If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident anywhere across the state of Houston, you may be injured. Drivers and passengers in vehicles involved in traffic accidents may suffer devastating spinal cord injuries, head trauma, broken bones, whiplash, burns, amputations, and other severe injuries. The intense force of a motor vehicle accident can result in permanent, life-changing injuries that require extensive surgeries, hospitalization, physical therapy, and other forms of costly medical treatment.
Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents May Suffer Spinal Cord Injuries Head Trauma, and Amputations
Auto Accident Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents are violent, traumatic events which can result in devastating, permanent injuries. The sheer force of the collision can result in severe shaking of the body, causing painful broken bones and muscle sprains as well as brain, spinal cord, and burn injuries.
Common motor vehicle accident injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) may occur when the force of an accident causes a sudden trauma or impact to the brain. TBI often happens when a driver or passenger in an accident strikes their head on the steering wheel, dash board, or other part of their vehicle during a wreck. Half of TBI victims require surgery in an effort to treat or remove ruptured blood vessels (hematomas) or contusions (bruised brain tissue) in the skull. Symptoms of TBI can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the brain damage. Some victims of TBI remain in a permanent vegetative state and are unable to care for themselves, requiring extensive medical care and treatment.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries often result from motor vehicle accidents. A spinal cord which is sufficiently damaged may leave the victim suffering from paralysis and other injuries. Spinal cord injury victims may suffer partial paralysis (paraplegia), loss of use of all four limbs (quadriplegia), or other degrees of paralysis, which most often require years of costly medical care and rehabilitative treatment.
Motor vehicle accidents may result in fires that can inflict severe and deadly burn injuries on the driver, passenger, and any bystanders. Vehicles loaded with gasoline and other flammable materials can suddenly catch fire in an accident, causing first- (minor), second- (moderate), third-degree (severe), and even more serious burn injuries. Burn injuries are extremely painful and may require repeated surgeries and medical procedures to treat. The threat of infection of the burned tissue is a constant issue in treating burn injuries.
Amputation is the loss of an arm, leg, or other body part which can have life-changing physical and permanent emotional effects on victims. The force of an accident may forcibly remove body parts, or the victim may be so badly injured in a wreck that there is no choice but to surgically amputate them. A limb or body part may be either partially amputated or completely removed. Amputation patients are left without the previous use of an essential body part and faces years, if not a lifetime, of difficult rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Whiplash is a nonmedical term for a common injury caused by violent shaking or movement of the head and neck during a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is neck pain caused by injury to the soft tissues of the neck resulting from sudden, forceful movement. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the neck can be strained in a motor vehicle accident, causing pain. Many times, whiplash symptoms can be treated with rest and over-the-counter pain medications. However, some victims require more intense physical therapy to recover from the pain of whiplash.
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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a Houston motor vehicle accident, you should contact Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. today for a free, confidential initial consultation. You and your family may have rights to be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our experienced Houston motor vehicle accident attorneys can evaluate your motor vehicle accident and advise you of your rights. Contact us today by completing the case inquiry form on this page or calling us