Whiplash, Back Injury, and Brain Trauma: Major Injuries in an Auto Accident

by admin on July 11, 2010

Three very common injuries reported after an auto accident are whiplash, back injuries and head trauma.  These injuries are all potentially serious and suffering from any of them can be extremely painful.  They also can take a very long time to heal.  On top of this they are expensive and disrupt one’s quality of life.  Due to this, an auto accident lawyer can be very helpful to you.  This article will describe the injuries and why it is important to seek legal counsel for them.

Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the muscles and ligaments of the neck over-extend and tear.  This is due to being hit from behind.  The head moves slower than the rest of the body after and impact, and takes slightly longer to catch up.  The head moves forward with its momentum after the crash and over extends neck muscles during this motion.  Whiplash is a very painful injury that makes head movement difficult and restricted

Back injuries can be more serious than back pain.  A back injury is very debilitating and restricts a person from certain movements and tasks.  Even many exercises and walking will be impacted.  Back injuries are present as the result of an accident and are identified as sharp twinges or excruciating pain in the neck and back when you move around.  You can also experience severe discomfort while sitting or lying down.  Back injuries can make normal life extremely difficult for a long time as the injury heals.

Head trauma is can be the most serious of the injuries.  Even though the brain is well protected inside the skull the rapid deceleration of the vehicle causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull.  Injuries to the brain can cause a loss of motor skills and speech, coma, or death.  Studies show that 50 G’s of force can cause brain damage.  This is the force that you may experience in an auto accident.  Even accidents with fewer G’s can cause brain damage.  Brain injuries can be very disruptive to normal life and take a long time to recover from.

It is important to remember that these injuries can result from an auto accident and can be very difficult and expensive to deal with.  It is important to consult with an auto accident attorney that you can trust.  The road to recover is long and painful and it helps to have someone on your side that will work for you.


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South Florida Attorney Joseph M. Maus and Associates has been helping victims of injuries and accidents for close to 17 years. The firm prides itself on having the resources and experience of the largest state-wide law firms, yet providing individualized attention to each and every client.
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