Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accident injuries are no joke. Motorcyclists face risks that drivers and passengers in other vehicles don’t. Without the protection of an enclosed vehicle, motorcyclists are more likely to be injured when they’re involved in accidents. Whether caused by a negligent driver, unsafe road conditions, or limited visibility, motorcycle accidents can leave victims with serious ,or even fatal, injuries.
If you or someone you love were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC wants to help. Our attorneys are committed to helping injury victims in Massachusetts and Rhode Island pursue maximum compensation, and we’re ready to put our experience to work for you. Call us today at (401) 777-7777, or contact us online for a free case review today.
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Because of the extreme forces involved in vehicle collisions, drivers and their passengers often suffer various brain injuries. And although they range from mild to severe, brain injuries can cause permanent, life-altering effects.
If you or a loved one suffered a motor vehicle accident-related brain injury, The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC is here for you. We understand the stress, pain, and frustration an accident can cause, and we don’t think you should have to bear the financial burden of injuries and damages that weren’t your fault. Contact us 24/7 at (401) 777-7777 for a free consultation. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering. We want to help.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Before discussing specific types of brain injuries, it’s important to understand that traumatic brain injuries fall under two primary categories:
- Closed head injuries
With closed head injuries, the brain suffers trauma as a result of a sudden violent movement or blow to the head. The brain hits the skull, causing either diffuse (affecting the entire brain) or focal (affecting one specific area of the brain) injuries.
- Open head injuries
With open head injuries, an object fractures the skull and impacts or penetrates the brain. Open head injuries are usually focal and can cause serious damage. In auto accidents, open head injuries often result from flying debris, foreign objects entering the vehicle, or broken pieces of the vehicle impaling the skull.
Types of Accident-Related Brain Injuries
Some of the most common types of auto accident-related brain injuries include:
Concussions are closed head injuries that occur when the brain makes contact with the skull. Concussions range in severity and may cause unconsciousness, severe headaches, blurred vision, confusion, vomiting, fatigue, and short-term memory loss.
A contusion is a “brain bruise” that results from bleeding in the brain. Accident victims may suffer contusions at the point of impact or experience “coup-contrecoup” injuries, where the brain bounces back and causes a second injury opposite the first.
- Diffuse anoxal injury
This is similar to whiplash, where the head moves faster than the neck, causing the head to snap back in a whip-like motion. With a diffuse anoxal injury, the brain moves slower than the head, causing tears in the nerve structure throughout the brain. These often result in widespread brain damage, coma, and death.
- Intracranial hematoma
This occurs when blood vessels rupture, either between the skull and the brain or within the brain itself. Three types of intracranial hematomas are subdural, epidural, and intraparenchymal, all of which can have life-threatening complications.
- Parietal lobe injury
The parietal lobe is one of four lobes in the cerebellum, which is located at the back of the head, directly under the skull. Parietal lobe injuries can cause comprehension problems, lack of spatial awareness, and other serious cognitive impairments.
- Temporal lobe injury
Temporal lobes are located at the bottom sides of the brain and assist the parietal lobe with organizing sensory information. Accident victims who experience damage to the temporal lobe may suffer from disturbances in perception, inability to focus, language comprehension issues, memory loss, and changes in temperament.
Accident Injury Lawyer in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, the auto accident attorneys at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC want to help. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and we know how to build strong cases. Contact us 24/7 at (401) 777-7777. Our consultations are always free, and with our No Fee Guarantee®, you won’t pay us unless we win your case.
Spinal Cord Injury
Since the spinal cord is part of the central nervous system, spinal cord injuries shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident, you may face intense medical treatment, surgery, and a long period of recovery.
The auto accident attorneys at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC don’t think you should have to bear the financial burden of injuries that weren’t your fault, and we want to help. Contact us 24/7 at (401) 777-7777, or complete a free initial consultation today.
