Most Common Auto Accident Injuries
Head injuries are among the most common in South Carolina auto accidents. They are caused when the vehicle comes to a sudden stop with a force that sends the brain slamming into the skull. The symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe – from headaches, to memory loss, to depression, and more, and they can cause lasting damage and greatly diminished quality of life. It is important to treat head injuries as quickly as possible, even when symptoms seem too mild to be of any importance.
Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries are also very common among victims of auto accidents. These injuries are caused by the amount of force that the body must endure when a serious collision occurs. You can get whiplash, sprains, fractures, damaged vertebrae, herniated disks, or damage to the sensitive spinal tissues and muscles. In the worst cases, these injuries can result in paralysis, crippling pain, and permanent disability.
Internal injuries can be the unseen and unexpected death of those victims of auto accidents who show no outward trauma. A person may not be showing evidence of broken bones and may have minimal bruising and visible injuries, but his or her kidneys, liver, lungs, or spleen may be fatally damaged by the force of the impact or by broken ribs. If internal injuries are present, they must be treated immediately to save the victim’s life.
Death is the most devastating and tragic of auto accident outcomes. When the victim passes away from his or her injuries, then it falls to the family to pursue damages in a wrongful death claim. This is the path towards recovering medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and the lost financial support that the late victim can no longer provide. You can also seek damages for the grief and emotional suffering of the victim’s survivors.