Car accidents can happen in a fraction of a second, so it’s not unusual for passengers to go into shock, even in minor accidents. That shock is fueled by adrenaline and endorphins and gives a person a burst of energy, which can inhibit their ability to feel pain. This can make it difficult for them to assess how serious any injuries may be until the full spectrum of symptoms arises days or even weeks later. If the only visible signs of an accident include small bruises and cuts, that can further validate their idea that their injuries are not serious.
Besides the shock masquing the effects of an injury, certain injuries might just take longer to develop in general. A simple neck ache could worsen with time and prove to be much more serious injury. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a person to only realize the extent of their injuries from an accident until they’ve already filed their insurance claim. The Law Offices of D. Chadwick Calvert specializes in motor vehicle accidents and recommends monitoring the symptoms of all your injuries after you’ve been in a car accident, no matter how small, for this exact reason.
The Most Common Times Of Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents, however minor, generate a lot of force, which can throw people around the vehicle and do a lot of bodily damage. Although there are many injuries that can arise from a car accident, the most common injuries from car accidents include whiplash, concussions, and soft tissue injuries.
Soft tissue injuries, which technically include whiplash as well, are injuries done to the body that do not affect the bones. They are mostly found on a person’s shoulders, neck, back, and various muscles and tendons. Whiplash is described as an injury that occurs when the neck “cracks like a whip.” It is also known as a neck sprain and may cause numbness and pain in the upper body, restricted movement in the neck, headaches, and fatigue.
Concussions are traumatic brain injuries which occur after a physical shock to the brain, usually a blow or jolt which causes the brain to physically strike the inside of the cranium. Symptoms of a concussion include nausea, dizziness, lethargy, confusion, memory issues, and headaches. Although concussions are rather common, they can be very serious.
When treated early on, these injuries will often heal completely. However, if left untreated, they could do extensive damage and even become life-threatening.
What Should You Do?
Unfortunately, there are some at-fault drivers who claim that your injury that developed over time was not a result of the accident and, therefore, not their liability. So what should you do if you’ve been in an accident to avoid missing out on any financial compensation?
The Law Office of D. Chadwick Calvert advises you to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. That way, you can have a physical examination of your body and close examination of any injuries you may have acquired. As we mentioned before, documenting the progress of your injuries is also vital to your case. By doing so, you will be able to ensure that you will receive financial compensation from the at-fault driver. You may also be able to prevent your injury from becoming life-threatening.
DCC Law has extensive experience in both advising and representing people who have been in auto accidents. If you’re looking for consultation from a reputable attorney, call (303) 740-7040 today!