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Motor Vehicle Accidents

In general, there are some common types of injuries we see in people who have been the victims of auto collisions, also known as motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) . More severe injuries occur if the person is not wearing his or her seatbelt or wearing it improperly.

Speeding and alcohol intoxication cause the majority of car accidents. Spinal cord injuries are the most common injury from an MVA.

  • Head and Brain Injuries— This can include concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, skull fractures, or lacerations that require plastic surgery.
  • Neck and Back Injuries— This could include whiplash, herniated discs, spinal cord damage, sprains, or strains.
  • Burn Injuries— Burns can run the spectrum from minor to fatal. Serious burns may require skin grafts and result in scarring.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries— When muscles, tendons, or ligaments are stretched or torn in an accident, the pain can be significant and lingering.
  • Spinal Injuries – When the spinal cord is damaged, and the severity of the injury, a loss of movement or sensation in the lower extremities may result.
  • Broken Bones— Broken bones can be extremely painful, may require surgery to fix, and can take a very long time to heal.
  • Hemorrhage in internal organs
  • Concussion

Complications of MVA

  • Paralysis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Mobility and Movement problems
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Death
  • Seizures



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