What Injuries are Common after a Car Accident in Charleston?

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In South Carolina, auto accidents can cause harm that ranges from relatively minor bumps and bruises to catastrophic and life-threatening injuries. Although the circumstances surrounding each car accident is different, the injuries reported from South Carolina car accidents tend to be similar. The most common injuries reported to include:

Neck & Back Injuries:

Typically, the best known car accident injury is whiplash, which involves the straining of the neck muscles. Whiplash is a traumatic injury to neck muscles, ligaments and spinal disks that is most commonly caused by the sudden jerking motion of a rear-end collision. While whiplash often fades quickly, it can have lasting effects for years, including headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, and muscle pain.

Broken Bones:

Bones are tough, but car accidents can break them. Car accidents like head-on collisions, T-Bones, and being rear ended can all be the cause of broken arms and legs, broken collarbones, and broken ribs. All the bones in the body are at risk in a car accident but if multiple ribs are fractured or bone ends are displaced, the injury can cause life-threatening complications by injuring internal organs. Treatment may require surgery, casts, and time away from work or school.

Head & Brain Injuries:

Every injury that causes bruising, tearing, bleeding or other physical damage to the brain is considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even a concussion is considered a TBI even though it typically heals over a few weeks. Severe TBIs commonly lead to chronic issues as well as cause a variety of debilitating problems.


Car accidents can lead to fires that cause burns that can leave lifelong scars and discomfort. Car accident victims are susceptible to burns from fire, electrical issues or through contact with scalding parts of the car. These serious burns cause deep tissue damage and could involve years of expensive treatment. In addition to injury from contact with fire or extreme heat, inhaling smoke from a fire can cause lung damage.

Cuts & Bruises:

These common injuries often heal quickly, but serious lacerations (cuts) and contusions (bruises) may affect deep muscle tissue or internal organs. Additionally, cuts and bruises to the eyes can result in vision loss (sometimes permanent).

Soft Tissue Injuries:

These injuries typically involve damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They can affect any part of the body, particularly around the joints.

Just because the injuries are common and occur in majority of car collisions it does not mean that the recovery for these injuries is common or routine. It is crucial that if you were injured that you seek treatment from a medical provider who can come up with an appropriate treatment plan.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car wreck, do not hesitate to reach out to Attorney Trey Harrell because he and his team will do everything in their power to get you the results you deserve. Simply call our office at 843.636.TREY or fill out this simple form to schedule a FREE consultation to have your rights thoroughly explained to better allow you to figure out the next steps.

Disclaimer: Information in this blog is intended for informative purposes only and not legal advice. Please consult with a licensed attorney before you make any decisions on legal matters. Further, viewing of this information does not create an attorney-client relationship with Trey Harrell Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney. Matters will be handled by an attorney who primarily practice out of our office in Charleston County located at 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407. Robert W. “Trey” Harrell, III is the attorney responsible for this posting.

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