In a serious car accident, the types of damages available typically depend on the types of injuries suffered. The more severe an injury is, the higher the costs of medical care and rehabilitation are likely to be.

These injuries may deprive the injured person of the ability to work outside the home and to complete daily chores inside the home while he or she heals. If the injuries are too severe, the injured person may never be able to return fully to the work or household tasks he or she once performed. Car accident injuries can also cause intense pain and suffering, which may also require compensation.

If you have been injured in a car accident, enlisting the help of an experienced car accident attorney can help you to establish the extent of your injuries, identify the responsible parties and seek the compensation you deserve for injuries that include:

Head and Brain Injuries

Head and brain injuries can easily occur if the head strikes part of the car during a crash or an object strikes the head with great force. These injuries can be among the most expensive to treat and the most difficult to recover from fully. Often, a head injury results in lifelong impairments.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Injuries to the spinal cord in a car accident can cause intense pain and difficulty moving. If the spinal cord is severed, paralysis of part or all of the body, including the limbs and internal organs, may result. The injured person may be unable to work ever again and require long-term treatment, therapy and medication in order to preserve his or her quality of life.  Along with head injuries, spinal cord injuries are among the most expensive injuries to treat.

Neck Injuries

Many car accident victims suffer whiplash, which is a soft tissue injury in the neck that occurs when the person’s body is jerked forward and backward quickly as in a rear-end collision. While many patients with whiplash fully recover, others suffer severe and permanent damage to the joints, disks and ligaments of the neck. Loss of mobility and severe chronic pain may result.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries include harm to skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. They can include cuts, bruises, strains, sprains and tears. Soft tissue injuries can result in severe pain, loss of motion in the affected body parts and profuse internal bleeding. Because it may take hours or days for these injuries to become apparent, it creates the risk that more harm will result before the injury is identified and treated.


In addition to harming the tissues that surround and support the bones, a car crash can cause fractures in the bones themselves. Broken bones can be extremely painful, require surgery to reconnect and need months of care before they are strong enough to bear weight. Extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation is often necessary if the injured person is to regain as much of their regular movement as possible.

Internal Organ Injuries

During a car accident, the impact between a person’s body and any part of the vehicle can result in crushing blows that damage internal organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, diaphragm or bowels. Internal bleeding from damaged organs can cause death if it is not quickly treated by surgery. Fatal internal infections can also be caused by internal organ damage. Patients who survive these injuries may live with chronic pain or impaired organ function.

Scarring and Disfigurement

Flying glass, twisted metal and burning objects can cause scarring, disfigurement, or amputations during a car accident. Plastic surgery or prosthetic devices may be required to restore function and form in a severely injured part of the body.

Many patients who suffer scarring and disfigurement experience physical pain as well as the emotional pain and anguish related to these life-altering injuries.

Emotional Distress

Car accidents can be emotionally as well as physically traumatic. Many people who survive a severe crash endure depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While therapy and medication can help alleviate some of these symptoms, many patients struggle with them for months or even years after a crash.

Contact an Experienced Spartanburg Car Accident Injury Attorney

At Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., we understand how difficult it can be to determine what happened in an accident while you are still fighting to recover from serious injuries. We strive to lift the burden by investigating, negotiating with insurance companies or going to court on behalf of our clients in order to pursue the compensation they deserve.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist in your case. Our firm serves clients throughout Spartanburg, Greenville and surrounding areas in the Upstate region of South Carolina.