New York residents who get involved in a severe car crash won’t just be dealing with the aftermath in the short term. Unfortunately, long term consequences will likely surface for them as well. This can make medical costs hugely expensive and can permanently alter a person’s way of living.

FindLaw first takes a look at some of the immediate injuries that can occur during the crash. Typically speaking, these injuries can take anywhere from weeks to months to heal from, depending on severity. Some may even require surgery or physical therapy in order for a person to make a full recovery. They include:

  • Burns
  • Internal bruising or bleeding
  • Lacerations or severe loss of blood
  • Broken, fractured or dislocated bones
  • Whiplash

Longer term injuries, on the other hand, can take years to recover from. In some cases, they may be permanent. One example as shown by Mayo Clinic is spinal cord injury, which can permanently impact a person’s mobility depending on its severity. Someone can lose the use of their arms or legs and may never be able to recover it. Other more extreme injuries include amputation and brain damage, which can force the victim to permanently adjust the way their lives are led. They may not be able to remain independent after the crash.

Money is another issue. Severe injuries can also cause a person to be unable to work as they did before. The combination of medical bills and a lack of income can easily drive a person into debt. For this reason, many seek compensation for the initial crash in order to help pay off medical bills and strike a new balance in life.