“Are you okay?” is usually the first question you’ll be asked following an accident.
Yet for many, the answer may be a quick “yes, I’m okay”, even though serious injuries can often result from a minor accident.
AFTER AN ACCIDENT
A victim of an accident may feel pain free, initially; So, it’s easy to dismiss the severity and trauma that can be caused by a minor fender bender or even a slip and fall.
And many victims assume that nothing is wrong immediately following an accident if there are no immediate symptoms felt; but, that’s usually not the case. Physical trauma is only felt once the adrenaline and shock factor released by the human body fades. This alone can take hours or days.
WHAT TO DO
Make sure you go to get checked out by a medical professional after an accident.
-Let your doctor know what symptoms, if any, that you may be experiencing. Report even the slightest symptoms you may have.
-Follow your doctor’s orders and treatment as prescribed.
COMMON INJURIES RESULTING FROM MINOR CAR ACCIDENTS
Neck and Back Injuries –including whiplash, sprains or strains:
After a car accident, it is quite common to experience symptoms which include pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulder area as a result. Neck muscles and tissues are especially sensitive to a sudden jolt, as is caused by a sudden stop or impact. Whiplash symptoms may resolve within a few short months, however, for some, symptoms associated with a more serious injury could potentially last years if left untreated. Proper diagnosis and treatment is important, for even the slightest misalignment of the spine occurring after an accident can cause headaches from the base of the skull.
A concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury or TBI. Sudden movements can cause the brain to shift within the skull even without striking a surface such as a steering wheel. The mere force of an impact throwing the head forward and back can do damage. It is common with a mild concussion to experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and confusion. Concussions can be moderate to severe, resulting in memory loss and even long-term disabilities. It is therefore important not to ignore any symptoms no matter how mild and see a medical doctor asap.
Airbags were developed for our safety and protection. However, once deployed, they can cause a wide variety of injuries. The air bags come out of the dashboard at high speeds and can also be hot. They can be responsible for injuries that can include wounds, swollen eyes and even burned skin. Passengers and drivers alike may experience abrasions to the upper proportions of their bodies including arms, chest and face. Even though airbag injuries may be rare, they can occur and necessitate medical attention. Serious injuries including TBI’s can also result.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, no matter how minor, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. It is equally important to seek legal representation. Founder and Trial Attorney James Graver understands how insurance companies work, and how to properly evaluate and manage your case. Mr. Graver is a former insurance company attorney, and he defended some of the nation’s largest insurance companies and other corporations. He now uses this invaluable experience to best serve his personal injury clients. If your accident was through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, among other damages. For a free consultation, contact the Law Offices of James G. Graver, P.A. today.