Accident-Related Spinal Cord Injuries
Before discussing spinal cord injuries, you should understand that the spinal cord is divided into three regions:
- Lumbar — lower back
- Thoracic — middle back; longest portion of the spine
- Cervical — runs the length of the neck and connects to the base of the skull
Some of the most common types of spinal cord injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents include:
- Fractured vertebrae — Fractured vertebrae can range in severity. Symptoms may not be evident immediately, but they can still cause permanent damage.
- Disc injuries — Disc injuries may occur in addition to or separately from fractured vertebrae. If a disc ruptures, the jelly-like fluid inside the disc can escape, resulting in a herniated disc (also called a slipped disc, bulging disc, or protruding disc).
- Paralysis (paraplegia and quadriplegia) — Damaged nerve fibers in the spinal cord interrupt the communication between the brain and muscles and may result in paralysis. Paralysis can be total or partial and may affect one or both sides of the body. Paraplegia affects the legs, lower torso, and pelvic organs, while quadriplegia affects the upper torso, arms, and legs.
- Whiplash — Whiplash occurs when the head moves forward and snaps back in a whip-like motion. Whiplash often causes neck pain and stiffness, limited range of motion, and other symptoms. While many individuals who suffer whiplash are able to fully recover within a few months, some victims experience chronic pain for years after their accidents.
Get Compensation for Your Spinal Cord Injury
If you or a loved one suffered an accident-related spinal cord injury, you may have a claim for financial compensation. The experienced attorneys at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC have recovered millions for our clients across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and we’re ready to put our experience to work for you. Contact or call us at (401) 777-7777 for a free case review today.
The chest is home to some of the body’s most vital organs, including the heart, lungs, and liver—which means chest injuries can be extremely serious. Experiencing chest pain during or after a motor vehicle accident can be concerning, because it’s difficult to determine exactly what is causing the pain. It may involve your organs, muscles, bones, skin, nerves, or circulation.
If you suffered a chest injury caused by a motor vehicle accident in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys are knowledgeable about motor vehicle accident laws in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and we want to help. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Common Accident-Related Chest Injuries
Many motor vehicle accident-related chest injuries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts include:
- Strained muscles
- Broken, bruised, and fractured ribs (including incomplete fracture)
- Sternal fracture (fractured breastbone)
- Internal bleeding
- Ruptured spleen
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Myocardial contusion (bruising of the heart)
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Punctured or collapsed lung
- Respiratory distress
- Flail chest
- Tracheobronchial injury
- Sepsis subsequent to chest injury
Victims might also sustain injuries to other chest organs and nearby structures, including:
- Lymph nodes
- Pleura/ pleural space
- Pulmonary artery
Seatbelts and Airbags Can Cause Chest Injuries During Accidents
Seatbelts and airbags are two of a vehicle’s most important safety features. They save countless lives during motor vehicle accidents, and you should always wear a seatbelt when driving or riding in a car.
However, airbags and seatbelts can cause serious injuries, even as they protect you. Car crashes can propel your body forward at high speeds, resulting in heavy impact. When your body makes contact with a seatbelt, airbag, steering column, or any other surface or restraint, the force of that impact can lead to serious injuries.
Don’t mistake chest pain after an accident for soreness. If you hit the seatbelt or airbag during a crash, the impact may have caused more serious internal damage than you initially realize. You should always seek medical attention after an accident, even if you don’t think your injuries are severe.
Heart Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Accident-related cardiac damage is highly underdiagnosed. Forceful impact can put enormous strain on your entire body, which may affect your circulation, blood pressure, and more. The impact of a car accident can cause new blood clots, dislodged blood clots—which can lead to heart attack, pulmonary embolism, stroke, ruptured aneurysms, or dangerous cardiac arrhythmias. The heart is a muscle, and it can be bruised just like any other.
Since these injuries may not be obvious or affect an accident victim immediately, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident.
