Car accidents and other traffic fatalities sadly claim the lives of many individuals nationwide. Even those who survive auto accidents may face a lifetime of recovery from their severe injuries.
If someone sustains injuries in a motor vehicle accident, they should seek medical help immediately for their apparent injuries and monitor themselves for any delayed damages.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury that makes a difference in brain function and development. A person may suffer from a TBI after a severe jolt or violent blow to their head or body. Symptoms of moderate or severe TBI include seizures, dilated pupils, slurred speech, loss of coordination, repeated vomiting and worsening headaches.
Car crashes may cause various levels of paralysis. Paraplegia is the paralysis of the lower half of the body and quadriplegia occurs when most of the body becomes paralyzed. Hemiplegia happens when one side of the victim’s body has paralysis. Monoplegia often occurs due to nerve damage above the singular paralyzed limb.
After a crash, a vehicle might catch fire, or the person’s skin might touch chemicals, steam or other hot surfaces. Severe burns might require skin grafting and surgery. Scarring from burns may go deep enough to affect your nerves and muscles. The tightness experienced from these contracture scars may hamper the victim’s movement.
The scarring one experiences after a motor vehicle accident depends on the size of the injury, the location of the wound, genetics and the victim’s age. Keloid scars are usually noticeable since they extend beyond the boundary of the injury and may even diminish mobility.
If someone suffers from severe injuries after a car accident, seeking immediate medical attention and documenting the status of the wounds may help them in any future legal action.