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5 Car Accident Injuries That Require Surgery

April 6, 2020
Tuite Law

Statistically, the total cost spent on medical bills after an accident increases with the severity of the injury. Bills and damages resulting from car accidents may put a significant strain on your finances.

Luckily, if you get injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you are eligible for compensation. Rockford Car Accident Lawyers offer experienced legal representation for car accident victims.

Injuries That Require Surgery

Car accidents can have catastrophic consequences on a victim’s health. While some people may walk away from a crash with minor injuries, others suffer severe injuries that require surgery and extensive care.

The five most common types of injuries which require surgery include:

  • Head and Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Knee Injury
  • Fractures or Broken Bones
  • Internal Organ Injury

Below, we look at each one of them.

Head and Brain Injury

Head and brain injuries are common car accident injuries that require immediate surgery. They may range from mild head injuries to traumatic brain injuries (TBI). If unchecked, head injuries can result in devastating long-term health conditions and disabilities.

The symptoms of head and brain injury may be mild and delayed due to initial trauma. Nevertheless, it is critical to get a scan done to ascertain that you are uninjured.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries result from the force of the impact of a collision. The impact may misalign vertebrae and discs, which commonly results in herniated or bulging discs. You are also likely to suffer compression fractures.

A spinal cord injury usually requires surgery and physical therapy to repair and heal correctly. A surgical procedure is also crucial in preventing partial or total paralysis.  The most common symptoms of a spinal injury include pain, poor balance, and reduced strength, sensation, and muscle control.

Knee Injury

A head-on collision may lead to the front of your car collapsing on or crushing into your legs. This impact may cause your knee, a notably complex joint, to sustain serious injuries. Knee injuries could be anything from a torn ACL or a broken bone to more severe injuries that requires knee replacement surgery. 

Fractures and Broken Bones

Along with head trauma, broken bones and fractures are the most common car accident injuries. You may break your ribs, arms, wrists, legs, pelvis, ankles, or other bones in a crash.

Some of these injuries are simple breaks that may only require a cast to heal. Others, however, can be compound or severe fractures that require surgery.

Fixing fractured bones, for example, may necessitate the use of rods, metal screws, pins, or plates to hold the bone in place.

Internal Organ Injuries

A car accident may result in punctured organs, crushed lungs, internal bleeding, and other types of internal trauma. If you fail to get emergency surgery after such an injury, you may lose your life.

The type of surgery required depends on the severity and location of the injury. Minor internal organ injuries may require minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, while severe ones may need or an extended operation lasting up to 12 hours. 


Injuries caused by automotive accidents can be severe and, in some cases, life-threatening. After a car accident, you ought to get immediate medical attention.

Next, seek the help of a personal injury attorney to help you create a case for your lawsuit. An experienced lawyer will get you the maximum possible compensation so you can cater to your medical bills.

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