If you have recently been in a collision, there are a number of potential car accident injuries you may be dealing with. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), approximately 3 million people in the U.S. are injured in auto accidents every year. It is important to keep in mind, though, that the severity of the crash does not always reflect the severity of injuries sustained. After an accident, our bodies release hormones called endorphins, which act as natural painkillers. This is why symptoms can take days, sometimes weeks, to surface.
There are two main types of car accident injuries: impact and penetrating. Impact injuries are when a body part hits a part of the interior car, whereas penetrating refers to the cuts, scrapes, and bruises that might occur as a result of objects in the car.
How Auto Accidents Affect the Body
These types of injuries can take place virtually anywhere on or in the body, depending on the specifics of the collision. For example, was the driver wearing a seatbelt? Did the air bags go off? Where was the car hit from? How fast were they going? Which direction were the occupants facing? However, drawing from insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits, there seems to be a number of common places more likely than others to be injured in a car accident.
According to the NHTSA, a head on crash is most likely going to affect the head, neck, chest, or legs, whereas a side impact is more likely to affect the head, chest, pelvis, or abdomen.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Again, there are a wide range of injuries associated with auto accidents. Some of the most common include:
- Brain/Neck injuries such as concussions, whiplash, strains and disc injury.
- Back injuries such as sprains, fractures, disc injury, or lumber spine injury.
- Face injuries from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or airbag and can result in fractures, lacerations, scrapes, cuts, or bruises.
- Chest injuries such as breaking ribs or sternum, most commonly when the driver or passenger is not wearing a seatbelt.
The most common type of car accident injury is soft tissue, which happens when there is damage to the connective tissue, whether it be in your muscles, ligaments or tendons. This is what happens when people experience whiplash.
Insurance Claims for Car Accident Injuries
It is possible to file a personal injury lawsuit to claim damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of employment opportunities, loss of consortium, etc. People who have been injured in auto accidents can have their insurance companies cover the costs of medical expenses—including ambulance fees, physical and/or cognitive therapy, medical consultations, and even treatment accessories, such as crutches or casts.
However, in order for insurance companies in Florida to cover the medical costs of car accident injuries, you must be able to provide proof you sought medical treatment within 14 days of the accident. This is another reason why seeking medical attention immediately following a collision is absolutely necessary—even if you do not feel any immediate pain or damage.
Chiropractic Clinic for Car Accidents
Chiropractic care is one of the safest, most effective forms of treatments for auto accident injuries. Because the primary focus of chiropractic is on the spine and central nervous system, chiropractors know where to look and what to treat in a way that uses a whole-body approach. They do not just isolate and treat the symptoms of your pain—they find the source of the problem, gently, safely, and effectively treat it, and simultaneously minimize any risk of the damage spreading.
If you have car accident injuries in the Seminole, Clearwater or Largo area, and need to see a medical professional as quickly as possible, give Dr. Marc Rogers of Coastal Chiropractic Rehab & Wellness a call today. We will even help you fill out and file your insurance claims! Also, although encouraged, no appointment is necessary. We have a walk in clinic to provide the residents of the area with the immediate attention and care they need.
For more information, call us today at 727-581-277