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How can a Car Accident Affect My Health?


A car accident can cause significant damage, including physical and mental injuries. From bodily injuries to mental scarring, the fallout from a serious auto accident can leave a person with debilitating injuries. A serious crash can leave a survivor physically disfigured or disabled. Even when the wounds are invisible, the devastating incident can cause an accident victim to become traumatized in a way that can affect them for a very long time.

It is important to know how a car accident can affect a person’s health. Knowing this information can help a collision victim prevent further damage. Listed below are some of the types of injuries experienced by car accident victims.

Bodily Injuries

Physical injuries to the body include cuts, bruises, broken bones, and other easily detectable injuries. Soft tissue injuries, such as strains and sprains and tears to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons are common as well.

Car accident victims often experience whiplash, which is a soft tissue injury. Whiplash occurs when the neck is violently thrown forward and then whips back. It is important that victims go to the doctor after a car accident because whiplash may not be immediately apparent.

Back injuries that cause damage to spinal disks or the spinal cord also result from collisions. Some of the most devastating bodily injuries involve limb amputations and permanent paralysis.

The long-term nature of some of these injuries makes it necessary to calculate current and future medical bills. Pain and suffering damages should be taken into account as well.

Head Injuries

Head injuries include gashes, bruises, or even a cracked skull that requires medical treatment. Head injuries can cause more internal damage as well. Head trauma can cause brain injuries that are difficult to detect. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can range from a concussion to brain swelling and coma. A TBI increases the risks of reduced mental faculties. Head injuries, particularly TBIs, can cause long-term effects that must be addressed when assigning compensation.

Psychological Injuries

Being in a serious car accident can leave a survivor with debilitating emotional trauma. The experience may make them unable to return to normal life. They may fear driving, loud noises, or have recurring nightmares or other sleep difficulties. These mental injuries are more common than one might think.

A traumatic car accident can affect a person’s mental health in numerous ways. Some of the ways accident victims experience mental distress include:

  • Fear or anxiety
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Anger management issues
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Sleep problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Mood swings
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias

These issues can continue long after the physical wounds have healed. These long-term psychological injuries may be factored into the calculation for pain and suffering in a personal injury lawsuit. For help with compensation, a victim should retain a car accident lawyer.

Millsboro Car Accident Lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Secure Compensation for Injured Motor Vehicle Accident Victims

Being hurt in a car accident can cause physical and mental injuries. The Millsboro car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. can help you assemble evidence to prove that another party caused your collision and injuries. Contact us online or call us at 302-656-5445 for a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.