According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are a leading cause of injury in the U.S. On average, some 2.5 million Americans are treated in emergency rooms and close to 200,000 are taken to the hospital every year due to these accidents.
Motor vehicle accidents in West Palm Beach, FL can inflict serious injuries to various parts of the body. Some of the most common injuries suffered by victims in these crashes include:
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Car crashes are a top cause of TBI. This condition occurs when the brain is dealt a severe blow through impact or piercing to the head. TBI takes the lives of about 50,000 people each year with an additional 80,000 to 90,000 suffering a long term disability.
Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
Spinal cord injuries can result in long-term disability due to the impact of a car crash and the severe forces imposed upon the spinal cord, including the torque on the body. Partial or total paralysis can occur below the level of the injury.
The internal organs can suffer significant injury when a car crash in West Palm Beach forces the body of the vehicle occupant into an object or flying debris impacts the body. This can result in internal bleeding that requires emergency medical treatment to save the life.
When vehicles catch fire in a car crash, the occupants may suffer contact with severely hot surfaces as well as hot chemicals, steam, or fluids, resulting in severe burns. These burns can produce scarring that requires skin grafting and surgery.
Broken bones and fractures
Broken arms, hands, wrists, ankles, ribs, and legs are quite common in vehicle collisions. Some car crash victims also sustain a broken pelvis. Depending on the nature of the break, the victim may require surgery in the case of compound fractures or simply a cast for other broken bones.
Scarring facial injuries
When the face impacts the steering wheel, air bag, windshield, dashboard, car seat, side window, or any hard surface in a car crash, severe facial injuries and disfigurement can result that require surgery and leave a lasting scar.
Limb loss and amputation
At times, victims of car accidents unfortunately suffer the loss of various digits or limbs, such as a finger, arm, leg, or other appendage. This can occur when the digit or limb is severed in the crash or when surgical amputation is required due to the severity of the injury involved.
Whiplash and severe neck/back injuries
Even car crashes at low speeds of 15 mph can create whiplash, regardless of whether or not a seat belt is involved. Whiplash creates neck pain due to injuries sustained to the soft tissues of the neck. These injuries often occur in rear impact crashes. Car accident victims may also sustain cervical dislocation or severe disk injury.
If you are the victim of a car crash injury in the West Palm Beach, FL area as a result of another party’s negligence, we are here to help. At Yeboah Law Group, we can fight on your behalf for the financial compensation you deserve for your losses. To arrange a free consultation, call us today at 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form.