Over 3 million people visit the emergency room annually due to motor vehicle crashes, and many of these accidents take place in New York City. Although you don’t want to minimize any injuries you may suffer, their severity can often run from inconsequential to extremely serious.
Which injuries do emergency rooms commonly see?
If injuries occur in motor vehicle accidents, they are generally one of the following:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Cuts, scrapes and burns
Whiplash is generally the least severe common injury. It occurs when the head suddenly jerks forward and back during impact, resulting in stiffness and headaches. Head issues can range from bruises to traumatic brain injuries that severely affect multiple functions and the quality of life. Broken arms and legs can be painful and slow to heal. Additionally, many victims suffer herniated discs or fractured spines, with the latter sometimes causing partial or complete paralysis. Internal injuries can be life-threatening and may also cause long-term problems, especially if left untreated. Flying objects, broken glass, steam, inflated airbags, and even burning gasoline can cause multiple injuries to the skin. Sometimes victims suffer a combination of the most common injuries, leading to long recovery times.
Insurance may not cover all costs associated with accident injuries
While insurance may cover some of the property and medical costs associated with car accident injuries, the money you are initially offered is often not sufficient. Sometimes car insurance companies are slow to pay claims as well, putting you in a financial bind if you cannot work, temporarily or permanently, because of your injuries.
If you have sustained severe injuries, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the parties who caused the mishap. You can use compensation received to help pay for living expenses, medical bills, and lost wages.