Car accidents in Philadelphia are a hassle to say the very least. Besides the inconvenience of the accident itself, they come with financial burdens which sometimes prove to be substantial. With every collision there is the possibility of injuries, some of them can even be severe or fatal. When car accidents occur very often the driver and passengers will slam into various parts of the vehicle with at least some force, even if it's an accident at a low speed. There may also be items that go flying around the car after a collision which can lead to injuries. Many people are lucky and walk away with minor cuts and scrapes from broken glass or impact injuries such as concussions.
However, in more serious accidents, for example, if a vehicle rolls over, occupants can be severely or fatally wounded and sometimes even ejected from their vehicles.
Below is a breakdown of some of the most common injuries that occur and range from mild wounds to serious and permanent conditions.
Head and Face: Your head and face are particularly vulnerable during accidents since it is the closest body part to all of the glass in the windows and windshield.
- Eye Injuries – up to and including partial or full blindness
- Ear injuries – can lead to hearing loss
- Facial or jaw fractures
- Dental injuries, including loss of teeth
Traumatic Brain Injury: Brain injuries can happen from any collision, but the severity can vary greatly.
- Concussion – which can be mild and heal on its own fairly quickly
- More severe injuries impair critical normal brain functions including speech, vision concentration, memory, and emotional control
Neck and back injuries: Neck and back injuries are the most common wounds after any crash, the sudden impact makes the neck move faster and in directions that it isn't designed to.
- Whiplash - the most common injury incurred during accidents, a result of the sudden back and forth motion of the impact
- Damage to the spinal cord or the vertebrae, ligaments or disks which can cause paralysis or loss of function in limbs
- Chronic pain can also linger after neck and back trauma
Chest injuries: Chest injuries are also very common, with or without seat belts and airbags. Although chest injuries tend to be much more severe when the victim wasn't wearing a seat belt.
- Broken Ribs
- Broken Breast Bone
- Bruises and sore areas from the seat belt
Pelvis /abdominal injuries: Depending on where the impact occurs significant damage can be done to the hips and pelvic area.
- Hip fractures
- Pelvic fractures
- Internal bleeding to abdominal organs
Legs/Knees/Feet: This is another part of the body that is particularly susceptible to injury, just like the neck and back, the sudden impact can easily fracture bones.
- Most leg injuries are caused by being crushed during the impact of a crash
- Bones can sustain a fracture or multiple fractures
- Strains and sprains are also common
- In extreme cases, particularly when motorcycles are involved, appendages could also be severed
Depending on the severity of your collision and your wounds you may be given a choice to go to the hospital by ambulance, or if you are seriously hurt you will be taken in an ambulance without being given another option.
After you've recovered from your injuries you are sure to have at least some medical bills, they could be significant if you had to stay in the hospital or if you underwent any surgeries or physical therapy after the accident.
You may or may not be entitled to seek monetary compensation for pain, suffering, etc. Thus, retain a car accident lawyer in Philadelphia with a low contingency fee to get maximum compensation.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a low 29% contingency fee, not the standard 40-45% like other firms. We serve ALL of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We can sign you up over the phone and start working on your case today.
The Lassen Law Firm
1515 Market St #1510
Philadelphia, PA 19102