Car accidents kill an average of 90 people a day in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. Accidents involving cars, motorcycles, pedestrians and trucks cost $380 million in medical expenses in 2013, the CDC reports. That’s a significant figure and translates to high-dollar medical costs and other economic losses for individuals injured in a Maryland car accident.
Car Accidents and Catastrophic Injuries
Many traffic accidents are minor, and victims recover quickly but not all victims are that lucky, and they suffer catastrophic injuries. We’ll discuss some the common car accident injuries that result from traffic accidents below:
The Mayo Clinic says that there are 200,000 neck injuries in the U.S. each year. Neck injuries resulting from car accidents can be minor or debilitating depending on the force of the crash, the location of impact and whether a victim was restrained at the time of a crash. Whiplash is a common neck injury for victims of road collisions.
Another injury typical for the car crash victim are back injuries. A herniated disk or a transverse process fracture, dislocation fractures or axial burst can leave an accident victim unable to walk or work for long periods. Back injuries are hard to recover from, leaving a victim unable to engage in the activities they enjoyed before their auto crash.
One of the leading causes of spinal injuries in the U.S. is traffic accidents the Centers for Disease Control reports. Victims of spinal injuries can become tetraplegic-unable to control arms or legs- or paraplegic- unable to move legs- and will face exorbitant medical costs. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the closer to the brain a spinal injury occurs the greater chance a victim has or suffering permanent damage.
Resources for spinal injury victims:
The United Spinal Association has an extensive list of resources for Maryland spinal injury victims on their website.
Below are hospitals in Maryland that specialize in spinal injuries:
Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Inc. (ARHM)
9909 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
What is a catastrophic injury?
HG law defines a catastrophic injury as one that “permanently prevents an individual from performing gainful work.” A catastrophic injury can entail extensive rehabilitation and can cause the sufferer to experience a diminished quality of life. Such injuries can also lead to high-dollar medical costs that last for the duration of the victim’s life.
If you are disabled because of an auto accident, you need to learn your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You will also find other information about your disability and find resources near your Maryland location to help you with your life transition.
You can get the certainty and support you need by retaining a car accident lawyer in Maryland to work on your personal injury claim. If you are concerned about your medical bills and your future, we recommend you set up a consultation with one of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys fighting for you and your family.