If there’s one detail most of us know about car crashes, it’s that a person’s life as they knew it could change in an instant. While many individuals walk away from crashes unscathed, others suffer debilitating injuries or die.
One injury that individuals suffer in car accidents that can be particularly catastrophic is blunt force trauma. It may be impossible for someone who suffers this type of injury to return to life as they once knew it after it occurs.
How is a blunt force injury different from other types?
Blunt force injuries can result from various incidents, including falls, assaults, contact sports and car crashes. In the case of the latter, this type of injury is most apt to result from an accident in which a motorist was traveling at a high rate of speed.
A motorist can suffer single-source or multiple-source impact injuries when the force of a crash propels their body forward. A driver’s body may collide with the dashboard, windshield or steering wheel due to the impact of a crash. A seat belt may cause internal organ damage as it tightens around the body of the person it’s holding in place. Secondary contact may occur as a motorist crashes into additional objects, cars or people.
Injuries consistent with blunt force trauma incidents
Blunt force trauma injuries often result in:
- Bone fractures
- Contusions, abrasions and lacerations
- Crush injuries that may necessitate amputation
- Head injuries and associated brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis
- Internal organ damage.
The severity of an accident victim’s injuries isn’t always apparent. That’s why patients must receive medical attention to assess them for injuries that aren’t yet apparent as well.
Blunt force injuries can be costly to treat, given their severity. Patients who are fortunate enough to survive such injuries may require consistent follow-up care throughout their lives, something that increases a patient’s financial burden. You may be able to recover compensation to cover these expenses in your case.