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Typical Auto Accident Injuries in RI

Typical Car Accident Injuries in Rhode IslandWhat types of injuries do you most commonly see resulting from Car Accidents in Rhode Island?

 

I have listed some of the more common types of injuries from automobile accidents below.  There are hundreds of different types of injuries caused by motor vehicle collisions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts (MA). The nature of your injury, amount of medical bills as well as pain and suffering will play a significant role in determining what a fair RI Automobile accident settlement will be. Please contact East Providence Personal Injury Attorney David Slepkow  (401-437-1100) if you were injured in an auto accident, car crash, slip and fall, Truck accident, motorcycle accident or other accident caused by negligence.

 

Herniated Disks–  “The bones (vertebrae) that form the   spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc… You can have a herniated disc in any part of your spine. But most herniated discs affect the lower back (lumbar spine). Some happen in the neck (cervical spine) and, more rarely, in the upper back (thoracic spine). This topic focuses mainly on the lower back.”  Web MD http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/tc/herniated-disc-topic-overview

Bulging Disk- “Disks act as cushions between the vertebrae in your spine. They’re composed of an outer layer of tough cartilage that surrounds softer cartilage in the center. It may help to think of them as miniature jelly doughnuts, exactly the right size to fit between your vertebrae. A bulging disk extends outside the space it should normally occupy. The bulge typically affects a large portion of the disk, so it may look a little like a hamburger that’s too big for its bun. The part of the disk that’s bulging is typically the tough outer layer of cartilage. Usually bulging is considered part of the normal aging process of the disk and is common to see on MRIs of people in almost every age group.”  Source Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bulging-disk/AN00272

Whiplash Injury– “Whiplash-a soft tissue injury to the neck-is also called neck sprain or neck strain. It is characterized by a collection of   symptoms that occur following damage to the neck, usually because of sudden extension and flexion. The disorder commonly occurs   as the result of an automobile accident and may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles,   and nerve roots. Symptoms such as neck pain may be present directly after the injury or may be delayed for several days. In  addition to neck pain, other symptoms may include neck stiffness, injuries to the muscles and ligaments (myofascial injuries), headache, dizziness, abnormal sensations such as burning or prickling (paresthesias), or shoulder or back pain. In addition,  some people experience cognitive, somatic, or psychological conditions such as memory loss, concentration impairment, nervousness/irritability,      sleep disturbances, fatigue, or depression. Source:  http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/whiplash/whiplash.htm

Concussion: “A   concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.”   Source: WebMD http://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/traumatic-brain-injury-concussion-overview

Traumatic Brain Injury: ” Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Every year, at least 1.7 million TBIs occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.1″

“A TBI is caused by a  bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the  normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a  TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in  mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of  unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. The majority of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.” Source: CDC http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/ 

Psychological Injuries: “Despite improvements in road conditions, vehicle safety and driver education, over 3 million persons are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year. Many of these persons develop post-traumatic stress symptoms that can become chronic. Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder experience disabling memories and anxiety related to the traumatic event. Early identification of these patients is critical to allow for intervention and prevent greater impairment and restriction. The family physician is in an ideal position to identify, treat or refer patients with traumatic responses to traffic accidents. The physician’s awareness of patient characteristics and pre-accident functioning allows him or her to critically evaluate symptoms that may begin to interfere with the resumption of daily activities.” Source:  American Family Physician http://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0801/p524.html

Spinal Cord Injury: “The most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States are:  Motor vehicle accidents. Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for more than 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year….Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks of the spinal column or to the spinal cord itself. A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of your vertebrae. It also may result from a gunshot or knife wound that penetrates and cuts your spinal cord. Additional damage usually occurs over days or weeks because of bleeding, swelling, inflammation and fluid accumulation in and around your spinal cord.” Source: Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/spinal-cord-injury/DS00460/DSECTION=causes

Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

 

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