While not every car accident results in a permanent disability, some do. For those victims, life is never the same. They may lose their ability to work and earn a living, complete normal day-to-day tasks, or even to enjoy life to the fullest. Here are the most common disabilities that arise from car accidents and how you can get the help you need if you or a loved one were hurt in a crash.
1. Fracture Complications
Broken bones are extremely common in car accidents, and although some heal without incident, others are much more complex. Crush fractures in particular may require surgery and may never heal completely. Victims with fracture complications may experience chronic pain and may lose some of the function in the affected area.
2. Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Back and spinal cord injuries are extremely serious after a crash. A spinal cord injury can never be repaired, and only the resulting symptoms can be managed. Chronic pain, an inability to walk, and permanent disability are just a few of the things that victims with a back or spinal cord injury experience after a serious vehicle collision.
3. Neck Injuries/Whiplash
Whiplash is one of the most frequently seen injuries after an accident, but it also has the potential to be one of the longest lasting injuries. Whiplash can cause a victim significant pain after the crash, which can last for weeks, months, or even years. Some individuals with whiplash continue to have neck, upper back and shoulder pain, and headaches for the rest of their lives.
4. Psychological Damage
Being involved in a car accident is a frightening experience. Many people who are hurt in a crash heal physically, but do not heal well emotionally. Post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident is very real, and may lead to real fears about driving or riding in a car. Psychological distress can last years after an accident and can significantly impede daily living, often requiring regular therapy and in some cases, medication.
Contact Appalachian Injury Law Today
At Appalachian Injury Law, we know that permanent disabilities caused by car accidents can significantly impact your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you have chronic pain, aren’t able to enjoy the activities you used to, or are no longer able to work, we believe you deserve full and fair compensation. Call a car accident lawyer at Appalachian Injury Law today for a consultation to discuss your case at (706) 515-1995.