You were in a serious car accident, but feel lucky to have walked away from it seemingly unharmed. While you may be shaken up, you are thankful that you were not killed instantly or appear severely injured. You may be grateful that your injuries were not more serious, however, it is critical that you still seek immediate medical attention. This is especially true if you begin to discover new symptoms in the hours or days following your car accident that may not have been present at the scene of the accident due to your adrenaline or the fact you may have been in a state of shock. It is more common than not for symptoms to delay in affecting someone after a car wreck.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are very serious injuries that occur to the brain following a traumatic impact to the head. These injuries can range from mild to life-threatening and all need to be seen by a medical doctor for appropriate evaluation. If you begin to feel nauseous, unbalanced, confused, disoriented, unable to think clearly, have difficulty with motor skills, have memory loss or personality changes following a car accident, you should seek immediate medical attention to determine if you have a traumatic brain injury. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the greater the chance that your injuries may be permanent.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Oftentimes, people feel that they have aches and pains following a serious car accident and that these physical symptoms are merely part of the process of healing after a car accident. However, in some serious cases, a victim of a car accident may have spinal cord injuries that are not immediately present. If you feel any kind of pain in your back, spine, or neck, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Many car accidents, both serious and minor, result in whiplash. Whiplash is a severe injury that can remain unnoticed or untreated for several hours or days following a car accident. Oftentimes people’s head feels too heavy for their neck, they can’t turn to look left or right, severe pain shoots down into their arms or hands. While some aches and pains may resolve relatively quickly, it is imperative that any victim feeling these symptoms seek an evaluation from a physician. If whiplash is left untreated it may cause permanent damage after a car accident.
One of the more significant types of injuries is internal injuries following a car accident. Because these injuries are not external, they are not easily identified after a car crash. Therefore, if you have any kind of pain at all you should seek evaluation by a medical professional to determine if you have any internal bleeding or internal injuries.
Contact an Experienced Accident Lawyer
Never wait to seek medical treatment and evaluation after a car accident, even if you do not think your injuries are severe. Contact a car accident lawyer at Griggs Injury Law at (816) 474-0202 to help you receive compensation for your injuries following a car accident that was due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness.