Common Bodily Injuries Due to Maryland Traffic Accidents

As professional Maryland personal injury attorneys, the legal experts at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, know from experience that nobody who has been badly hurt in an auto accident wants to relive the experience, much less be involved in another potentially life-threatening car or truck crash. There is nothing enviable about being a victim of a negligence-related traffic wreck; most especially from the standpoint of bodily injury, but also in terms of the emotional, psychological and financial impact that such events can have on individuals and their families.

Certainly it can be said that, on the whole, many people who travel in a late-model vehicle and wear their safety belt will be better off in a traffic collision than someone who is less protected or secure under similar circumstances. Even with all the safety-related features on modern passenger cars -- front- and side-impact airbags, vehicle stability control, anti-lock braking systems (ABS), and added structural protection to avoid roof-crush -- many thousands of people are killed every year in this country and multiples of that number injured severely.

As Baltimore-based auto accident lawyers, we have seen how victims must deal with their injuries; from relatively minor bumps, bruises and abrasions to much more serious head, neck and internal injuries.

Our legal team at Lebowitz & Mzhen has counseled numerous individuals who have been seriously hurt in passenger car, motorcycle and commercial trucking crashes. The types of collisions may vary, but the scope and seriousness of the victims’ injuries always take precedence when it comes to assessing the amount of pain, discomfort and suffering experienced by these individuals.

The following is a brief listing of some of the more common bodily injuries that can happen to those people involved in a serious traffic accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that more than three million people are hurt in automobile crashes every year in the United States. Maryland gets its share as well; and while no two traffic wrecks are exactly alike, the injuries though similar can range in severity and recovery time.

Injuries affecting Connective Tissue

Every person has a plethora of connective tissue throughout his or her body. This category of tissue supports and connects, or in some cases separates, various other kinds of tissues and internal organs found throughout our bodies. There are three main components of connective tissue, including cells, fibers and extracellular matrices; each is immersed in the body’s fluids. When it comes to traffic accidents, the forces involved in a collision can sometimes place stress on some of these connective tissues, causing them to be damaged in some way.

Injuries to connective tissues are the most common kind of injury found in car accident victims. Affecting some very critical portions of the body, such as the neck and back, these types of injuries can, at times, be very serious. Even in what seems like a mild car or truck collision, neck and back stiffness can often be attributed to damage to certain connective tissues; However, regardless of the perceived problem, it is always advisable to seek immediate medical attention when symptoms of connective-tissue injury crop up. They could also be the sign of other, more serious injuries elsewhere in the body.

Traumatic Head Injury

Often directly related to brain trauma, traumatic head injuries do not always lead to a brain-related medical condition. However, any victim of an automobile or commercial trucking wreck should go to the hospital immediately when any kind of head injury is suspected. This is because many types of head injuries may include trauma to the brain as well. Conditions arising from a traumatic head injury can become life threatening. For this reason alone, even those individuals with apparently slight injuries to the head should be examined closely and monitored for a period of time.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 17 percent of head injuries occur as a result of an automobile accident. Individuals most affected by injuries to the head include children under the age of 15 and adults 65 and older. In addition to the neurological effects of a head-related injury, hemorrhaging, vascular injury and subdural hygroma, among others are all possible. Because many kinds of traumatic head injury can result in neurological problems later in life, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer if the injury was received due to the negligence of another individual.

Back Injury

Depending on the type and severity of the particular car crash, an accident victim may experience some kind of back-related injury. These kinds of injuries, which are rather dependent on various factors, can often result in serious conditions and life-altering complications down the road. A sub-set of this category of bodily injury is spinal cord damage. Of all the kinds of injuries that victims can receive in a traffic wreck, a spine-related injury is one of the most serious.

Spinal cord injuries are differentiated from other problems of the spine -- that is, those caused by disease as opposed to trauma to the spine and vertebra. Depending on the location of the injury to the spinal cord, as well as the related nerve damage, symptoms can vary between mild to severe pain all the way to complete paralysis. Treatment of spinal cord can often require substantial physical therapy and rehabilitation, which can be especially costly depending on the type and duration of the care.

Injury to Internal Organs

Many victims of car, truck and motorcycle collisions suffer from internal organ injuries, which can be quite common due to blunt force trauma. Very often, a victim will experience broken ribs that then cause a punctured lung or other organ. Other organs that can be affected by a serious car crash can include the victim’s spleen, liver, bowels, kidneys, lungs or heart.

Internal injuries are, many times, life threatening and should be treated as soon as possible by a medical professional. Unfortunately, quite often these kinds of injuries are initially overlooked, yet the highly dangerous nature of an internal organ injury cannot be understated. It is therefore extremely important to seek immediate medical attention whenever this type of bodily injury is suspected.

Facial Injuries

Car accidents can result in any number of injuries to a victim’s body, however the face is one of the most common sites of serious injury. Contact with the vehicle’s steering wheel, the dashboard or windshield side pillars, even an airbag or car seat can result in severe cuts, abrasions, burns and other trauma. Ranging in severity from minor scrapes and bruises to serious fractures, deep lacerations and dental injuries, trauma to the face will require not only emergency medical care, but also may result in disfigurement requiring plastic surgery and other reconstructive medical efforts.

Psychological Injuries

Finally, it must be said that a percentage of car, truck and motorcycle accidents -- mainly those involving very serious injury or loss of life -- can cause some severe psychological issues for many victims and their families. Motorists and passengers who survive a traumatic event such as a traffic accident involving fire, great bodily harm or death, can suffer from short- or long-term psychological issues. These may include continuing or persistent anxiety, emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. While not of a physical nature, these psychological injuries can nonetheless pose a significant and very detrimental effect on a victim and his or her family.

Considering the various ways in which a car or trucking accident victim can be negatively affected by such events, there is no reason to expect that person to bear the burden of medical and psychological care required following a negligence-related traffic wreck. The attorneys at the law offices of Lebowitz & Mzhen have the skills and training to help victims recover damages associated with serious auto injury accidents caused by another negligent motorist.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a passenger car or commercial trucking collision, we are ready and willing to work with you to prepare a strong legal case against the responsible person or persons who caused the accident. Our legal staff is ready to fight for your right to maximum compensation under the laws of Maryland. Our efforts to prepare a strong personal injury case can also lead to a possible out-of-court settlement, depending on the circumstances, which may eliminate the need for a drawn-out and sometimes emotionally-draining trial.

With years of litigation expertise in representing the interests of our clients, we work hard to help injured victims and their families return as quickly as possible to a normal life. Our auto accident lawyers are always happy to discuss your automobile or trucking-related personal injury accident. Give us a call at our toll-free number -- (800) 654-1949 -- or email Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation.