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Beyond the bruises: The unseen aftermath of car accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

When you picture a car accident, you might envision a dramatic scene: shattered glass strewn across the pavement, crumpled metal and visible injuries. In reality, many of these accidents leave “silent injuries” that may not be immediately apparent but can be just as debilitating as visible ones. But what exactly are these silent injuries, and how can they impact your health and legal rights?

Three common silent injuries from car crashes

If you get into a car accident, you might feel fine in the immediate aftermath, thanks to the adrenaline coursing through your body. However, hours, days or even weeks later, you might start experiencing unexplained pain, dizziness or emotional distress. These are potential signs of silent injuries. Here are some examples:

  • Whiplash: This injury is one of the most common after a car wreck and occurs when your head jerks back and forth rapidly, straining the neck muscles and ligaments. You might feel fine initially, but neck pain, stiffness and headache can develop days later.
  • Concussions: You do not need to hit your head to suffer a concussion. The force of the accident alone can cause your brain to shift violently inside your skull, resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury. It can cause memory loss, mood changes and even permanent brain damage.
  • Psychological injuries: Some car accident survivors may even leave the scene with psychological injuries, such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These can be particularly challenging to diagnose, often manifesting weeks or even months after the accident.

These silent injuries can profoundly impact your quality of life, making it vital to seek medical attention and legal guidance after such a traumatic event.

Remember, your health should be your top priority after an accident. Even if you feel fine, seek a thorough medical evaluation immediately. This proactive approach not only safeguards your well-being but also protects your legal rights. Delaying medical care can complicate potential claims, as insurance companies may question the accident’s connection to your injuries. By prioritizing your health, you are also securing crucial documentation for any future legal proceedings.

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