An infant in a baby seat normally suffers almost no injuries at the time of a car accident. The infant’s body is strapped in; no body part moves to any great extent. In contrast, the body parts of any driver or passenger are apt to get tossed about.
Possible head injuries
These get caused when a driver or passenger’s head hits a hard surface within the vehicle. The most common head injuries are concussions, whiplash and traumatic brain injury (TBI). These may not be apparent in the hours right after the accident. Still, an accident victim should be examined for evidence of an impact to the head. If a child has suffered a head injury, it might become necessary to schedule an appointment with a pediatric neurologist. That neurologist could check for symptoms that might have gone unnoticed.
Possible neck and back injuries
Twisting of the body can put a strain on the back’s muscles. It can also affect other tissues that are found in and around the backbone. The most common back-related disorders that could arise after an accident are muscle strains, herniated discs and spinal cord injuries.
The herniated discs highlight the harm done to the soft tissues in the back. Those damaged tissues could permit passage of calcified tissues into a region that normally contains only soft tissues. The presence of an unexpected tissue causes pain. Like head injuries, the neck and back problems do not always show up during the hours right after the accident. Still, a victim should not expect to be compensated for any injury, if he or she failed to see a doctor during the first 24 hours after the accident.
The bones and soft tissue in the knee after gets damaged at the time of the impact. The driver’s or passenger’s knee might fly up and hit the lower section of the dashboard. An arm could bet tossed about; it could hit a part of the vehicle’s interior. Depending on the force of the contact between the limb and some interior component, an arm or a leg might get broken.
Cuts on the face
These are possible, if someone in the front seat was not wearing a seat belt. Alternatively, a tree limb might fall through the car’s roof, with the branches scratching a driver’s or passenger’s face. Furthermore, there are other ways for the front window to get damaged.
For instance, someone might throw a hard object through the front window. Alternately, a wild animal might hit that same window. In either case, the glass could break and some glass particles might hit the driver’s or front-seat passenger’s face. Damage to the face usually counts as a permanent impairment. Consult with Injury Attorneys In Vacaville & Los Gatos to help get compensation for your injuries.