Airbags are designed to keep you safe in a car accident. Airbags are designed to save your life; however, that doesn't mean that airbags don't injure you. In order to protect your life, the side effect is that airbags commonly leave behind other injuries as well.
When an airbag deploys, it comes out fast and with a lot of force. This force can easily snap your head back and cause it to come into contact with the headrest or back with the airbag with great force. When this happens, it is more than possible to suffer a concussion or another serious injury to your brain. If you lose consciousness at all during an accident, you should be examined for a concussion. You need to take very specific steps after a concussion to minimize the chance of an injury.
Contusions & Deep Bruises
Airbags are not gentle pillows that cushion you in an accident. They can cause you to get bruises and cuts, as well. Airbag cuts and bruises are most common on the upper body region, such as your chest, hands, and face. Depending on your size, the speed of your vehicle, and the speed of the airbags, it is even possible for airbags to bruise deeper than your skin and result in bruises to your internal organs. If an airbag deploys in a car, you should be checked over for internal and external injuries.
Depending on how your body is positioned, it is possible to suffer a fracture or sprain due to the force of the airbags. The most common types of fractures and sprains associated with airbags are generally related to either your skull, face, wrist, hands, or spine. If something doesn't feel right after an accident, be sure to ask for an X-ray when you go to the emergency room after the accident.
Eye and Ear Issues
You can damage both your eyes and ears from the force of the impact of the airbags. If anything doesn't feel right with your vision or hearing following an accident, be sure to let the emergency doctor know or go back in for care if you notice hearing and vision problems later. These should be addressed immediately.
After a car accident, you need to be aware of the injuries you can sustain due to airbags. If you sustained airbag injuries, you need to get medical help as soon as possible and let your doctor know that you think your injuries are accident-related. Then you need to retain a lawyer who can make sure you get the compensation you need for your airbag injuries.
For more information, contact an auto accident lawyer.
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