Compensation for Accident Victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
If you or a loved one suffered a chest injury after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. At the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we’ve recovered millions for our clients across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and we’re ready to review your case. With our No Fee Guarantee®, you won’t pay us unless we get compensation for you. Contact or call us 24/7 at (401) 777-7777, and let us get to work for you today.
Arm and Leg Injury
Arm and leg injuries rank among the most common motor vehicle accident damages in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Since the limbs are connected to other systems in the body, arm and leg injuries can directly impact your ability to move, walk, work, and carry out everyday tasks.
The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC is committed to helping injured accident victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, and we want to help. Contact us today for a free case review—just call (401) 777-7777.
Common Motor Vehicle Accident-Related Arm and Leg Injuries
Some common limb injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts include:
- Cuts, scrapes, and lacerations
- Skin burns
- Abrasions and avulsions
- Contusions (bruises)
- Infection caused by skin puncture
- Blood clots
- Aneurysm in the shoulder, arm, or leg
- Deep vein thrombosis (a common cause of pulmonary embolism)
- Muscle damage
- Gangrene (dead tissue)
- Limb infarction/ necrosis
- Nerve damage
- Broken fingers or toes
- Broken arm or leg
- Severed arm or leg
- Surgical amputation subsequent to injury
Any of these injuries can cause extreme pain and emotional distress. But they might also require time away from work, medical treatment, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
Permanent Disability Caused by Accident Injuries
Accident victims with arm or leg injuries often face long roads to recovery. But sometimes, a victim’s injuries are so severe that they are unable to fully heal. They could face a lifetime of chronic pain, difficulty moving, or even confinement to a wheelchair. Their social lives, careers, and emotional health are impacted as a result, and the medical bills they face can be more than they’re able to afford.
Whether your injuries are minor or severe, you should contact an experienced attorney who can help calculate the extent of your medical expenses and pursue compensation. Insurance companies want you to settle for as little as possible, but at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, it’s our goal to get you maximum compensation.
Help for Injured Accident Victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
If you or a loved one suffered arm or leg injuries due to a motor vehicle accident, an experienced auto accident attorney at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC is here for you. We’ve helped clients throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts get compensation for their injuries, and we’re ready to review your case. Our No Fee Guarantee® promises that you won’t pay us unless we get compensation for you. Contact us 24/7 for a free consultation.
A serious back injury can significantly alter your lifestyle, impair your ability to work, and often requires extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. If you or a loved one suffered a back injury after a motor vehicle accident, the auto accident attorneys at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC are here for you. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so contact us today for a free case review.
Common Accident-Related Back Injuries
Some of the most common motor vehicle accident-related back injuries include:
Back Sprains and Torn Ligaments
Ligaments are tough, fibrous tissues that connect the bones in your body. But ligaments can’t always withstand the force of a crash. A back sprain occurs when the ligaments in your back stretch too far. Ligaments can also tear, which often requires surgery.
Symptoms of back sprains and torn ligaments include:
- Persistent pain that worsens with movement
- Uncontrollable muscle spasms or contractions
- Limited range of motion, making it difficult to bend or stand up straight
Back Strains and Torn Muscles or Tendons
A back strain occurs when the muscles or tendons in your back overstretch. The symptoms of a back strain are similar to symptoms of back sprains.
Like ligaments, tendons and muscles can also tear under extreme force. Although minor strains typically heal with ice and rest, more serious strains require intense physical therapy. Torn muscles and tendons may even require surgery.
In between the vertebrae are soft discs filled with a jelly-like substance. During a motor vehicle accident, the exterior of these discs can crack, causing the interior substance to leak into the body. This is called a herniated disc.
Accident-related herniated discs generally cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms and legs. They are most common in the lumbar region of the back, but may occur in the cervical region as well. In severe cases, herniated discs can compress the nerve roots below the spine, and emergency surgery may be necessary to prevent permanent damage.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord damage can have severe and lifelong effects including chronic pain, limited mobility, and in extreme cases, partial or total paralysis.
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
Bottaro Law has recovered millions of dollars for accident victims throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If an auto accident caused you or a loved one to suffer a back injury, our auto accident attorneys are here for you. Call us 24/7 at (401) 777-7777, and we’ll review your case for free. With our No Fee Guarantee®, you won’t pay us until we get compensation for you. Don’t wait. Contact us today to get started.
Head injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents can range from minor facial injuries to severe internal bleeding, but both often leave victims with physical and emotional scars. After an accident, you should take important steps to protect your rights to compensation.
The auto accident attorneys at Bottaro Law have served accident victims across Massachusetts and Rhode Island for more than a decade, and we want to help you, too. If you or a loved one sustained an accident-related head injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact us today at (401) 777-7777 to get started.
Common Accident-Related Head Injuries
Some of the most common types of head injuries in motor vehicle accidents include:
- Ear Injuries
Hitting your head or injuring your neck during a car accident can cause damage to your ears. Even a low-speed crash is enough to rupture the fragile structure of the inner ear, causing headaches, irritation in the ear, the sensation of water in the ear, and even an itching sensation in the throat. More serious consequences include cognition problems, loss of balance, difficulty remembering, and neurological effects.
- Eye Injuries
When an airbag deploys, it has the potential to seriously harm the eyes. Eye injuries commonly caused by airbag deployment include cataracts, retina damage, bleeding within the eye, and rupture of the eyeball. These often require surgery, and in severe cases, can lead to blindness. Besides airbag-related injuries, other eye injuries result from broken glass, flying debris, and impact with other parts of the vehicle. Other eye injuries include corneal abrasion, traumatic iris, and orbital fractures.
- Nose Injuries
Common nose injuries associated with car accidents include blood clots, swelling and bruising, and obstruction of the nasal airways. Even the force of a low-speed crash is enough to cause a broken nose. Signs that your nose may be broken include nasal bleeding, bruising around the eyes, facial swelling, trouble breathing through the nose, and loss of sense of smell.
- Jaw and Tooth Injuries
Common jaw injuries in auto accidents include fractures of the mandible (lower jaw) and injuries to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the mandible to the skull immediately in front of the ears. Accident victims may also have their teeth broken or lose their teeth during a crash.
- Facial Injuries
Abrasions, severe lacerations, and burns can leave victims with permanent scarring and disfigurement.
- Open and Closed Head Injuries
Accident victims can suffer traumatic head injuries that impact the brain and skull. An open head injury occurs when an object fractures and penetrates the skull, making physical contact with the brain. A closed head injury is caused by traumatic impact (hitting the windshield or steering wheel) and can lead to permanent brain damage.
Even if you aren’t visibly injured, you should always seek medical attention after a motor vehicle accident. Some injuries may not be obvious immediately, but their long-term effects can be serious and life-threatening.
Compensation for Accident Injuries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
If you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle accident, your injuries may require expensive medical care. At the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we don’t think you should have to face the financial burden of injuries that weren’t your fault, and we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation—our legal team is standing by 24/7 to take your calls. Just dial (401) 777-7777 now.
Motor vehicle accidents exert significant force on the body, but the neck isn’t built to sustain such impact. In fact, neck damage is one of the most common car accident injuries. Neck injuries can be temporary and manageable or permanent and severe, but nearly all neck injuries involve some degree of discomfort.
At the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we understand the pain and frustration that can follow a motor vehicle accident, especially if it was caused by a negligent driver. If you or a loved one sustained accident-related neck injuries, you may be entitled to compensation, and we want to help. Contact our Rhode Island and Massachusetts auto accident lawyers today for a free case review. Don’t wait to get the help you deserve—just dial (401) 777-7777 now.
