Unfortunately, Milwaukee road accidents often involve serious injuries that may require emergency treatment. The most common injuries sustained by Milwaukee victims of car accidents are:
1. Back and neck injuries
Back and neck injuries can range from mild to severe. If a car is rear-ended, the passengers’ heads may be violently jerked backwards in a “whiplash”. The resulting soft tissue injury doesn’t require surgery but can be very painful and interfere with daily activities like work and sleep. Other neck injuries can be more serious like cervical fractures or disc injuries. They can take many forms, like pinched nerves, herniated disks, neck sprains or sprained neck muscles. Immediate and specialized treatment may be required to lower the pain from hit nerves or from a pressured spinal cord, and to prevent long-term complications and disability.
2. Upper and lower limb injuries
Even with better car design and safety equipment like airbags, the instant compression of a collision is likely to fracture limbs, shoulders (rotator cuff injury), hips, knees and ankles. X-rays and MRI scanning allow a precise identification of the fracture that will either require surgery or heal with a cast, time and rehab sessions. Other injuries include lacerations, bruises, dislocation and ligament damage.
3. Face and head injuries
Airbags have sharply reduced the terrible face and head injuries associated with a frontal crash. But not all cars have airbags and flying objects or shattered windshields still cause a lot of damage. Scrapes and bruises are common but more severe injuries include skull, jaw or other bone fractures, mouth lacerations, mandible damage or dental injuries.
4. Brain injuries
Brain injuries are common in serious auto accidents, where the sudden instantaneous stop of the vehicle creates a tremendous pressure on the brain against the inner skull, even when the head is protected by an air bag. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI as they are commonly referred to) are categorized from mild to severe. Symptoms of TBI range from concussion induced dizziness, headaches or nausea, to the very serious consequences of a severe TBI like paralysis, convulsions, various types of impairment and even death.
5. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Survivors of a crash may experience a lot of trouble coping with the psychological aftermath of the accident. The shock, noise, pain, terrible images and helplessness can have a lasting effect and children, adult men and women may react differently. The following are common symptoms of PTSD: bad dreams, flash-backs, scary thoughts, sleeping trouble, feeling edgy or angry, refusal to see friends, fear of driving and traffic, and more.
Should you or someone you love have been injured in a car accident in Milwaukee, the most urgent and important thing to do is to seek the best medical care for the victims, and to make absolutely sure that all future care, treatment and rehabilitation needs will be covered, as well as all potential expenses to adjust to long-term disability or impairment.