A surefire way to put a damper on anyone’s day is to get involved in a car accident. In a worst-case scenario, the crash is catastrophic and there could be loss of life. But in relatively smaller ones, it may be tempting for people to put taking care of themselves on the back burner — instead focusing on fixing the car, getting back to work, and hoping for no pain down the road. But this approach could end up costing you, both financially and healthwise. Due to adrenaline, it’s common for people to not even notice that they’re injured. So what happens if a few weeks later you find out that, in fact, you are?
Delayed Symptoms of Injury After a Car Accident
Adrenaline is a hormone that’s released by your body as part of its fight or flight response. While it is useful — making you more alert and able to act on instinct — it also suppresses pain. Therefore, it’s entirely possible to have experienced physical trauma and not even be aware of it.
The impact from the accident could also aggravate pre-existing issues. For example, say you’ve had herniated discs for a while from playing sports with your friends or your duties at work — so you may be used to experiencing back pain every now and then. The car accident could’ve caused those herniated discs to slip even further and caused nerve impingement. The only way to know whether the continued chronic pain was worsened by the crash is to get examined by a doctor. If it turns out that it was, you could be entitled to compensation — as long as you file your claim in a timely manner as established by law.
Common Injuries After a Car Accident
There are many factors that have an effect on the type of injuries a person could sustain during a car accident. Traveling speed, whether you were wearing a seatbelt, whether the airbags deployed, pre-existing injuries, and type of accident are all relevant. However, there are certain types of injuries that are common during a car crash. These include:
Whiplash: Whiplash is a very common injury arising out of car accidents. They occur when a person is rear-ended while their car is not moving. The impact causes the head to move in a backward and forward motion quickly — affecting the bones in the spine and the soft tissue around them. Symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, and a limited range of motion. Some people also experience headaches — and they sometimes don’t make the connection between the headaches and the car accident.
TMJ Injuries: TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It’s the name of the joint that connects the jaw to the rest of the skull. A person may first experience pain when eating or yawning. The pain can sometimes radiate towards the ears, and you may also feel a clicking sound when moving your jaw — or experience locking of the jaw.
Internal Bleeding: When it comes to internal injuries, it’s common to think of broken bones. But both high impact, as well as minor accidents, could cause lacerations to organs and damage to blood vessels. The symptoms could be dismissed as being caused by stress or being exhausted — such as feeling lightheaded and/or fatigued. Left untreated, they could be life-threatening.
Emotional Trauma: After a car accident, it’s possible for some people to experience anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, and/or fear when driving. Some individuals have even been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Without proper treatment, you could end up irritable, experiencing mood swings, and/or even depressed. And often, the person won’t even realize that the root cause of the problem was the car accident.
How can a lawyer help you after a car accident?
An experienced personal injury attorney will know all the questions to ask to get the full story. In addition to talking with you, they can start a process called discovery. During this stage of litigation, your attorney could request medical and mechanic records, surveillance videos, and take the sworn testimony of the other driver as well as witnesses.
A lawyer will also design a strategy to move forward with the case based on all the information obtained — prep you for interrogations, review your own records, take into account potential future medical issues, and discuss possible likely outcomes. In short, having legal representation will take a huge burden off your shoulders, so that you can focus on healing from your injuries and resuming your life while they do the heavy lifting as your case moves forward.
If you got into a car accident and were not at fault, let us help you.
Every car accident is different. There are many factors that determine the drivers’ level of liability. Let’s discuss your case. We’ll look for ways to have all of your expenses covered — for present and future treatment — as long as they relate to the accident.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, call us at (855) 680-4911 or schedule a free consultation. At Clark Law, we have experienced attorneys who regularly represent clients involved in motor vehicle accidents, and we can help you determine the best next step.
Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and does not create an attorney/client relationship.