A car accident can change the course of a person’s life. In an instant, those involved in a crash could experience effects ranging from damage to one’s personal property to serious physical injuries that can impact a person’s life from that point on. If an accident occurs as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party, those impacted by the crash could have grounds to pursue legal action.
The impact of a car accident could be more than just physical. You may find that you are also dealing with emotional duress, mental strain, and the stress that comes with navigating insurance matters and medical bills. As you try and put the pieces back together after a car crash, it may be helpful to learn more about your injuries, the impact they could have on your life and how you can seek the recovery you need and deserve.
Physical injuries and their impact on your life
There are two main types of car accident injuries: impact injuries and penetrating injuries. An impact injury is one that occurs as the result of a serious blow to any part of the body. A penetrating injury is one that occurs because something struck the victim, causing a cut or serious laceration. Within these two categories, the following are common car accident injuries:
- Head injuries — A blow to the head can result in damage to the skull or the brain, causing swelling, brain damage and a range of traumatic brain injuries. This can include concussions and damage to the face.
- Spine injuries — Injures to the spinal cord can lead to paralysis either temporarily or permanently. It can also leave a victim with less range of movement, lessened physical abilities and pain.
- Broken bones — A car accident can result in broken bones and severe damage to joints in any part of the body. In severe cases, this can result in permanent damage.
Recovery after a car accident is not always easy. It may be beneficial for one to seek professional guidance regarding what legal options may be available. An assessment of the specific car accident allows one to know whether he or she has grounds to pursue recompense and recovery through the California civil justice system.