Far too often, victims of car accidents have no idea of the extent of their injuries. In the whirlwind of events, the adrenaline and the stress of the situation, the symptoms of an injury can be masked.
It is important that you seek immediate medical attention following a car accident, whether or not you believe that you were “seriously” hurt. It’s much better to spend an hour getting a clean bill of health than to avoid going to the doctor, only to find out weeks or months later that you actually sustained serious injuries.
Types Of Serious – And Sometimes Hidden Or Masked – Car Accident Injuries
These injuries can include:
Brain injuries — The symptoms of brain injuries, including concussion, may not show up until long after the accident, even though the injury has seriously affected the brain. These symptoms could include headaches, loss of memory, moodiness, issues with sleep or slurred speech. It is important that you seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration.
Whiplash injuries — This damage to the spine, brain and nervous system can be masked by the adrenaline of the situation. Only later do many victims realize they are experiencing pain and soreness. That pain can intensify over time, if the injury is bad enough.
Soft tissue damage — There are many types of soft tissue injuries that may cause escalating pain, soreness and loss of motion as they develop over time. In some cases, the victim has no idea they have occurred until a complete medical exam — often involving MRIs and scans — is completed.
Unfortunately, if you did not report the injury immediately following the accident, or if you made statements to insurance companies, witnesses or other drivers that you were not injured or felt OK, the insurance company may try to deny your claim.
You need a skilled attorney on your side zealously advocating on your behalf to ensure that you are awarded the benefits and compensation you deserve for the injury and pain you have suffered.
Call Vance & Larson Law Firm of Alamosa, Colorado, today at 800-360-2914 to discuss your injury and any pain or loss of motion you are experiencing because of an auto accident. We have the answers and legal solutions you need.