Areas of the Body Most Prone to Injury After an Accident

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Car accidents and accidents of other kinds can often greatly impact the lives of those involved. Aside from property damage, individuals involved in accidents often suffer from serious physical injuries. Since some of these injuries are internal, they may go unnoticed for days or even weeks after an accident. But unfortunately, since these injuries can be very serious – even life-threatening – it is imperative that you understand which areas of the body are most prone to injury after an accident. This way, you can be aware of what to look for. Here are the top 5 areas.

Broken Bones

When someone is involved in an accident – especially a car accident – it is not uncommon to suffer from fractures or broken bones. This may be anything from a broken arm to a fractured clavicle. While some breaks aren’t too bad and will heal rather quickly with the proper treatment, others are much more serious and require surgical intervention. 

Head and Brain Injuries

After an accident, head injuries are among some of the most common – and the most serious – injuries one can suffer. Serious injuries, often referred to as traumatic brain injuries (“TBI’s”), often occur when someone is involved in a serious accident in which the impact of the collision causes their brain to hit the skull or an object to penetrate the skull and/or brain. A minor TBI may be a small concussion, but bleeding in the brain can be life-threatening and should therefore be examined. 

Back Injuries

When someone is involved in a rear-end collision, it often results in back injuries to the individual who was hit from behind. This commonly impacts the lower back. Head-on collisions can also result in back injuries if the individual is jerked forward and back upon impact. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

Another extremely serious injury that can occur from an accident is a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord can become damaged when an individual’s body is forced into an improper position. It’s very important to look for tingling or numbness as these could be indicative of a spinal cord injury. Immediate treatment is essential since spinal cord injuries can sometimes lead to permanent paralysis. 

Chest Injuries

The final area of the body most prone to injury after an accident is the chest. Chest injuries are often the result of wearing a seat belt during a car accident. Since seat belts lock to prevent an individual from being propelled forward through the vehicle, the person may instead incur bruising or a broken bone in the chest area from the force and the resistance.  

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Injured in an Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it can greatly impact your life. It can be difficult enough dealing with your injuries, but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. 

At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of accidents and understand the affects that such accidents often have on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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