emotional distress, including anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If you have experienced any of the below symptoms, contact a Las Vegas car accident lawyer:
- Whiplash (neck sprain/strain): Whiplash is what the vast majority refers to as a neck or upper back injury created by a violent or forceful movement of the neck in a back-and-forth movement. In a whiplash injury, the motion of your neck moves past a natural stopping point for the joints, muscles, and ligaments. Auto accidents are one of the most common causes of whiplash in the United States. However, whiplash can also occur in a slip and fall accident.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an injury developed in the brain from severe trauma. A TBI is another common auto accident injury. Brain injuries are graded by the severity of trauma sustained. A mild TBI is what we call a concussion. Mild TBI’s are usually not chronic and permanent. Common symptoms of a mild brain injury include migraines, nausea, vertigo, ringing in the ears, and blurred vision, and light sensitivity. Less common side effects include temporary memory loss and changes in mood and appetite.Common symptoms in moderate to severe brain injury include chronic headaches, vomiting or nausea, slurred speech and confusion, weakness in extremities, and agitation. Long-term symptoms include behavioral changes, impaired judgment, and difficulty concentrating. In some severe cases, an untreated TBI can lead to death.
- Back and Spine Injuries: Spinal cord injuries include trauma to disks, nerves, and joints. Symptoms can range from mild stiffness, pain, numbness, and tingling, to more serious symptoms like paralysis. The immediate signs of spinal cord injuries following an accident include:
- Extreme pain in the back
- Weakness, loss of motor skills, and temporary paralysis
- Numbness, tingling, and loss of sensation in extremities
- Changes in bladder and bowel control
- Difficulty balancing, especially while standing and walking
- Difficulty breathing
- Changes in posture
You should seek immediate medical attention after a significant trauma to the head or neck. In some cases, spinal injuries are not always immediately apparent. After a car crash, your symptoms may not appear until days or weeks later. This is why it is imperative that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible.