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Common Houston car wreck injuries
Any car crash can cause injury. Generally, the higher the speed at which the crash occurs, the more likely severe damage happens. Sometimes the collision can be devastating, and yet everyone walks away relatively uninjured. Other times, what seems like a minor crash turns into a nightmare for the injury victim. Auto accident attorneys see injuries and damages from crashes every single day. Sometimes the victim is the driver of the vehicle; other times, they are simply a passenger in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our law firm represents injury victims who have been injured due to the fault of another. If another motorist was negligent, call us for a consultation regarding your rights and options. There is never a charge for personal injury consultation. Call 281-587-1111.
Some of the most commonly injuries caused by car crashes in Houston are:
Neck, back, or spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries are rarely diagnosed at the ER. In severe collisions where a fracture is suspected, a sophisticated test, called an MRI, is often done in the emergency room. However, if a fracture is not suspected or is ruled out by an x-ray, a back or neck injury involving a disc is usually not diagnosed until a specialist orders an MRI. One common misconception is that if you are released from the emergency room and not admitted to the hospital overnight, everything is going to be okay.
Usually, it is only after failure of conservative treatment such as physical therapy, medication, and home exercise that the proper diagnosis is determined after an MRI is done. X-rays do not show problems with the spinal cord, such as a herniated disc, bulging disc or slipped disc. It is only with more sophisticated testing, such as the MRI with a CT scan, that the issues with the spinal cord, neck, or back can be appropriately diagnosed and treated.
Neck and lower back injuries are common with rear-end impacts. It is the sudden move forward of the head in a “whiplash” type movement that can lead to disc problems, which are way more serious than what has been called soft tissue injury. One factor that attorneys see frequently is radiculopathy, or radiation of pain into the arms or legs, as a signal that something more is going on with the discs or spinal cord. Neck or lower back surgery can be necessary if the discs protrude into the spinal canal or discharge material from the disc. Likewise, a fracture of any part of the spinal cord usually requires surgical intervention and may require the installation of hardware near the spinal cord. Acute spinal cord injury can result in permanent damage, disfigurement, and disability.
Head or Brain Injury
Head injuries can happen in even minor car crashes. Not long ago, there was a Houston woman involved in a fender bender. She and the other driver exchanged information and went their separate ways, not even calling the police. No one suspected or thought that there would be an injury claim made from that car accident. Later that day, the woman developed a headache. The headache continuously got a little worse as time went on. A few days later it got so bad that the woman went to the emergency room for help. She never left the hospital. What seems like a minor crash turned out to be a fatal collision. In short, brain injuries cannot be seen and cannot easily be diagnosed. If you are in an auto accident and suspect a head injury, get yourself to the hospital and get it evaluated.
The concussion is the most common closed head injury of all. Contact sports have gotten very sophisticated recently, as have guidelines for treating and dealing with concussions. Automobile accidents are a leading cause of concussions. The vast majority of concussions lead to short-term issues that resolve over time. However, there are other instances where the head injury or brain injury is permanent. A head injury can be a life-changing situation for many people. Typical signals of a brain injury or closed head injury include mood swings, memory loss, headaches, and irrational behavior. Neurologists and neuropsychologists are commonly consulted to accurately diagnose and treat a brain injury after an auto accident.
Injury to the shoulder happens many times in T-bone or side-swipe accidents. The shoulder is a very sophisticated mechanism that is sensitive to injury. Unfortunately, if there is a shoulder injury, it usually involves a tear to a tendon and will require surgical treatment to alleviate the pain and help resolve the problems. Shoulder surgery can be tough to recover from, even when it involves a minimally evasive orthoscopic procedure. It is not unheard of for someone to struggle with 3 to 6 months of recovery after surgery. This type of injury occurs often with commercial vehicle crashes where the driver or passenger side is struck by the other vehicle. Insurance adjusters frequently fight causation from a medical standpoint, even when the injury is well documented in the emergency room.
Chest injuries can be particularly painful and often stem from frontal impacts. Broken sternum and collarbones are a few of the injuries personal injury attorneys see frequently. Treatment for a fractured sternum usually includes rest and pain. Broken collar bone scan requires surgical reconstruction by adding plates and screws if it is a compound break. Recovery time can vary depending on the severity of the break and whether surgery is needed.
Ankle, Foot, and Knee Injuries
Fractures of the ankle or foot are another common injury that vehicle accident lawyers see on an ongoing basis. The cause of the fracture will depend on the type of crash and impact. A break can be caused by the foot being driven to the side or pushed into the peddles. Surgery is often needed for many car wreck victims. Knee injuries almost always involve some type of therapy, if not a surgical treatment. Most injuries are related to the tendons and not the bones. Our Houston lawyers know what needs to be done to present your car crash injury in a favorable light to a Harris County or other Texas jury.
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