What are the most common injuries suffered in an auto accident?

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When it comes to what parts of the body are affected in a car accident, the answer is simple: Pretty much EVERY body part can be injured.

Depending on the circumstances of the crash, the whiplash-type of motion, or the way a body moves around a vehicle during impact can cause an assortment of injuries, according to Michael T. Gibson, P.A.

Here are the most common injuries, according Gibson’s Orlando-based law firm.

  • Brain injuries. These are traumatic injuries that occur when you experience a sudden jolt or blow to the head. They can cause bleeding, bruising and damage to the brain. They also can affect the brain’s neurons and axons, which are essential to brain function.
  • Spinal cord injuries. These life-changing injuries can result in paralysis, and the loss of sensation and function below the site of the injury. The higher up on the spine the injury occurs, the more widespread the damage will be.
  • Internal injuries. Damage to organs, lungs, the liver, kidneys or the spleen is common, as is internal bleeding.
  • Broken bones. This can limit an injured person’s ability to move and function in the short term, but also cause permanent damage in the long term if they bones don’t heal properly.
  • Cuts and bruises. While not as severe, these also physically and emotionally damaging.

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