What Are The Most Common Injuries in Bay Area Car Accidents?

Car accidents cause many types of injuries, and some of those injuries can be hard to identify and diagnose shortly after an accident.  Some injuries can take several days or longer to become symptomatic.  In other words, you may not feel the discomfort of an injury for days or weeks after an accident.  This is why you need an experienced San Francisco car accident attorney to handle your accident injury claim.

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Emergency room doctors and medical staff perform vital emergent care and are highly trained to find and treat life-threatening illnesses and injuries.  However, many injuries sustained in an auto accident may go undiagnosed during an emergency room evaluation or at a visit to your family doctor.  With the right team of Bay Area car accident lawyers on your side, we can take care of your accident injury case, and ensure that your medical care is thorough.

The Most Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

The most common types of injuries The Barnes Firm sees in Bay Area car accident cases are injuries to the head, back and neck.

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Whiplash is the term used for soft tissue injuries to the neck that is caused by an auto accident.  Whiplash injuries can be very serious and debilitating injuries.  Many people who contact The Barnes Firm feel a lot of pain in their neck following an auto accident, but think they don’t have a case.  This simply isn’t true.  Our best Bay Area car accident attorneys have recovered significant compensation for accident victims suffering from whiplash and other soft tissue injuries.

Back Injuries

Back injuries can often be ‘sneaky’ because the symptoms are often delayed, and even felt in other areas of the body. For example, car accident victims should be mindful of pain radiating from their back down to their legs. Some people who’ve recently been in an accident may even feel numbness in their feet and toes. These are often symptoms of a more serious injury after a crash, such as a spinal injury. It’s critical to contact an experienced car accident lawyer in Oakland if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.

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Head Injuries

Head injuries affect the face, skull and the brain.  They’re also some of the most common injuries sustained in car crashes. They can also be some of the most serious injuries. Head trauma can result in brain damage, hearing loss, memory loss, brain bleeds, strokes, mental disabilities, speech problems, paralysis, and many other very severe and life-altering conditions. Our Bay Area law firm has recovered substantial settlements and jury verdicts for those who sustained head trauma during a car accident.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are the second most common type of auto accident injury.  When two or more vehicles collide, there is an enormous amount of force generated.  These impacts and forces can push car doors, sub-frame, dashboards, and other car parts into the occupants of the car, often resulting in serious injuries including bone fractures.  In rollover vehicle accidents, the occupants can be thrown around the vehicle with intense force that arms, legs and other body parts are fractured, crushed or even traumatically amputated.  The most common fractures are broken ankles and arms, and even surgeries may not fully repair these broken bones.  The most serious and debilitating of all bone fractures are spinal fractures.  The San Francisco car accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm have represented many accident victims who’ve suffered fractures and broken bones.

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Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can be extremely painful, and can require a lifetime of medical treatment. Our firm has successfully represented accident victims who’ve been severely burned during an auto accident. In some burn cases our Oakland car accident lawyers have handled, the burn injury victims were trapped and unable to escape their burning vehicles.  Burn injuries often require extensive (and costly) medical treatments including rehabilitation and plastic surgery.  Our best Oakland car accident lawyers will fight to help our clients rebuild their lives after an accident, and get the compensation they need to afford the best treatments available.

Amputation Injuries

Amputations are some of the most tragic types of injuries an accident victim may sustain during a collision. No amount of money can truly compensate you for the loss of a finger, hand, foot, arm, or leg. However, the costs associated with amputations can affect victims and their families for years and even decades after an accident. Our firm fights hard to recover the monetary compensation you need to help build your life after a catastrophic injury such as an amputation.  We understand the long-term treatment costs, cosmetic and functional needs that you will have.  Our goal is to help you fight for maximum compensation so that you may live as comfortably as possible and receive the care, treatment and support you need now and in the future.

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Who To Trust After A Car Accident

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a car accident, protect your legal rights by calling The Barnes Firm right away.  The State of California has specific time limits that restrict the amount of time you have to file a claim for monetary compensation.  Our Bay Area car accident lawyers represent individuals who’ve been injured because of the negligent actions of another person, regardless of the type of injury sustained.

After any car accident, get to know your legal options for FREE. Contact the San Francisco car accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm online, or call us today for a FREE case evaluation.