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The Real Cost of Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions

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IL accident lawyerRear-end collisions can be much worse than a typical fender-bender. Very hard impacts can occur when the driver behind was traveling at a high speed and failed to stop in time. Drunk or distracted drivers may not even manage to brake before impact. Injuries caused by rear-end collisions can be much more serious than a bit of minor whiplash. Many people who have been rear-ended suffer lasting injuries that can take them away from their jobs or keep them from performing the normal activities of daily living alone. If you were injured in a rear-end collision, you may be able to recover compensation for much more than just your ER bill. An attorney can help you calculate what your claim may be worth.

How Common Rear-End Collision Injuries Can Impact Your Life

Rear-end injuries can run the gamut from a sore neck that improves without treatment to a serious brain injury that requires surgery and extensive care in a hospital setting. Some common injuries sustained in rear-end crashes and the impact they can have include:

  • Wrist, hand, and arm injuries - These injuries tend to occur when occupants of the car in front anticipate the impact and instinctively brace themselves against the dashboard or the seat in front of them. No matter what line of work you are in, an injury that stops you from using one of your arms or hands is going to have an impact. Typing, scanning items at a cash register, or any type of manual labor is going to be very difficult if not impossible when you can only use one arm. You may need time off work - you may be able to recover lost wages as part of your compensation.
  • Whiplash - Whiplash is a broad term that can cover a number of different injuries to the head and neck when an impact knocks a person’s head forward and then backward rapidly and with force. Contusions - bruising of the brain - may occur in harder impacts, as the brain bounces inside the skull. This can cause permanent damage. Neck injuries from whiplash can cause long-lasting or permanent pain, often due to nerve damage. You may be able to recover compensation for loss of enjoyment in life.
  • Back injuries - Anyone living with chronic back pain will tell you that it is the absolute worst. Back injuries can occur due to the force of the impact causing your spine to bend in an unnatural way. Slipped or herniated discs may require surgery and can leave you in pain for a very long time. Many people have to leave their jobs because the pain or risk of further injury is not tolerable. You may be able to recover lost future earnings or compensation for your pain and suffering.

After a rear-end injury, it is important to keep in mind that injuries may not show themselves immediately. While you should seek immediate medical care after the collision, you should also return to the doctor or go to the ER if you notice new or worsening symptoms.

Contact a Lake County Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. may be able to recover compensation on your behalf. Our skilled Waukegan car accident lawyers will thoroughly assess your claim so that we can demand all the compensation you deserve. Call 847-662-3303 for a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://stridewell.com/managing-pain/common-injuries-from-being-rear-ended/

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