Top Car Accident Injuries
Our Pennsylvania auto accident lawyers represent victims who sustained head injuries, back injuries and more
Have you been injured in an auto accident in Western and Central Pennsylvania? Don’t wait to take legal action. Contact us immediately. An experienced lawyer at Marcus & Mack can help you deal with all the red tape so you can focus on what really matters – your recovery.
When you have an aggressive auto accident attorney on your side, you can tell insurance companies you mean business. We will vigorously fight for your rights because we know you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
What are common auto accident injuries?
Injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents can range from minor injuries to serious, life-altering injuries. Whether it’s a slipped disc or a traumatic brain injury, a car accident injury can instantly change your life and the lives of loved ones. Click on any of the following to learn more:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Neck, Back and Shoulder Injury
- Knee Injury
- Fractures/Broken Bones
However you’ve been injured, we want to help you resolve your accident claim and will work with you every step of the way. If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to trial. We also have years of experience handling wrongful death claims related to fatal car accidents and we represent people who have suffered car passenger injuries. We will not rest until justice is served.
Head injuries in car accidents can be extremely serious and instantly change a person’s life forever. Head injuries – also known as traumatic brain injuries – can affect a person’s memory, ability to think, dexterity, speed and other factors. The cost of a brain injury over a lifetime ranges from $500,000 to over $10 million. Our highly skilled attorneys typically work with experts to help victims and families understand the full costs, which might include loss of future income in addition to medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. Types of head injuries include:
- Concussion – Traumatic injury to the brain caused by sudden movement or impact to head. There are two types of concussions. These are:
- Closed concussion – Direct blow to head that does not pierce the skull
- Open concussion – Direct blow to head that pierces skull
- Contusion – Direct impact to the head resulting in a bruise or bleeding in the brain.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are also sometimes rated according to the severity of the TBI (from 3 to 15). The Glasgow Coma Scale is a common method for measuring the severity of a TBI. Types of TBIs include:
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Glasgow Coma Scale score 13 to 15) – Often called a concussion, this mild TBI sometimes includes slight loss of consciousness, mental confusion and dizziness that last a seconds or minutes.
- Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (Glasgow Coma Scale score 9-12) – Moderate TBI symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness for several minutes to several hours
- Ability to speak or move normally often affected for several months
- Mental confusion that lasts a few minutes or hours
- Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (Glasgow Coma Scale score 3-8) – Often a life-threatening type of brain injury, severe TBI symptoms include:
- Permanent brain damage
- Ability to speak or move normally severely affected permanently
Injuries to spine sustained in car accidents can be severe and life-altering. Depending on the location and the severity of the injury, injury victims can permanently lose the ability to use their arms or legs.
If the spinal cord injury occurs above the waist and below the arms, the injury victim could lose the ability to use his legs. If the injury occurs near the top of the neck near the head, injury victims might be unable to permanently use their arms and legs.
Such injuries can have dramatic implications on a person’s life and the lives of loved ones. Spinal cord injury victims might be unable to work or need to have their home completely modified to accommodate their disability. The estimated lifetime cost of a spinal cord injury ranges from about $700,000 to more than $5 million for younger victims. Our Pennsylvania spinal cord injury attorneys help victims fight to recover compensation for a variety of expenses, including loss of future income as well as expenses related to rehabilitation and modifications to a home, among other costs.
Insurance companies may downplay the serious nature of injuries to the neck, back and shoulders. “Whiplash” has a negative connotation among insurance company adjusters who may argue the victim is not really injured. If you suffer any kind of neck, back or shoulder injury in a car accident, seek medical attention immediately and do not delay in starting the claim process. Experience shows us that so-called “minor” neck injuries like whiplash can result in serious physical problems and long-term pain and suffering.
Whiplash might be the most common type of neck injury caused by car accidents. But there are many other kinds of neck, back and shoulder injuries:
- Broken bones – A fracture or broken bone may require months of rehabilitation or longer. The injury could affect a child’s growth. If the bone does not heal properly, further medical treatment such as surgery or the implementation of metal plates may be necessary.
- Dislocated shoulder – Also sometimes known as a separated shoulder
- Neck sprain – Similar whiplash, neck sprains often occur due to sudden, violent movement back and forth or side to side of the head and neck
- Neck and back damage: Herniated disc, compression fracture, ruptured disc, hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body), hemiplegia (total paralysis of arm, leg or trunk on the same side of the body)
Injuries to the knees are common in auto accidents. When vehicles collide and compress on impact, knee injuries often result due to car parts smashing into a driver’s or passenger’s knees. Some of the most common knee injuries caused by car accidents include:
- Torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)
- Torn PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament)
- Knee sprain
- Dislocated knee
- Broken knee cap
A knee injury may require surgery as well as long-term physical therapy. In some cases, a victim may need a knee replacement. This type of injury is difficult to live with and may lead to significant medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A fracture is a break in a bone. In Pennsylvania car accidents, victims often suffer fractures to the bones in their spinal column, arms and legs. If you suspect a fractured bone in a car accident, seek immediate medical attention.
Any bone could be fractured in an accident, from the skull to the toes. The cost of fractures can add up to thousands of dollars. You may be unable to work for months or longer. The injury may hinder a child’s growth or may require the implantation of metal plates.
Fractures may involve any of the following circumstances:
- Bone breaking in two, known as a complete fracture
- Bone partially breaks, known as an incomplete fracture
- Bone tears through the skin, known as a compound or open fracture
- Hairline crack, known as a simple fracture
- Comminuted fracture, in which a bone is broken, splintered or crushed into a number of pieces.