Countless factors can influence the outcome of a motor vehicle collision. From the types of vehicles involved and the speeds at which they were traveling to the positions of the occupants within the vehicle, injuries can range from painful to life-altering. Unfortunately, it is common for serious injuries to plague an individual after a severe collision.
While every vehicle crash is unique, there are some common severe injuries that can have lasting effects on the victim and his or her entire family, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): These injuries can be the most complex of anything a vehicle occupant might suffer. This is due to the broad range of symptoms and damage that is possible. A TBI could center on structural brain damage or functional brain damage – or both. Symptoms can include cognitive impairment, memory loss, blurred perceptions, chronic headache, mood disorders and personality changes. Since the jarring motion of the brain inside the cranium can cause the injury, there might not even be a visible indicator of the TBI causing the symptoms to be something of a mystery to a medical professional.
- Paralysis: Paralysis can mean the loss of sensation or the loss of movement control over various body parts. Depending on the type of damage and its position along the spine, the injured individual could suffer numerous different types of paralysis. These can include uniplegia, hemiplegia, paraplegia or quadriplegia. While this condition is sometimes temporary, it is often an injury an individual must deal with for life.
- Crush injuries: Depending on the position and the force of the impact, a vehicle occupant might suffer a crushed limb. These severe injuries often require surgery to correct the damage. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the limb to require amputation because it is beyond repair.
These injuries often involve surgery, extended hospital stays, extensive physical therapy and a lifetime of prescription medications. Additionally, they could require certain living space accommodations including a wheelchair ramp and stabilizing rails around bathroom fixtures.