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Common Car Accident Injuries: Shock, Herniated Discs & Spinal Cord Injuries
Houston has the deadliest roads in the nation. We know that when you are involved in a car accident, whether as a passenger, driver, pedestrian or bicyclist, the injuries you sustain can be devastating. The first reaction to an accident is usually shock. This syndrome is hard wired into your body to protect you in moments of urgent stress, such as being attacked by wild animals. Evolutionarily, our bodies still recall an era when we were at risk of death by hungry animals. The modern equivalent of that level of stress is a car accident. Huge physical forces are brought to bear on the human body when vehicles collide at high speeds. You may be surprised to learn that even low speed impacts can cause substantial injury in a human body, let alone those sustained on one of many of our high speed limit tollways.
What is Shock?
Shock is the reaction caused by the body pumping huge doses of adrenaline and other hormones into the blood stream. This “shock therapy” of self administered hormones makes us able to expend large amounts of energy in a short time, and allows us to temporarily mask the pain suffered from massive injuries. However, shock itself can also cause other side effects, like coma, or even death, simply from the shock itself. This often happens to victims of cold exposure or dehydration. So, getting medical help right away after an auto accident is really important, even if your body has no symptoms of pain that you can feel at the moment. It generally won’t be long before the body starts to unravel from the protective dose of adrenaline, and then the pain, stiffness, and bleeding or other damage really can set in.
Lasting Car Accident Injuries
Victims of a car accidents need to understand their injuries (such as whiplash, back injuries, neck pain, shoulder injuries, etc.) and medical treatment (chiropractic, injections, physical therapy, massage, etc.) needs. We will often consult with medical experts from all over the country. These physicians may review medical records; examine clients; assess any relevant pre-accident medical history; or act as expert witnesses during trial. A complete understanding of the medical situation helps a lawyer to maximize the client’s payout /settlement for medical bills, injuries, pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, etc.
Central Nervous System Injuries
The most frequent result of a car accident in terms of injuries to the body are back and spinal cord injuries. These can range from sore muscles, to displaced vertebrae, or spinal disc herniations or protrusions.
It is important to understand that the back is one of the most susceptible areas of the body to becoming injured in a car accident. Especially if you are riding a bike, or walking and are struck by a car or truck.
If you suffer from back and spinal cord injuries, you may be paralyzed. There are two general types of paralysis from a back injury:
- Quadriplegia is a condition consisting of the loss of muscle motor control and feeling to all four limbs of the human body. It is frequently caused by spinal cord injuries
- Paraplegia is a loss of upper or lower body muscle control.
Sometimes a spinal cord injury will result in radiating or shooting pain in the arms or legs, or weakness or tingling in extremities. You can also suffer a loss of muscle control of individual limbs or bladder and bowel functions.