Possible injuries from being rear ended include whiplash, traumatic brain injury (TBI) including concussion, fractured ribs, bruised lung, and others. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the United States.
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Whiplash Injury from a Rear End Collision
The Mayo Clinic says that rear end crashes are the leading cause of whiplash injuries. Sports mishaps and physical abuse are other leading causes. The whiplash happens because the neck suddenly gets forcefully snapped forward then backward, like a whip cracking.
If you have a whiplash injury, you probably have a headache, and your neck is stiff and sore. Depending on the severity of the injury, you might experience significant pain. Most people start to see improvement within a few weeks or months after treatment for whiplash. Some people develop long-term neck pain and other problems.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Including Concussion from Accident
Motor vehicle crashes are the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). When a blow to the head interferes with the brain’s ability to perform its tasks, the person has suffered a TBI.
A TBI can range from mild to severe to fatal. A concussion is an example of a mild TBI. A severe TBI can cause loss of consciousness for days or longer and long-term impairment.
A Car Rear Ended Can Cause Fractured Ribs and Bruised Lungs
A rear end collision can throw the driver into the steering wheel or the front seat passenger into the dashboard. The impact can cause broken ribs and pulmonary contusion (bruised lung).
The patient might need oxygen therapy and a ventilator to help him breathe while the lung heals, according to the Merck Manual. Severe lung bruising can be fatal. Fractured ribs and lung injury can lead to a collapsed lung, pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
People can sustain spinal cord injury, broken bones, and other injuries from being rear ended. These accident injuries can lead to paralysis, disfigurement, and other impairments.
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Possible Car Accident Settlement Awards After Rear End Accident
If you get injured in a rear end collision, you might be eligible for compensation. Your money damages could include things like:
- Medical expenses for the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, diagnostic testing, surgery, doctors, and physical therapy.
- Lost wages if you miss time from work without pay because of the accident and your injuries.
- Diminished earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from making as much money as before.
- Long-term care if you need daily assistance with medical treatments and personal tasks because of severe injuries.
- Pain and suffering for the physical discomfort and emotional distress of the accident and the harm you suffered.
- Other intangible losses like disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life.
We know that getting rear ended can turn your life upside down. We want to help you rebuild your life.
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries from being rear ended, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733. We offer a free initial consultation, and there is no obligation. We go the extra mile for our clients.