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What car accident injuries can have lasting effects?

Car accidents are scary, stressful and costly. Even the most minor accidents can have lasting effects for all those involved. When the discussion centers around injuries, the lasting effects can be devastating. So, what car accident injuries can have lasting effects?

The most known and common car accident injury is whiplash. This occurs when the head and neck and thrown into sudden movement. This injury is typically found in rear-end collisions. Whiplash injuries can lead to neck ligament and muscle damage. Swelling and generalized neck pain are the common results of whiplash injuries. Whiplash can also cause temporary vocal cord paralysis. A whiplash injury can last for years, even a lifetime, for car accident victims.

The most serious car accident injuries happen to the head. From concussions to traumatic brain injury, a victim who suffers head trauma during a car accident can deal with symptoms for years. Head injuries can lead to brain damage, memory loss, a coma and even more issues.

Blunt force trauma is another injury that can have lasting effects on car accident victims. Blunt force trauma to the chest of a victim can lead to broken ribs, punctured lungs and collapsed lungs. For those who have health issues, victims could go into cardiac arrest during an accident. Cardiac arrest can lead to internal bleeding and issues with the organs that could last for years.

Damage to the spinal cord can cause victims to have problems walking for the rest of their life. Nerve damage is a common back injury among car accident victims. Nerve damage can lead to issues regarding the victim's hands, feet, legs, arms and other body parts. Paralysis is also possible when dealing with back injuries. Victims who become paralyzed will have to deal with this injury for their rest of their life.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a Providence car accident, speak with a personal injury attorney today to learn about your rights and how to recover damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Types of Car Accident Injuries," accessed May 05, 2017

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