Common Injury Types

Photo of a Motorcycle Accident

Personal injury cases stem from a wide range of causes, commonly including things like drunk driving accidents, slip and falls accidents, motorcycle or passenger vehicle crashes, pedestrian injuries, and more. While each of these accidents has its own common injuries associated with it, there are a few injury types that are seen in many different personal injury cases stemming from a wide range of causes. No matter how your injuries were caused, and no matter the nature of your injuries, if someone else caused the accident, you are a victim and entitled to compensation for your damages. A personal injury attorney can help you make sense of your situation and build a case meant to get you the money you are entitled to.

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Common Injuries Claimed in Motorcycle Accident Cases

The following are just a few of the many different injuries that victims suffer in motorcycle accidents. Whether or not your own injuries are mentioned below, you will need to work with a motorcycle accident attorney to quantify your specific injuries’ extent and severity before calculating the compensation you are rightfully owed for each. Just as no two accidents are alike, no two injuries are either, so working with an attorney who takes a unique and specific approach to your case is essential to reach an accurate calculation of what you are owed.


Whiplash is an extremely common injury in car accidents and other impact accidents where the head is rapidly jerked back and forth. Most often, whiplash happens when a vehicle passenger is suddenly snapped forward against the seatbelt, and their head goes forward, down, and then back in a rapid “S” motion. This motion causes extensive tearing and breakage in the neck’s soft tissues, resulting in stiffness, headaches, lack of mobility, and ongoing pain throughout the recovery. Most whiplash injuries are healed by keeping the head and neck immobilized for 4-6 weeks in a neck brace, but some may require surgery.

Bone Fractures

Many people mistakenly believe that broken bones and fractured bones are two different injuries, but medically speaking, “fracture” is the appropriate term. A fracture can range from a minor “hairline” fracture that might require a splint or wrap, to a “compound” fracture where the bone breaks in half and punctures the skin. There are varying degrees of severity between these two examples of fractures, as well, each of which requires a doctor’s care to ensure a complete recovery.


Bruising happens when the capillaries and shallow blood vessels are ruptured in the body, causing blood to pool under the skin. This pooling blood may cause swelling and will turn the affected area a dark black or blue. As the bruise ages, it may turn green, yellow, brown, or other alarming colors. Bruises can be tender to the touch throughout the entire recovery, and in some cases may require medical care to avoid hematomas forming. In other cases still, a bruise may be an indication of something more serious, like internal bleeding.


Lacerations can vary greatly in both type and severity depending on the type of accident and the cause of the injury. Road rash is typically present in motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, while deep, clean incisions are more common with accidents involving sharp edges like faulty machinery or broken glass. Blunt impacts, such as those experienced in car accidents, cause irregular “tear” laceration.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are serious and possibly life-threatening injuries that require immediate medical attention. Traumatic brain injuries include all degrees of concussions, as well as brain contusions, open fractures to the skull, and diffuse axonal injuries, to name a few of the many types of injuries that the brain may sustain. If you recognize a victim indicating symptoms such as fainting, slurred speech, confusion, difficulty remembering significant details, or any other signs of irregularity, they must see a doctor immediately for a CT scan to understand the nature of their injuries and develop a recovery plan.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can happen in many different types of accidents, and depending on the severity of the injury the symptoms may range from a temporary loss of sensation in the affected area to permanent and complete paralysis. If you suspect that you or someone you are with has suffered from a spinal cord injury, it is absolutely essential to remember to never move a spinal injury victim unless absolutely necessary. Improperly moving a spinal cord injury victim can cause further damage, and may mean the difference between a recoverable injury and permanent paralysis.