Whiplash Can Be Serious
Whiplash occurs when the neck is quickly rocked back and forth in a whip-like fashion. It is extremely common in auto accidents. While not all cases of whiplash are severe, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you experience the following symptoms:
- Pain that worsens with neck movement
- Limited range of motion
- Impaired ability to drive
- Difficulty performing daily tasks at a normal pace
- Stiffness in and around the neck
- Tenderness in the shoulders, arms, upper back, and lower head
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
Even in less severe instances, these symptoms can last for months and require medical care. Some whiplash victims also experience:
- Blurred vision
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Lower back pain
- TMJ/ jaw pain
- Poor concentration and memory problems
- Poor sleep
While not all cases of whiplash are severe, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident.
Other Neck Injuries From Motor Vehicle Accidents
In addition to whiplash, accident victims can suffer a variety of neck injuries. Other common accident-related neck injuries that may entitle you to compensation include:
- Disc injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck trauma involving traumatic brain injury
- Neck sprain
- Cervical dislocation
- Nerve root damage
- Neck fracture
- Lacerations, scrapes, or burns affecting skin on the neck
Compensation for Accident Victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC has recovered millions of dollars for accident victims throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you suffered injuries from a motor vehicle accident that wasn’t your fault, our accident lawyers want to help. We’re available 24/7 at (401) 777-7777, and our consultations are always free. In fact, you won’t pay us until we get compensation for you. That’s our No Fee Guarantee®. Contact us today to get started.
The pelvis is a bony structure situated in between the abdomen and the thighs. Pelvic and abdominal injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents, and because of their proximity, they often occur together. Victims who suffer pelvic and abdominal injuries often require extensive medical treatment, which may include surgery, physical therapy, and other forms of rehabilitation.
At the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we understand how painful and serious these injuries can be. If an accident left you with pelvic or abdominal injuries, unable to work, and facing the financial stress of expensive medical bills, our Rhode Island and Massachusetts auto accident lawyers want to help. It’s our goal to help you get maximum compensation, and our consultations are free, so don’t wait. Call us today at (401) 777-7777.
Common Accident-Related Pelvic Injuries
Pelvic injuries usually involve fractures in at least two places. These can range in severity depending on their location, but any symptom of a pelvic injury should be considered serious.
Common accident-related pelvic injuries include:
- Pelvic fracture
- Broken pelvis
- Compressive pelvic injury
- Pelvic contusions (bruising)
- Back pain caused by pelvic injury
- Hip fractures
- Injury to the area(s) around the pelvis
After an accident, it’s important to get medical attention as soon as possible, no matter how serious you think your injuries are.
Common Accident-Related Abdominal Injuries
Unlike the upper chest, the abdomen doesn’t have the extra protection of the rib cage. As home to some of the body’s organs, muscles, and arteries, the abdomen is fragile against the force of impact.
Common abdominal injuries related to motor vehicle accidents include:
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Bowel obstruction
- Intestinal injury
- Stomach injury
- Gallbladder injury
- Colon injury
- Pancreas injury
- Liver injury
- Kidney injury
- Bladder damage
- Muscle/ tissue damage
- Blunt abdominal trauma
- Abdominal abscesses
- Blood clots
- Cuts, scrapes, or burns on abdominal skin
- Abdominal swelling
- Abdominal compartment syndrome
Like pelvic injuries, abdominal injuries aren’t always immediately apparent. You should always seek medical attention right away after any hard blow to the abdomen, even if there was no penetration.
Rhode Island and Massachusetts Auto Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love suffered pelvic or abdominal injuries because of a motor vehicle accident, the auto accident lawyers at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC want to help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for clients throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and we’re ready to put our experience to work for you. Contact us today.
Scrapes and Cuts
High-speed auto accidents can cause physical damage and lead to life-threatening injuries, but not all motor vehicle accidents are quite so catastrophic. In fact, many accident victims walk away with moderately manageable injuries. But even these minor injuries are still significant, and they may require doctor’s visits, medication, and time away from work.
