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Common devastating injuries in a motor vehicle accident

On Behalf of | May 19, 2024 | Vehicle Accidents |

Taking a drive in the serene countryside, enjoying the gentle sway of trees and the soft hum of nature, one can easily find solace in the simplicity of the moment. However, car accidents happen and in an instant, the tranquility can shatter into chaos, leaving lives forever altered.

While a motor vehicle accident could result in a simple dent or paint scratch, it could also inflict far more devastating consequences, such as catastrophic injuries such as the following.

Traumatic amputations

The force and impact of a motor vehicle accident can lead to traumatic amputation. This is where the affected limb is either completely severed or so severely mangled that surgical removal is necessary. The sheer violence of the impact can cause bones to fracture, muscles to tear and blood vessels to rupture, resulting in irreparable damage to the limb. Traumatic amputations not only cause immediate physical harm but also bring about significant emotional and psychological challenges as individuals grapple with the loss of a limb and the profound impact it has on their daily lives and sense of self.

Degloving injuries

These are serious injuries where the skin and tissue are forcefully detached from the underlying muscle, bone or other structures, often resulting in extensive tissue damage and exposing the affected area. In motor vehicle accidents, degloving injuries commonly occur when a body part gets caught between two objects with opposing forces, such as a limb being trapped between the car and another object during a collision. 

Brain and spinal cord injuries

Motor vehicle accidents pose a significant risk of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries due to the sudden impact. Traumatic brain injuries can cause cognitive impairments and personality changes, while spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis and loss of bodily functions. These injuries require immediate medical attention and long-term rehabilitation for recovery.

If you suffered a catastrophic injury in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering through legal action.