6/6/2011Traumatic brain injuries make the news, and whiplash is a common neck ailment following Maryland auto accidents.
However, car accidents, particularly front-end crashes, can result in serious damage to the lower part of the body as well.
A front-end accident, or frontal impact, occurs when the front of one vehicle collides with any part of another vehicle or a stationary object. Head-on collisions are the most commonly recognized type of frontal impact, and the most deadly.
Any front-end crash can cause serious injury to your lower body including:
Feet and Knee Injuries
Since the front of your car was hit, it makes sense that your feet would be the first to feel the impact. Something that would seem minor, like a fractured baby toe, can cause immense pain and keep you off your feet for weeks.
Knees hitting the steering wheel or dashboard can leave you with a torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), which often requires surgery and months of therapy.
More serious front-end crashes can cause the car to crush your legs, in some cases leaving the doctor with no choice but to amputate a portion of the affected limb.
Hip and Leg Injuries
Hip and thigh injuries are common in frontal impact crashes because the force of the crash can be directed toward your lower body.
A broken hip may require surgery and even a hip replacement. Hip surgery is a painful process that takes a minimum of a year to recover from and often necessitates a second surgery on the other hip.
Back or spinal cord injuries
As the force of the crash travels up your body, it can often cause injury to your back or spinal cord. Just one herniated disk can put you in constant pain, and damage to your spinal cord can become permanent.
These injuries are notoriously expensive because they often require invasive surgery and months of recovery.
If you've sustained any of these injuries in a serious Maryland car crash, you may want to talk to an experienced Rockville attorney to make sure you get adequate compensation.
Category: Auto Accidents
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