Common Car Accident Injuries
Norfolk, Newport News, and Roanoke, Virginia
For over 30 years, the personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Kalfus & Nachman have been representing Virginia residents seriously injured in car accidents. Over the years, we have fought tirelessly to make sure those victims got the financial compensation they needed and deserved.
As you know, a trip to a doctor or the hospital can be quite costly, and if you have been injured through not fault of your own, you should not be stuck with those astronomical medical bills. A short visit to the emergency room for a broken bone can cost several thousand dollars, so just imagine what something like a spinal cord injury with paralysis would cost. You may be in the hospital for days, weeks or even months if you sustained a serious car accident injury.
Some of the most common car accident injuries include:
Some car accident injuries are immediately apparent while others may not show symptoms for quite some time after the accident. Some head injuries do not show symptoms at all. For this reason, regardless of how you feel after a car accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. After a series of diagnostic tests, your doctor will be able to ascertain whether or not you have suffered some type of injury as a result of your car accident.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain has been damaged by a sudden trauma to the head and is often referred to as "acquired brain injury." In some cases, the head comes into violent contact with an object, while in others the brain may be punctured by a foreign object. There are both open and closed traumatic brain injuries and the symptoms of each may include:
- Behavior and mood changes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Blurred vision
- Problems with concentration and attention
- Memory problems
Spinal Cord Injury
When you suffer a spinal cord injury, the motor and sensory signals to the brain are interrupted. This happens when the fiber tracts in the spinal cord have been damaged. The victim of a spinal cord injury may also suffer from segmental damage, which only affects one part of the body, instead of the whole body. This is why there are varying degrees of paralysis.
Some victims of car accidents may be paralyzed from the waist down while others will have no movement or feeling from the neck down. Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing injuries and often require round-the-clock care for the rest of your life.
Whiplash is a nonmedical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck. Whiplash is caused when the neck is forced to move beyond its normal range of motion. Whiplash can be very painful and may affect your ability to work and perform everyday tasks for quite some time, depending on its severity.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the areas of Norfolk, Newport News, or Roanoke, Virginia, please contact the experienced car accident attorneys in VA at Kalfus & Nachman today.