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Car Accident Injuries

There is no “typical” car accident scenario, as any experienced car accident lawyer in Rhode Island and Massachusetts knows. Each and every auto accident is different and so are the car accident injuries that accompany the crash. Injuries from a car accident vary widely and don’t necessarily correlate with the severity of the impact in the crash. Some clients are lucky to walk away with minor whiplash and cuts and bruises from a collision where their vehicle was a total loss. Others, may experience more critical injuries, like a concussion, from what appears to be a seemingly minor impact collision. Just like the people involved in the accidents, car accident injuries are diverse. Tapalian Law has helped victims of motor vehicle accidents for over 20 years and, unlike some insurance companies will try to convince you to believe, we know there is no set formula or calculation to determine what types of injuries are “appropriate” to experience after a crash.  As a car accident attorney in RI & MA, Attorney David Tapalian is familiar with the gamut of injuries, and can help you recover compensation for your damages, minor or major, when you are hurt by another driver.  


The loss of a limb is one of the most devastating injuries a person can suffer in a car accident. Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of amputation. Losing an essential limb like an arm, leg, or thumb, is life-altering and can seriously impair the ability of a person to perform the daily tasks they did prior to the loss.

Brain Injury

More than half of all reported brain injuries are the result of motor vehicle accidents. A serious brain injury can result when a victim’s head comes in contact with a hard object such as a steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield. Traumatic brain injury can result in both long-term physical and mental impairment. As a Rhode Island car accident lawyer, Attorney Tapalian always stresses the importance of seeking immediate medical treatment following any type of car accident.


Dangerous, and painful, burns can result from a motor vehicle crash if one of the cars catches on fire or even just from hot fluids seeping from the radiator. Depending on the source, the result can be a 1st degree burn, 2nd degree burn, or the most serious, 3rd degree burn. Though some serious burns eventually heal, recovery is lengthy and some victims do not recover completely.


A concussion is a type of brain injury that can take place when an impact, such as a car wreck, forces a person’s brain to bounce back and forth inside their skull. Many victims do not immediately realize they suffer from a concussion. If undiagnosed, a concussion can lead to further issues including migraine headaches and even seizures.

Dental Injuries

Dental injuries to the mouth, teeth, and gums are often overlooked after an auto accident. As car accident attorney’s, we recognize that most people are immediately focused on treating more serious bodily injury.  In some cases, however, dental injuries can worsen if left untreated and have a detrimental effect on a victim, especially a young child whose mouth, teeth and jaw are still developing.


Post-traumatic stress syndrome, PTSD, refers to anxiety that can result after a traumatic event, such as a devastating motor vehicle accident. PTSD symptoms may manifest in a person both mentally, and physically and cause great distress. A combination of therapies may help a victim recover from PTSD after a car accident.

Spinal Cord Injury

One of the most significant car accident injuries, a critical spinal cord injury can result in permanent impairment leaving a victim unable to perform even minor daily tasks such as bathing or dressing. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.


Whiplash is one of the most common types of injury we see as car accident lawyers in Rhode Island. Frequently seen as the result of a rear-end collision, this type of neck strain can be extremely painful but is often devalued by the opposing insurance companies because of the lack of visible medical evidence.

Shoulder Injuries

Due to the shoulder’s anatomy, this is a body part easily hurt from the impact of an auto collision. Ranging from tears, rotator cuff pain, to fractures, shoulder injuries can require surgical intervention to be repaired, followed by extensive physical therapy. 

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He took care of everything and kept me updated as well. It was such a smooth process and in the end I won my case. I would highly recommend David Tapalian! Patrice F.
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