In many automobile accidents, drivers and passengers are completely unaware of the probability of an impending collision, so they are not able to brace and prepare for the impact. Vehicle passengers may still become injured in collisions that occur at a low speed and produce very little or no apparent damage to vehicles. For this reason, it is advisable for anyone involved in a car accident, even a minor one, to get a medical checkup afterward.
By seeing a physician or chiropractor following a wreck, an individual can be properly evaluated to determine if there may be an underlying injury that has not presented any symptoms yet. Adrenaline is released into the body following an auto accident, and its release can mask or cover some injury symptoms.
The Human Body’s Response
When motor vehicles collide, a tremendous amount of force is exerted on the bodies of the occupants. This kind of impact can lead to very serious injuries. Low-speed accidents produce their share of physical injury, regardless of the lack of visible damage that may appear on the vehicles.
When an automobile travels down the road, the car and the occupant’s body have kinetic energy in motion. If there is a sudden and unexpected collision, the human body still attempts to continue with the momentum and violent jerking of the head, neck, and body often results.
Common Auto Accident Injuries
Whiplash – Among the most common injuries derived from auto collisions is whiplash. Unfortunately, the symptoms of whiplash may be delayed and can cause issues days or weeks after a wreck. Whiplash occurs when a victim’s neck is thrust suddenly forward, then is quickly snapped backward. This sudden and intense motion strains the spine intensely and can lead to back and neck pain, headaches, and even tinnitus in the ears. X-rays can be taken at a medical center or an urgent care clinic to determine if there is harmful damage.
Soft Tissue Injury – Because internal injuries are not as visible as external ones, they can be harder to detect. However, torn ligaments, tendons and muscles can be very serious conditions. If left untreated, sprains, tearing and bruising can become extremely painful. Fortunately, medical practitioners are trained to look for and diagnose these types of injuries in the aftermath of an auto accident.
Back and Neck Injuries – When motor vehicles collide, the impact frequently causes neck and back injuries for vehicle occupants. Conditions such as fractures, disc injuries, sprains, and spinal issues can result. Sometimes, accident victims assume they are simply a bit sore from the unnerving fender bender. This slight soreness could be an indication of a much more serious injury that can worsen over time without proper treatment. About 80 percent of Americans experience lower back pain that adversely affects their daily lives, so it is vitally important to quickly diagnose issues that could potentially lead to lifetime problems if untreated.
Head and Brain Injuries – Concussions, skull fractures, internal bleeding, or head lacerations are various forms of head or brain injury. Mild brain injury can produce the following symptoms: headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, fatigue, speech problems, and difficulty sleeping.
Burn injuries – Burns can occur in an auto collision from heat or fire, toxic chemicals, or electricity. Mild burns may heal quickly leaving little trace, but serious burns may require intensive, ongoing treatment with skin grafts or leave permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Broken Bones – The term fracture is also used when referring to a broken bone. When a fracture does not break through the skin nor adversely affect the surrounding area, it is called a closed fracture. If the broken bone pierces through the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. The age of a victim can affect whether he or she suffers a broken bone in a collision. The older a person is, the more likely he or she is to have a fracture.
Medical Records are Important
In order to effectively hold the other driver responsible for negligent behavior that caused your auto accident, it is vitally important to be able to produce medical records that document your injuries and the treatment you received following the accident. The medical costs associated with your medical care are expenses for which your attorney will request compensation from the negligent party. The accident report completed by law enforcement at the scene of the accident will also be included in the claims process.
If an accident victim does not see a doctor or get a medical diagnosis within two weeks of the car accident, it may be much more difficult for an attorney to prove the victim was hurt in the accident. In such cases, insurance companies typically argue that any claimed injuries presented themselves too far after the date of the accident and, therefore, must have another cause instead of the wreck. This reasoning and argument by insurance companies could ultimately alleviate them from any fault and force the victim to pay for all medical treatment received.
Because it is a very real possibility for insurance companies to use such a tactic, it can’t be stressed enough that auto accident victims should see a medical professional in a timely manner for diagnosis and treatment of injuries sustained in a wreck. This helps create a proper timeline and documentation of medical records for presentation to insurance companies. Collecting all the available evidence that helps prove the other driver was negligent will help you win your car accident lawsuit.
Should you Contact an Accident Attorney?
Most legal professionals and medical professionals suggest that an auto accident victim should receive medical attention right away. There is nothing to lose by having a doctor do a thorough exam, but there may be everything to gain. Hidden symptoms or problems could be detected by a physician or chiropractor.
If you are an individual who was injured by another driver’s negligence, you should seriously consider contacting a legal professional at The Eichholz Law Firm who will investigate what happened, put together a case using discoveries and your records, and pursue damages for your medical bills, treatments, and the pain and suffering you have experienced.
Our firm has been representing people just like you for many years, and we have the legal knowledge to help protect your rights in the court system and with insurance companies. You are just a number to giant insurance conglomerates, but you are a person to us – one who has been wrongfully injured by someone else’s negligence.
Give us the opportunity to help you recover what is rightfully yours, the compensation you deserve for the damages done to you.
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