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3 car accident injuries that can impact your ability to earn

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Auto Accidents

Car accidents are a frighteningly common occurrence. While property damage can be a hassle, the true weight of an accident falls on the damage that occurs to the people involved.

If you’re involved in a wreck, beyond the physical pain and emotional trauma, serious injuries can leave a lasting impact on your ability to work and earn a living. As such, if you’re a regular road user, it can help to explore the common car accident injuries and how they can potentially affect your earning capacity.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild concussions to severe damage. Even mild TBIs can cause headaches, dizziness, memory problems and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can significantly hinder your ability to perform many jobs, especially those requiring focus, multitasking or quick decision-making. In severe cases, TBIs can lead to long-term impairments in mobility, communication and cognitive function, forcing some individuals out of the workforce entirely.

Spinal cord injury (SCI)

SCIs are devastating injuries that damage the spinal cord, affecting communication and control of the limbs. The severity of an SCI determines the extent of paralysis, which can range from loss of sensation and mobility in the legs to complete quadriplegia. Many SCIs require extensive medical care, rehabilitation and adaptations to daily life. This, coupled with the physical limitations, can make it extremely difficult, and sometimes impossible, to return to previous employment.

Musculoskeletal injuries

Whiplash, back injuries and broken bones are all common consequences of car accidents. While some heal completely, others leave chronic pain, stiffness and limited mobility. These issues can significantly impact jobs requiring physical activity, lifting, prolonged standing or repetitive motions. Depending on the severity and the individual’s occupation, a musculoskeletal injury might necessitate reduced work hours, modified duties or even a career change.

If you’ve already been injured in a car accident, it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Following your doctor’s instructions and completing rehabilitation can significantly improve your recovery and future earning potential. Documenting your injuries and treatment is also essential because the evidence will be crucial if/when pursuing compensation from at-fault parties.