Imagine you’ve been in a car accident – you feel fine. The other person’s insurance gets ahold of you and you’ve already settled. Two days later, you start getting bad headaches and must see your doctor. Since you’ve already settled, the other insurance will not pay your medical bills and it results in you paying out of pocket. This doesn’t seem fair, right? If the accident isn’t your fault, you shouldn’t be forced to pay your own medical bills. All too often, people are injured and then settle before experiencing the long-term effects of their injury, leaving them out of luck. Take a look at the most common delayed injuries that could happen after you’ve been in a car accident so you know what to look for!
- Headaches – As a sign of a concussion, headaches and migraines should be brought up with your doctor. They can best examine your head to see if there has been any brain tissue damage.
- Neck/back pain – This could be the result of a spinal cord injury, so it is important to get this checked out and X-rayed as soon as possible.
- Stiffness – During a car accident, most people will lock up their muscles in anticipation of the collision. This results in the stiffness (often many days later) of those muscles repairing themselves.
- Bruising – One of the most common injuries that occurs during an accident, it can also be deceiving. While minor bruises probably aren’t anything to get worried about, if you have large or deep bruises, make sure to have a doctor take a look at them.
- PTSD – Physical injury is not the only injury that can happen. Especially in young kids, the emotional distress that happens after an accident can have a major effect on their well-being.
- Internal bleeding – Often not noticeable straight away, this is one of the most serious injuries that can occur. With the high possibility of death if not monitored, it is extremely important to go to the hospital if you have stomach pains after a car accident.
Getting checked out by your doctor should be one of the first things you do after an accident has occurred. Injuries can be easily hidden until days later because your body has not registered what is going on. Shock can take a while to wear off, so don’t be afraid to seek medical assistance just to be on the safe side.
If you believe that you have been cheated out of money damages from the opposing insurance company for lost wages or injury, contact a local attorney. Tad Morlan, a Springfield car accident attorney, has fought for and received justice for car accident victims for over 24 years. To see what Tad Morlan can do for your car accident case, call today.