Car accidents are traumatic events. Even so called fender benders, can result in a significant issue to the bones, joints and soft tissue. Even though car accident injuries are common, – even certain – many are misdiagnosed and remain untreated. Whether through false bravado, ignorance or fear, people just don’t like to go to the doctor after an accident.
That’s a mistake. Not only can it hurt your case if you decide to file a personal injury claim, it can also result in permanent damage from injuries that are easily treated if addressed promptly. Don’t neglect your health after a car accident. Don’t assume because you feel fine you do not need to be checked out by a medical professional.
Let’s take a moment to address the more common injuries associated with car accidents.
Brain and Head Injuries
These injuries have the greatest potential to go on undetected while simultaneously having the potential to be the most dangerous. Concussions are invisible killers. They don’t come exclusively from blunt force trauma; most concussions occur after the brain is jostled around during an impact. Recover time for brain injuries varies from a few days to permanent damage.
The most common form of neck injury is whiplash. Whiplash is when the whipping motion of the head and neck after impact damages the soft tissue. Whiplash often does not manifest for hours or even days after the accident. While whiplash is the most common form of neck injury, there are other injuries associated with neck injuries. Recovery time for most neck injuries is from a few days to several weeks.
When you crash into another car – or are crashed into – your body does not just go forward and back. It twists – especially if you go airborne. That torque can wreak havoc on your spinal cord and the muscles of your back. Like whiplash, it can often take hours or days for the symptoms of even serious back injuries to show up. Your back might be broken. You wouldn’t know it until you went to the doctor. Your back is nothing to ignore. Back injuries can follow you for life. Typically, depending on severity, back injuries can take anywhere from a few days to years to heal.
Cuts, Breaks and Bruises
When cars crash bodies are thrown around and glass flies everywhere. Everything in the car becomes a projectile. Cuts, bruises and broken bones are common. The good thing about this type of injury is that it is apparent. You know when you are bleeding. You know when your arm is broken. You know you need medical attention. The recovery time for this type of injury varies.
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