If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Glendale, Los Angeles or another community, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Check out this list of common truck accident injuries – and how they can impact your life over the long-term – to decide whether you should call a California truck accident lawyer to see if you can recover damages.
The 10 Most Common Truck Accident Injuries
These are the ten most common truck accident injuries – but you may not see your own injuries listed here. Even if your injuries aren’t listed, you could still benefit from talking to an attorney to find out whether you have a case.
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injuries
- Cuts and bruises
Here’s a closer look at each.
#1. Broken Bones
The force of a truck accident can cause broken bones, regardless of where the truck hit your vehicle. You may break small bones, such as those in your hands and feet, or you could suffer from breaks in your body’s largest bones, like the femur (your thigh bone). Either way, broken bones can require extensive medical treatment – and they can prevent you from working.
#2. Back and Neck Injuries
Back injuries are often hard to diagnose, and sometimes, they don’t show up for several weeks (or even months). Unfortunately, back injuries can completely immobilize you, preventing you from going to work and causing a loss of enjoyment in your life. Likewise, while neck injuries like whiplash are often easier for doctors to pinpoint than general back injuries are, they can be debilitating and excruciatingly painful.
#3. Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, whether it’s temporary or permanent, and it can be partial or complete. Because your spine is such an important part of your body – it carries messages from your brain to everything else – and because it’s so complex, it can be difficult for doctors to repair. In fact, spinal injuries can take months or years; in some cases, spinal cord injuries are irreparable.
#4. Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are among the most common truck accident injuries. That’s because when it’s your body versus the metals and plastics inside your car (and the metal on the outside of a semi-truck), the harder substance will always win. Damage to muscles, ligaments or tendons anywhere in the body all count as soft tissue injuries.
#5. Traumatic Brain Injury
Your brain has a protective sac of cerebral fluid around it. The cerebral fluid inside the sac acts as a cushion, preventing your brain from hitting the inside of your skull… in many cases. However, when you’re in a truck accident, injuries to your brain can be incredibly serious. That’s because a motor vehicle accident can cause your brain to hit the inside of your skull, damaging the areas that absorbed the most impact from the crash.
Related: TBI settlements in California
Burns can occur at any point during or immediately following a truck accident. Injuries can be mild or moderate, or they can be incredibly severe, resulting in third-degree burns over large parts of the body. Burn injuries are prone to subsequent infections, and they’re notoriously difficult to treat. Additionally, it can take months for a person to recover from burn injuries – and even after recovery, burns can leave permanent scars. If you were burned after a truck accident, an attorney can help you get the financial compensation you deserve.
Amputation can happen during a truck accident or it could be a necessity after you’re taken to the hospital, such as when you suffered a crushing injury during the collision. In many cases, amputation severely impacts a person’s ability to work. When that happens, the accident victim may be entitled to compensatory damages for lost wages (both now and in the future). Further, an amputation may require you to hire caretakers who can assist you with your daily needs.
Disfigurement, which means scarring or changing the appearance of something, can be incredibly traumatic – and it’s one of the most common truck accident injuries. Whether your scars are visible or hidden, you could be entitled to financial compensation for disfigurement.
#9. Internal Injuries
These types of injuries may not show up at the scene of the accident, which is why it’s incredibly important to seek medical attention even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously hurt. Internal injuries can be life-threatening, and often, they require emergency surgery to repair.
#10. Cuts and Bruises
Cuts and bruises can be very serious – and they can cause permanent injury. Sharp metal, broken glass and objects that fly around a car during a truck accident can all cause serious cuts and bruises. In many cases, these injuries lead to permanent disfigurement.
Were You the Victim of Truck Accident Injuries?
If you were injured in a truck accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Call us right away at 818-230-8380 or fill out the form below for your free consultation. We can visit you in the hospital, at home or in our office to discuss your case.