If you drive a car on a regular basis, there’s a chance you’ll experience at least one vehicle accident in your lifetime. While car accidents are common, they should not be treated lightly. Aside from financial issues, car accidents can result in injuries that become life-long problems if they’re not addressed quickly enough.
It’s vital that you receive medical attention as soon as possible following a car accident. The next step following a thorough check-up is to contact a reliable attorney with experience handling car accident cases.
Injuries in Minor Accidents
For severe car accidents, the EMS will likely be called to the scene. However, collisions deemed minor won’t necessarily include medical personnel. If you are in a fender bender, you may not immediately feel anything wrong with your body; the focus may be on the stress of the situation. However, not all injuries are immediately apparent.
When we experience stressful or life-threatening situations, our bodies release chemicals that minimize pain. This response is meant to keep us going until we are able to get to safety. Because of this, when people are in accidents, they often don’t realize the extent of their injuries, or that they are injured at all.
Seeking Medical Attention
Because your senses may be unreliable after a car accident, you may need to seek immediate medical attention to determine the true extent of your injuries. This will be beneficial to your health and to your case if you need to sue.
If you are injured, it is important to have it on the record that this injury was a direct result of your car accident. While you may not notice it immediately, you may experience long-term health consequences. These long-term health issues can result in piles of medical bills that may strain your finances.
Sometimes it takes days or weeks for people to register their injuries following an accident. Even if you aren’t feeling symptoms, it’s better to be safe and certain about your condition.
Some common hidden injuries that result from car accidents include the following:
- Neck injuries like whiplash
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal damage
Symptoms to watch out for include but are not limited to headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, unusual fatigue, ringing in your ears, and extreme soreness. If anything feels wrong, medical care can protect your life and give you evidence for your car accident claim.
Talk to a Lawyer After Medical Care
If you have already sought medical attention, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer next. This will ensure that you don’t make any mistakes that could affect a personal injury claim if you choose to file one.
Personal injury claims are used to get compensation for medical expenses that aren’t covered by insurance, and circumstances that can’t be easily expressed in monetary terms, like pain and suffering.
At Lopez & Humphries, PA, we have the experience you need on your side. If you have been involved in an accident and would like to get the compensation you deserve, call today at 863-709-8500 or fill out the following online contact form.