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A car accident can cause a serious head or back injury

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a car accident, there is always a chance that the occupants of the vehicles could suffer a serious injury.

If you find yourself in this unenviable position, you need to stay where you are until an ambulance and police arrive at the scene. Attempting to move could worsen your injury, and that's not a risk you should be willing to take.

Head injuries, for example, are extremely serious. This can include anything from a mild concussion to a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even if you receive immediate treatment, there is still the chance that this could have a negative impact on your life in the future.

Back injuries are just as common in car accidents, such as those that entail damage to the spinal cord. Depending on the type of injury and extent, the end result could be paralysis.

It's easy to believe that a head or back injury will immediately present symptoms, but this is not always the case. With a concussion, for example, you may not experience any symptoms for several hours. This is why it's so important to receive medical treatment, regardless of how you feel.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should learn more about the treatment strategy that can help you get your life back on track.

Once you know where you stand in regards to your health, turn your attention to your legal rights. If another person caused the accident, it may be possible to seek compensation for injuries and other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Types of Car Accident Injuries," accessed Aug. 30, 2017

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