Auto Accident Injuries May Not Always Be Immediately Evident

d'Oliveria By d'Oliveria, 19th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Auto Accident Injuries May Not Always Be Immediately Evident

You’ve just been involved in a car accident. You feel shaken and sore, but grateful to be able to walk away from the accident. A few people have encouraged you to see a doctor, but you feel well enough to continue functioning.

The “grin and bear it” approach may be best in some aspects of life, but the time directly after a car crash is not one of them. In fact, it may cost you more in terms of time, money, and pain than you might expect.
Car accident injuries are different
Unlike injuries in other types of accidents, the ones received in car crashes often take longer to become apparent. This is especially true in cases of head, neck, and back injuries. Although the bruises and scrapes from a crash (and even sprained or broken limbs) are immediately visible, internal injuries are not. Whiplash, the most common injury from a car accident, can take weeks for symptoms to manifest. More serious injuries, such as a brain injury, may also take weeks for its symptoms to become apparent. Injuries like whiplash and brain trauma can get worse over time, and if not treated quickly, can cause painful and sometimes permanent damage.

In addition to whiplash, which is the most common car accident injury, and brain trauma, which can be one of the most serious types of injury, other common car accident injuries include back injury, spine injury, soft tissue injury, shoulder injury, knee or hip injury, and damage to internal organs. If you have recently been in a car accident, you may not be aware that you have suffered a back or neck injury. The symptoms may take weeks to develop, but the symptoms of a back or neck injury include:

· Headache
· Restricted back or neck movement
· Pain between shoulders or on lower back
· Dizziness or fainting
· Loss of sense of balance
· Ringing in the ears / hearing loss
· Nausea
· Numbness or tingling in limbs or extremities

If you experience any of these symptoms and have recently been involved in a car accident, you should contact your physician immediately.

The best course, however, is to be examined at the hospital immediately after the accident, so doctors can do tests to view internal damage before the symptoms appear and before the injury worsens. If you didn’t take this step after your auto accident, it may not be too late. If you have symptoms that won’t go away, see a doctor immediately. You may need treatment or to begin building a medical record that will be helpful in filing a lawsuit. If your injuries were caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and for your medical treatment. Having medical records that detail the injuries suffered from the car accident are essential to establish what amount of money should be paid to compensate for the injuries.

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