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What Are Catastrophic Injuries Commonly Associated With Car Accidents?

Being involved in a car accident is never a pleasant or favorable situation. An accident can be made even worse if you sustain catastrophic injuries as a result.

Read on to learn about the most common catastrophic injuries associated with car accidents.

Common Catastrophic Injuries in Car Accidents

As you know, car accidents can be mild, or they can be very severe, depending on the circumstances. When car accidents are severe, catastrophic injuries are more likely to occur.

In severe car accidents, the following catastrophic injuries tend to be the most common:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) - This type of injury occurs when your fragile brain tissue is harmed as a result of the brain hitting against the skull. This injury typically occurs from direct trauma to your head.
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI) - Your spinal cord is responsible for communicating between your brain and the rest of your body. When your spinal cord is harmed, your body’s communication systems are disrupted, which means your various body parts’ functions can be impacted.
  • Severe burns - You may sustain burns in a car accident if a vehicle catches on fire, especially if you’re trapped inside it for some time. You can also experience friction burns if you’re ejected from the car and you skid across the road at a high rate. Burns can damage all of the layers of your skin and even the muscles, bones, or other tissues beneath the skin.
  • Amputations - It’s possible for a car accident to result in the amputation of an extremity or limb. There are several ways this can occur. A body part could be severed due to debris from the accident, in a rollover wreck, or as a result of an impact with part of the vehicle. It’s also possible to have a bone completely crushed or shattered and deemed unrepairable, so an amputation may be required.

We Can Help

If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you sustained catastrophic injuries as a result, you may be owed compensation. Our attorneys are highly skilled in handling car accident catastrophic injury cases and have helped hundreds of clients obtain justice. Let us help you, too. Don’t hesitate—contact us with your case right away.

If you or a loved one are dealing with a catastrophic injury, our lawyers at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP may be able to help you receive the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (605) 519-6136 or fill out an online contact form.