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Monday, May 26, 2014

Personal Injury 101: Empower Yourself with the Right Vocabulary

Most of us are not medical professionals.  So it’s often hard for people to accurately describe their injuries when they are not equipped with the right vocabulary.  The result may be ambiguous (or misleading) injury descriptions.   Our personal injury attorneys want to help empower you by sharing the definitions of common car accident injuries in both children and adults:

In Children: 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head injuries were the most common injury sustained by children in motor vehicle crashes.Cerebrum injuries - contusions or lacerations - were the most common type of head injuries among all children. Contusions are injuries that do not break the skin, such as severe bruising, while skin that is broken or cut open is described as a laceration.  Children under one year were more likely to suffer from concussions and unconsciousness. Skull base fractures were more common among children one to seven years old.

Children less than one year old were more likely to sustain rib fractures than the other age groups. On the other hand, lung injuries (contusions or lacerations) were more common among older children.

In Adults:

Adults may suffer from a herniation, which is smooth muscle tissue protruding through a bodily structure after it has been torn or bursts open.  A hernia can happen to any smooth muscle in the body, but is most commonly seen in the abdominal area, particularly the stomach, intestines or colon. 

A disk bulge, also referred to as a herniated disk, is an injury that may surface as pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg but is actually a spinal cord injury.  While not all disk bulges require surgery, it’s important to accurately identify and monitor any spinal cord injury.

Like a back injury that may surface as arm or leg pain, there are other common injuries that are hard to identify due to confusing symptoms.  Click here to learn more about concussions, whiplash and soft tissue injuries in my blog post titled “You May Not Realize You’re Hurt.”

For more information on this topic, email personal injury attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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