When you think of car accident injuries, your first thoughts may include broken bones, cuts and bruises, whiplash, spinal cord injury, and other traumatic injuries. While the actual impact of a collision can cause many types of injuries to your body, car accidents also have the potential to cause ancillary medical events that may be just as serious or even more so than the traumatic injuries from the impact. The following are only some examples of car accident-induced medical events.
Heart Attack – Many parts of the body can be affected by stress and car accidents can certainly be stressful events. The heart is particularly vulnerable under stress, especially if a person already had risks of heart attacks. Even without those risks, stressful events such as a crash can cause the muscles in the heart to weaken and can result in abnormal contractions. Some accident victims suffer a full-blown heart attack, the effects of which may be more serious than any other injuries they suffered in the accident. Heart attack victims require immediate medical attention and stabilization and often require surgery and ongoing treatment to prevent the chances of another attack.
Coma – Coma is a state of unconsciousness that can last for hours, days, months, or even years. The most common occurrence of coma after a car accident is when a victim sustains a traumatic injury to the brain. In some cases, a victim of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will automatically fall into a coma and it will remain to be seen how long they will remain in that state. In other situations, a TBI victim may be conscious but may have risks of increasing intracranial pressure due to swelling. To minimize pressure, medical professionals may minimize brain activity by placing patients into a medically-induced coma.
Stroke – Another potentially life-threatening medical event that can result from a car accident is a stroke.1 Strokes can occur when a blood vessel bursts and there is a hemorrhage in the brain or when the blood supply is cut off due to a blocked blood vessel. Either of these events could occur and induce a stroke due to brain, neck, or spine trauma. A person does not have to be older or already at risk of stroke for a stroke to occur after a traumatic injury. Strokes can leave victims with long-lasting impairments involving their movement, sensation, speech, and more.
Psychological Conditions – Not all medical conditions that develop following an accident are physical in nature. Instead, victims may develop psychological conditions as a result of the trauma of the crash. Specifically, accident victims can develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD.2 While PTSD is prevalent in military members returning from active duty in war zones, the condition can develop after any type of traumatic event that brings the possibility of injury or actual injury. PTSD can have debilitating effects and can disrupt a victim’s sleep, their ability to work, or even their ability to leave the house.
If your car accident leads to additional medical conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, coma, or psychological disorders, the party who caused the crash should be held liable for all of your losses related to your ancillary medical issues, as well as treatment for your traumatic injuries.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney to Discuss Your Legal Rights
The types of damages that are available after a car accident include the losses that stem from all accident-related injuries, including medical events induced by the crash. While it can be challenging in some situations to prove causation of your medical event, the experienced car accident lawyers at the Dolman Law Group work to ensure that you receive compensation for all of your losses. We will work to obtain the highest possible award in your case so that you are not left with any medical bills or other losses for which you should not be responsible. Please call our office for a free consultation with our car accident lawyers today.
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