Have you or a loved one recently been involved in a car accident? When you’re trying to recover from the stress of an accident, seek compensation, and address the damage to your vehicle, it can be easy to overlook the damage to your body.
This is especially true for smaller injuries that may seem minor at the time or those that aren’t visible to the naked eye. But if left untreated, these injuries can contribute to much greater problems in the future.
Your body is made up of soft tissues like muscles and ligaments which can be easily damaged by excessive force.
One of the most common soft tissue injuries from a car crash is whiplash, where a neck injury is caused by a severe jerk to the head. Back pain is also extremely common after a car accident.
If you’ve recently been involved in an accident and you find your muscles are stiff, aching, or difficult to move without pain, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Continuing to move your body could cause more severe damage to your tissues.
Skin injuries like cuts, lacerations, and burns are common in car accidents. The more severe your accident, the more likely you are to be impacted by broken glass from your windshield or windows.
You might also experience cuts and contusions on your face from an impact with the airbag or windows. In addition, loose objects flying around the car can be a real hazard, especially in a rollover event.
While cuts aren’t always as serious as other injuries, they can cause permanent scars. Prompt medical attention should diminish the long-term impact of any surface injuries.
Your back and your spine are not designed to take a lot of force. That’s why back and spine injuries in car accidents are one of the most common issues arising from car accidents.
In serious accidents, the involved parties may suffer from a herniated disc (when a piece of your spine comes out of place, causing sharp pain or numbness) or even paralysis.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident and you suspect a spinal injury, do not move the person. They must be moved and treated by a professional as soon as possible to reduce damage and increase the likelihood of a full recovery.
Concussions are one of the most serious injuries a person can get without even knowing it. While the person may go unconscious or suffer from headaches, confusion, or other symptoms, concussions are not always immediately visible or obvious.
Car accident concussions are usually caused by an impact with the steering wheel, windows, or another object in the car. They are particularly likely if the vehicle rolls or tips over.
Brain injuries can be traumatic and have an impact that lasts for life. You should always see a professional after any incident to ensure you haven’t sustained a head injury.
Sometimes, a car accident victim may walk away from the scene, only to suffer problems and end up in hospital after hours or days.
While some internal injuries (like broken bones) are immediately obvious, others are not. The excessive force of an accident can cause internal bleeding or damage to internal organs, which must be carefully assessed by a professional.
Car accidents aren’t just physical! As driving is a typical part of everyday life for many of us, suffering through an accident can have long-lasting mental impacts, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Victims may experience stress, anxiety, or physical symptoms like flashbacks or nightmares. They may find it difficult to drive for a period of time or have a hard time recovering and returning to a regular life.
Individuals will need time and support to heal from the trauma of the accident, both physically and mentally. Services like counseling and therapy can benefit those who are having a hard time getting back to normal.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you must seek immediate medical attention, even if you don’t think you need it. As discussed, professionals can identify and diagnose injuries that may not be visible but could have a long-term effect on your life.
As you recover, keep notes of your symptoms and your struggles. This can be used as evidence when you’re feeling well enough to pursue compensation.
Proving your injuries and how much you deserve in compensation can be complicated.
Chances are, you won’t get a fair settlement offer from your insurance company. That means a personal injury lawsuit may be in your best interest, and you need a tough negotiator on your side.
Snedaker Law has experience building strong claims on our clients’ behalf. No matter your situation, we’ll work with you to prove the full extent of your injuries and fight against insurance companies to get the full compensation that you deserve.
The average car accident claim in Florida settles for $15,000. Our years of experience and personalized attention have generated settlements of up to $200,000 for our clients. Get in touch today: