What Should I Do?
You may not know how bad you’re hurt at first if you hit your head, or if you were violently shaken by the impact of the crash. You might not even feel any pain if you’re in shock. Sometimes you don’t know how bad you are hurt until days, weeks, or months later.
Anytime you think you might have been hurt in a car accident don’t delay, to go to the emergency room. Let a trained medical team determine if you were injured. If you cannot go to the emergency room, get a checkup as soon as possible, and get pictures of your injuries.
With a head injury, when to go to the hospital is not the question to ask. You need to go right now. Sometimes patients who don’t think they are hurt experience concussion symptoms days later.
One of the most serious car accident injuries is traumatic brain injury. An injury to the brain can have a prolonged domino effect, with the initial injury causing other serious problems so that the extent of your injury isn’t apparent until the dominos stop falling over.
What to Expect Physically After a Car Accident
A common factor in car accidents is the body is traveling at anywhere from 20 to 70 miles an hour and suddenly stops. This abrupt cessation of motion causes most common car accident injuries. Also, since car accidents are scary and violent, there’s emotional trauma. Shock from a car accident and a raised endorphin level can reduce your ability to feel pain. If you are experiencing any symptoms after your car accident such as sleeping disorder or fear of driving/riding in a car, these are common symptoms related to the emotional shock from the car accident.
Common Injuries From Car Accidents Include:
- Whiplash (soft tissue neck injury);
- Back injuries;
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Chest injury;
- Arm and leg injuries.
All of the above can range in severity, and it isn’t always apparent what injury caused the symptom you are experiencing. For instance dizziness after a car accident can be caused by whiplash, a concussion, or by the violent shaking of your body in the crash.
Pain After a Car Accident
Car crash injuries can cause pain that goes away in a few days or weeks, or sometimes the pain never goes away.
Head Pain After a Car Accident Can Be Caused By:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Pinched nerve;
If you have a headache or head pain after a car accident, even if onset is weeks later, you should see a doctor immediately. Some head injuries can worsen after the initial trauma, causing serious health risks if undiagnosed or untreated.
Back pain after a car accident can be caused by whiplash, herniated discs, or even a fracture. Sometimes you won’t experience any symptoms until much later. Back injury symptoms can include:
- Chest pain;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Numbness in legs / lower body;
- Tingling in legs / lower body;
- Muscle ache;
The above list is not all-inclusive, and you should see a doctor if you are experiencing any discomfort after being in a car accident, even if the accident happened months ago. Seemingly minor car accident injuries can emerge as major problems, sometimes years after the accident.
What to Do After a Car Accident Injury
An insurance adjuster may try to contact you soon after your car wreck to ask you questions about the accident or offer you a car accident injury settlement. Remember, you don’t know how much the accident is going to cost you until you know whether you have been injured and how serious your injuries are. Sometimes a serious injury such as a back or head injury isn’t apparent until weeks or even months later.
If you sign a release or settle with the insurance company before you know how badly you were hurt in the car accident you won’t have any way to recoup your losses when you discover that you’ve been hurt a lot worse than you thought. Any car accident settlement amount should include:
- Current medical bills,
- Future medical treatment;
- Lost wages;
- Lost / diminished earning capacity; and
- Pain and suffering.
The safest way to protect yourself from current financial loss and protect your future financial security is to call a car accident law firm as soon as possible after your car wreck.
Isaacs & Isaacs car accident lawyers have been fighting for clients and standing up to insurance companies for decades. Our skilled accident and injury lawyers will make sure your settlement amount reflects all your losses, past, present and future, and we will make sure you receive fair and just accident injury compensation.