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After a car accident, one of the most important things you can do is seek medical treatment. Even if you are unsure how serious your injuries are, you should always seek emergency care and continue treatment until released by a medical professional. A delay in treatment may affect your recovery and may make it more difficult to obtain compensation for those injuries down the road.
At Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana, we know that determining the extent of your injuries after a car crash can be difficult. You are likely overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Let us help you get the care and treatment you need while we pursue compensation for you and your family. Contact our office today at (251) 444-7000 to discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney.
Some injuries may go unnoticed in the hours and days after the crash, be sure to get immediate medical attention for these common problems:
Millions of people each year suffer from debilitating neck pain known as whiplash. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of whiplash, with rear-end collisions being a significant cause of cases throughout the country. Whiplash can cause long-term health problems, including chronic pain, headaches, and a loss of range of motion.
A prompt diagnosis of whiplash can help prevent complications and mitigate long-lasting effects. It is important to note that whiplash is not always apparent right away. After a sudden collision, the body may be in shock, unable to determine the true impact of the crash.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are severe and potentially life-threatening. As noted by the Mayo Clinic, even a mild traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include:
As with whiplash, traumatic brain injuries may go unnoticed for some time after a car accident. Symptoms may begin to appear hours, or even days, after the initial crash. Any head injury should be attended to by a doctor or physician, and any new symptoms should be addressed as quickly as possible.
Spinal cord injuries such as herniated or ruptured discs are common after a car wreck. Few people are able to brace their bodies for the unexpected impact of a collision which means that the back and neck absorb a ton of force. Unfortunately, the disruption to the spinal cord can cause unyielding pain and discomfort.
While some physical injuries like cuts and lacerations are easily observed, others may remain hidden. Internal bleeding may not be noticeable immediately after an accident. It may take hours before signs of internal bleeding become clear. Left untreated, internal bleeding can be fatal.
In addition to physical trauma, car accidents can result in emotional trauma and scarring. Emotional harm inflicted by the crash may take the form of serious mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD is a devastating disorder that can make it difficult for a person to continue with everyday tasks. It may lead to personality changes, depression, or shock. If you have an overwhelming feeling of stress, fear, or uneasiness after the accident, you may have PTSD.
If you have experienced these or any other injuries after a car accident, contact our office at (251) 444-7000 for a free, no-obligation consultation. Find out whether you have a valid claim for damages and how much your case might be worth by calling today.