In a car crash, Missouri residents can injure almost any part of their body, and some will require immediate medical attention while others may be left off with some pain medications. The following are some of the more common injuries that arise.
Head, face and neck injuries
Starting with the head, it can collide with any number of things in the car, even loose objects. The result can be a concussion or a more severe condition called a traumatic brain injury. Note that this can occur with or without the loss of consciousness and that symptoms may appear only weeks after the crash.
The face can be damaged as well: The skin may be cut, the bones may break and teeth may be knocked out. Next, one may hurt the neck muscles and ligaments or even dislocate the vertebrae if this part of the body is snapped back and forth: a condition known as whiplash.
Collarbone, rib and internal injuries
Collarbone and rib injuries can happen because of the shoulder belt, and one may injure internal organs like the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys because of a badly positioned lap belt. But it should be kept in mind that, without a seatbelt to begin with, occupants may break their leg or suffer internal bleeding by hitting the steering wheel.
A lawyer to help you seek reimbursement
As part of your personal injury case, you may seek compensation for both physical injuries and, if applicable, any emotional trauma. It’s not unknown for crash victims to suffer PTSD after all. During a case evaluation, a lawyer may determine how much you could seek in a settlement, and if retained, he or she may negotiate on your behalf for that amount. If the insurance company refuses to pay out so much, you may consider litigation.