In some cases, even scrapes and cuts from a motor vehicle accident can be sufficient to warrant compensation. An insurance company isn’t likely to sympathize with these “minor” injuries, but the auto accident attorneys at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC want to help. Contact us today to get started.
Types of Accident-related Scrapes and Cuts
Common cuts, lacerations and abrasions sustained in auto accidents include:
- Skin lacerations — A sharp object pierces the skin and cuts through the epidermis. While pain and bleeding are normal, infection may also follow.
- Split lacerations — Two external objects collide and pinch the skin between them.
- Abrasion — Skin makes moving contact with a hard or rough surface, rubbing away the upper layers of skin. Severe abrasions can expose the deepest layers of skin and lead to scar tissue damage.
- Avulsion — A serious abrasion in which skin is torn away from the underlying tissue or bone.
- Grinding compression — An object hits the skin at an angle, peeling back the uppermost layers. This can lead to further injury and/or infection in the deeper skin layers, muscle tissue, and bones.
- Burns — Caused by heat, flames, chemicals, or abrasions.
Are My Scrapes and Cuts Serious Enough for a Lawsuit?
Minor scrapes and cuts are common and don’t always require legal action. If you experienced one or more of the following, you should contact an experienced auto accident attorney immediately:
- Your injuries required a doctor’s visit.
- You spent time in the hospital.
- Your injuries required prescription medication.
- Your wound required dressing, stitches, or treatment for infection.
- You missed more than one day of work due to your injuries.
- Your doctor believes you may experience prolonged, ongoing, or recurrent pain or complications as a result of your injury.
- You have other medical conditions that were exacerbated by the injury.
- You have suffered other physical injuries or significant psychological distress in addition to your scrapes and cuts.
Not every case justifies a lawsuit. But if you believe yours might, you should see a doctor and consult with a Rhode Island and Massachusetts auto accident attorney before making any decisions that might impact your legal rights.
If your injuries only required over-the-counter pain relievers or ointments, you may not have sufficient damages for a lawsuit.
Compensation for Accident-Related Injuries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
After an accident, you should see your doctor and contact a Rhode Island and Massachusetts auto accident attorney at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC. Even minor injuries may entitle you to compensation, but time limits do apply. Don’t wait to get started. Call us 24/7 at (401) 777-7777, and let us get to work for you.
Soft Tissue Injury
Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tendons, and they often result from motor vehicle accidents. Victims with soft tissue injuries are often left unable to work, and many find themselves with hefty medical bills.
If you suffered a soft tissue injury from a motor vehicle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. At the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we’ve helped injured clients throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island recover compensation for their injuries. Let us put our experience to work for you. Our legal team is available 24/7 to review your case for free, so don’t wait to contact us. Just dial (401) 777-7777.
Accident-Related Soft Tissue Injuries
The following are some of the most common types of soft tissue injuries seen in motor vehicle accidents, and they may entitle you to compensation:
- Muscle Contusion
Muscle contusions (bruises) are caused by blunt force trauma to the body. The impact crushes muscle fibers and connective tissue and tears the blood vessels underneath the skin. Swelling, pain, limited range of motion, and muscle weakness or stiffness often occur as a result.
- Nerve Damage
Your nerves control your body’s motor functions and provide your sense of touch. Damaged nerves can result in severe pain, loss of sensation, and loss of mobility. The effects of nerve damage can be focused in the area of injury. In the case of spinal cord injuries, however, a victim may suffer partial or total paralysis.
- Sprains, Strains, and Tears
A sprain is caused by the overstretching of ligaments, while strains are the result of overstretching muscles and tendons. Accident victims often suffer sprains and strains when their bodies are violently thrust, twisted, or shaken by the force of the collision. Tears can occur when muscles, ligaments, or tendons are stretched too far. These can be extremely painful and often require surgery. Tears are common in the back, arms and legs, hands and feet, neck, and shoulders.
Whiplash is caused by damage to the nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues in the neck. While there are some misconceptions about whiplash, it is often still a serious injury that can have lasting effects.