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Car Accident Injuries

Posted by Harlene Labrum | Nov 25, 2020

Car Accident Injuries

In an instant, a car crash can permanently change the lives of victims who experience car accident injuries resulting from someone else's negligence. While every car accident is different, some of the common car accident injuries experienced by victims result in life-changing medical complications or even fatalities. If you experienced any kind of car accident, visit a medical provider as soon as possible to receive a complete medical evaluation. Some very serious car accident injuries do not appear immediately after a car accident due to a victim's adrenaline or the fact that they remain in a state of shock. Learn more about your legal rights and your ability to receive compensation for your car accident injuries by visiting with our experienced car accident attorneys at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to medical research, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when there is a sudden jolt or blow to the head, which often occurs in car accidents. Some TBIs are mild, but others require hospitalization, surgery, ongoing medical treatments, and physical therapy. In severe cases of TBI, a victim may endure a permanent disability or life-long challenges of physical and psychological pain. Some catastrophic TBIs result in death following a car accident. The attorneys at Labrum Law Firm have a great deal of experience dealing with traumatic brain injuries following a car accident. Contact us today for a free consultation if you received a TBI following a car accident in order to understand all of your legal options.

Spinal Cord Injuries

One of the most serious and devastating types of car accident injuries are spinal cord injuries. The sudden and severe impact of a car crash can result in spinal cord injuries that unfortunately can cause serious disabilities including quadriplegia, tetraplegia, or paraplegia, which are different types of permanent damage to the spine. Some back and spinal cord injuries are minor and only need rest and physical therapy. Other spinal cord injuries caused by car accidents can cause permanent physical and emotional trauma to the victim.

Whiplash and Soft Tissue Injuries of the Neck and Upper Back

Many people do not understand that whiplash is a serious medical condition that can leave a victim with permanent pain and suffering. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke indicates that whiplash often causes physical damage to the joints, ligaments, discs, nerves, and muscles. If you experience any pain in the hours or days following your car accident or any dizziness, headaches, neck stiffness, back or shoulder pain, abnormal sensations, burning, prickling, or any other cognitive challenges such as foggy thinking, you should immediate seek the advice of a medical professional.

Broken/Fractured Bones

The sheer force and impact of a car accident often leads to broken and/or fractured bones. Broken or fractured arms, wrists, ankles, and legs are also common in car crashes. Serious broken bones or compound fractures may require hospitalization or even surgery to repair. Other broken bones, such as the pelvic bone, can cause permanent injury and suffering to a victim following a car accident.

Knee Injuries

Knee injuries are common, and “dashboard knee” often occurs from the knee hitting the dashboard or other front area of the car. The cartilage or meniscus in the knee can tear if the knee impacts the dashboard or twists and/or turns sharply as a result of a car accident.

Internal Organ Damage/Internal Bleeding

Some serious and life-threatening injuries are not immediately visible following a car accident. Internal organ damage can occur as a result of debris impacting the body during a car accident, or simply the twisting or turning of the body during the car accident. Additionally, some victims have internal bleeding as a result of the impact of a seat belt or airbag. Because some of these injuries may be masked as a result of adrenaline or shock, it is always imperative that a victim receive immediate medical evaluation and treatment following any car accident.

Facial Injuries

Facial injuries can occur in car accidents as a result of hitting the steering wheel or dashboard, flying debris or glass, impact with an airbag or car seat, or even a window. Facial injuries resulting from a car accident can leave permanent disfigurement, pain and suffering, and require hospitalization and surgeries.


In severe car accidents, the injuries to arms and legs (or smaller appendages such as fingers or toes) prove to be so severe that amputations are required. The impact from an amputation can leave a car accident victim with the inability to return to work resulting in a permanent inability to have any kind of gainful employment. In other cases, amputations can cause not only physical trauma but psychological damage as well to the victim.

Burns, Lacerations, and Bruises

A car accident can result in flying debris, shattered glass, and the blunt force trauma of a victim impacting different parts of the vehicle. As a result, the victim may receive cuts, bruises, or lacerations. If the victim is ejected from the vehicle, they may experience “road rash” or abrasions to the skin as they slide on concrete or pavement. If a vehicle catches on fire, or the car accident occurs with a truck carrying hazardous or toxic materials, the victim may also suffer severe burns as a result.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The car accident injuries suffered by a victim may not only include physical injuries but psychological ones as well. Depending on the nature and severity of the car accident, a victim may experience severe mental and emotional trauma, including the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. In these cases, a victim should seek out therapy and treatment from a qualified mental health professional.

Contact an Experienced Nashville Car Accident Attorney to Discuss Your Car Accident Injuries Today

No matter what type of car accident injuries you suffered, if your physical or psychological injuries resulting from someone else's negligence, you have a legal right to receive compensation for your economic and non-economic losses. Contact an experienced Nashville car accident attorney to discuss your car accident injuries today and learn how much compensation you may have a right to receive under the law. For a free consultation, call (615) 338-9500 and ensure your legal rights remain protected.

About the Author

Harlene Labrum

Harlene is focused and passionate about helping those injured in car wrecks.  She earned her J.D. at Nashville School of Law and her Bachelor's degree at State University of New York at Albany, awarded with the highest GPA and high honors.  Harlene began her career in law as a personal injury par...

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