When you get in an accident, you may not feel anything for a moment because of shock, but give it a couple of minutes and you begin feeling nauseous and dizzy.
Many people assume that if they feel fine after a car accident, they are fine. Or, they may experience what they would consider “mild” or “nuisance” symptoms and fail to attribute them to the accident.
Accidents happen, so make sure you know the medical and legal repercussions and symptoms that come along with a car crash before it happens so that you’re aware and prepared when it does. Be aware that If you’re in an accident and need medical health, you probably need legal help, too. Vehicle injury attorneys can help you get the support and compensation you need for you and your family’s injuries (both physical and mental) so that you can get the help you need.
Physical effects and injuries
Because of the physical jerking and movement that typically occurs during a car crash, your head and neck undergo a lot of strain.
Neck Stiffness and Pain
Feeling pain or stiffness in your neck could mean that you have whiplash. While this car accident injury is relatively common and is not fatal, if not properly treated it can lead to chronic pain and related issues throughout the rest of your life.
Headaches, Blurred Vision, or Nausea
Headaches, nausea, dizziness and blurred vision are important symptoms to be aware of. These feelings may be common after an accident, but they can often indicate more serious problems; taking precautionary measures to deal with them correctly could save you lots of pain and money down the road.
The mixture of a headache, blurred vision and nausea after a car accident are particularly important to pay attention to because it could mean that you have a concussion. Concussions are often simply observed until they heal, but receiving a precautionary medical examination of these symptoms following a crash can help doctors and medical professionals learn how to best help you recover and also give them the opportunity to catch more serious brain injuries such as bruising in the brain, which can progress rapidly and lead to devastating consequences.
Back pain after an accident can indicate a minor sprain or strain, or that the spinal cord was bruised during the accident. Seek out medical attention and expertise so that you can get a diagnosis and know how to best help your back-specific injury, whether it be extended physical therapy or surgery.
Feeling Faint or Weak
Lastly, don’t take feeling tired after a car accident lightly. Your body will naturally feel tired after your fight-or-flight adrenaline wears off, but if you feel faint or weak, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Unusual weakness after a car crash can be a sign of internal bleeding. Internal bleeding may not be noticed right away, but if your organs were injured during the collision, but the repercussions of the injury start right away and require emergency care (and sometimes surgery).
Mental and emotional effects and symptoms
Just like a car accident puts physical stress on your body, it also results in mental stress and injuries.
Mental and emotional injuries include emotional distress, anxiety, and shock which can result in lack of energy, mood swings and changes in sleep patterns. These mild cases of distress can be treated and dealt with in a relatively short amount of time, but there are also more complicated and long-term mental and emotional symptoms that follow a car accident and that require professional medical and psychological attention. These could include stress disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A recent study found that psychological and emotional distress have a negative impact on individuals who have physical injuries and are claiming compensation, so make sure that you receive the appropriate psychological care after your accident so that you can best cope with the connected legal process.
Recognize your current mental and emotional fitness at the time of your accident and be aware of long-term emotional impacts that may affect you later so that you can get the medical and legal help you need.
There is no direct relationship between the severity of car accidents and the severity of resulting injuries, and not all car accident injuries are obvious.
Take precautionary measures when it comes to your physical and mental health after a car accident. Visit a medical professional–even if everything appears to be ok–so that you can be aware of any symptoms and injuries that might have been caused. Once you’ve received the necessary immediate medical attention, make sure you receive the necessary legal attention you need as well.
If someone else’s negligence or carelessness caused or contributed to the crash that injured you, the expenses related to your accident—both to your property and yourself—may not be your burden to bear.
Idiart Law will help you determine if someone else was at fault for the collision and will help to bring forward a claim for compensation. Idiart seeks the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries, whether it be through mediation, arbitration, or litigation.
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