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Injuries in car accidents can be minor to fatal

Car crash impacts can lead to very minor damage to a car or they can completely destroy the vehicle. While the condition of the car can clue people in to how serious the injuries might be, this isn't always the case. Instead, the injuries of the accident have to be properly evaluated to determine the severity.

Some of the minor injuries that people can suffer in a car crash include small cuts or bruises. These might lead to discomfort, but they are unlikely to be life-threatening.

Whiplash and broken bones are a little more serious, but they can lead to the need for medical care when you leave the scene of the accident. You might have to take some time off work as you heal from these.

On the more serious side of matters are injuries classified as catastrophic. These are so serious that they are likely going to lead to lifelong issues. These include spinal cord or brain injuries. In these cases, the injury is going to impact your entire life even years after the accident.

Sometimes, a car crash claims the life of a victim. This is a serious matter that can lead to a civil claim for wrongful death.

In all of these cases, the victim might have to get extensive medical care. This can include emergency care provided at the scene and in the hospital after the accident. Some victims or their families opt to pursue claims for compensation to try to recover the money spent on medical care or final expenses. In addition, compensation may also be sought for a loss in wages.

Source: FindLaw, "Types of Car Accident Injuries," accessed June 01, 2018

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