Car accidents can result in a wide array of injuries that can span the spectrum of severity. Brain and spinal cord injuries are amongst the most serious, but even injuries that are comparatively minor can cause significant pain and suffering to an auto accident victim in Colorado. These injuries can also leave victims with significant financial losses, including medical expenses and lost wages.
One such injury is whiplash. This type of injury occurs when the neck is subjected to a rapid back-and-forth movement, which is common in auto accidents. Whiplash can leave a victim with neck pain, headaches and stiffness in the neck. Others suffer from a decreased range of motion in the neck, fatigue, dizziness, and numbness and tingling in the arms. More severe cases of whiplash can leave a victim with memory loss, mental health issues like depression, difficulty sleeping and blurred vision.
While in many instances whiplash will heal over the course of a few weeks, it sometimes can be more severe, thereby requiring more extensive medical treatment. X-rays, CT scans and MRIs may help determine the full extent of whiplash damages, and the results of these tests may dictate whether prescription medications, pain-numbing injections or physical therapy are necessary.
The injuries suffered in a car accident can turn an individual's life upside-down, even if only for a few months. The damages imposed, even during these short-term injuries, can be significant, leaving an auto accident victim with extensive pain and suffering, as well as financial losses. It unacceptable to face these losses when they are directly caused by the negligence of another. This is why those who have been hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver need to determine if taking legal action is in their best interests.