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Common Car Accident Injuries

by | Dec 7, 2020 | Car Accidents

Car accidents can be far more serious than what they seem at first. Many of the common car accident injuries that people suffer, and as we discuss in more detail below, may not fully show up until weeks after the collision. For this reason, you should immediately see a doctor after you have been involved in an auto collision. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can start your recovery from your car accident injuries.

You should also seek legal help as soon as possible. At Englander Peebles, our car accident lawyers have years of experience with helping people in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Boca Raton, and throughout Florida to get the care and medical treatment they need. We always fight for maximum compensation for them. To discuss how we can help you, contact us today for a free consultation.

Neck Injuries and Whiplash

Some people mistakenly believe that whiplash is a minor injury. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whiplash happens when the muscle tissue in the neck and upper back becomes inflamed and damaged. This soft-tissue injury can lead to extreme pain, tightness, and even temporary loss of mobility.

If your back and neck hurt, you may have a hard time carrying on your daily tasks, going to work, and enjoying your life. In severe cases, whiplash can put people out of work for months and require extensive medical care and physical therapy.

Back Injuries

Back injuries can occur in many forms. They range from sprain and strain injuries to disc injuries. A disc is a protective space between vertebrae and acts as a cushion. It is filled with a gel-like substance. When a disc is hyperextended or damaged, it can rupture. If this happens, a person may need injections or surgery, all of which can be expensive and have a lasting effect on a person’s life.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Beyond typical back injuries, a serious car accident could lead to spinal cord damage. When the spinal cord is damaged, it can result in permanent paralysis or death. Paraplegia and quadriplegia are extremely serious conditions that affect more than just the victim. Family members must change their lives as well to provide care for their loved ones.

Chest and Abdominal Injuries

Whether it is a cracked rib, broken sternum, or punctured lung, chest and abdominal injuries can greatly impact a person’s ability to heal and recover. When a person’s respiratory or gastrointestinal systems are impacted, it can lead to difficulty with breathing and make it hard for healthy tissue to get the oxygen-rich blood to repair damaged cells. Many people with serious chest injuries may find themselves dealing with pneumonia and other respiratory conditions.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. It can cause loss of consciousness, memory problems, and/or neurological problems. Severe TBI can result in an extended period of lost consciousness or coma. It may even leave a person in a persistent vegetative state.

Cuts and Bruises

People often associate car accidents with a lot of broken glass, but this is actually not the most common way people get scrapes and scratches in car accidents. It’s actually the internal structures of the vehicle that can cause injuries to the skin.

Whether a broken piece of the dashboard or a fractured center column, all the hard plastic, and other sharp materials can cause deep lacerations and significant contusions. Many car accident survivors require repeated surgeries to help them to recover, which can involve stitches and permanent scars.


A car fire caused by a spark igniting fuel can lead to the rapid development of flames inside the engine compartment. But there are other ways to be burned in a car accident. For instance, some people suffer burns in the deployment of airbags, while other people may get burns from overheated chemicals like radiator fluid seeping into the passenger compartment.

Broken Bones

The most common types of fractures that people suffer in auto accidents are broken sternums (breastbone), cracked ribs, broken wrists and ankles, and cervical fractures. Despite common misconceptions, a broken bone does not always heal stronger.

A broken bone can be a permanent and lasting injury that has a number of complications. For example, once a person has suffered a broken bone, the person may face a higher risk of nerve damage, internal bleeding from severed veins, and damage to underlying tissue. A victim may need surgery and extended rehabilitation.

How Our Lawyers Can Help You With Your Car Accident Injuries in Florida

Experience counts when you hire a personal injury law firm to represent you in a car accident claim. At Englander Peebles, our attorneys understand that no two injuries are the same. We don’t treat our clients like numbers. Instead, we will carefully focus on building your case detail by detail so that an insurance company or jury will fully understand and grasp the severity of your car accident injuries. When you work with us after a Florida car accident, we will:

  • Gather your medical records
  • Investigate the scene of the crash
  • Work with private investigators to obtain crucial evidence
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies
  • Deal with medical collections and subrogation liens
  • Handle government liens like Medicare and Medicaid
  • Prepare your case for trial (if one is necessary)
  • Make sure you understand your rights throughout the process

Everything that we do will be geared towards pursuing the maximum amount of compensation for you. We know how important that compensation will be as you and your loved ones move on from a crash.

Get Help from Our Experienced Florida Car Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one are dealing with serious car accident injuries, give Englander Peebles a call today. We never charge for initial consultations, and we only get a fee if we are able to help you to recover compensation. So, you truly have no risk or obligation. Florida law limits the time you have to file a car accident claim. Don’t wait to get legal help. Contact us today to learn more.