Decapitation is arguably the most serious injury anyone can suffer in a motor vehicle accident. This type of injury happens when a person’s head physically detaches from his or her body. Indeed, it should come as no surprise that decapitation is not survivable.
Internal decapitation falls only slightly lower on the severity scale, as it is almost always fatal. Those who survive the injury, though, tend to have extreme neurological problems, including paralysis and brain damage. Still, for some individuals, it is possible to recover somewhat.
What is internal decapitation?
Atlanto-occipital dislocation, commonly called internal decapitation, is a catastrophic injury that involves the upper spine. Specifically, those with the injury have severed ligaments in their necks. According to an article in the Journal of Medical Case Reports, patients with internal decapitation typically have a poor prognosis. That is, they tend not to recover much at all.
How can an injured person survive?
Because internal decapitation is often fatal, injured individuals may have little or no opportunity to survive. Those that do, though, receive immediate medical attention. This is because stabilizing the head and spinal column prevents additional harm.
Still, a person’s prospects of recovering depend on both his or her overall health and the extent of the injury. Those who recover from internal decapitation often only do so partially and must rely on accommodations for the rest of their lives.
Ultimately, because diagnosing, treating and living with internal decapitation can be almost unbelievably expensive, it is advisable for injured individuals to pursue financial compensation from anyone who caused or contributed to the injury.