When you’re in an auto accident, injuries can take days or even weeks to manifest — especially if you suffered whiplash or another type of neck or head injury.
If you suffer injuries that go undiagnosed, you could experience health problems later that require expensive treatment. Having a full medical evaluation after a car crash, even if you don’t believe you were hurt, will help ensure that problems aren’t overlooked.
The Hidden Dangers of Auto Accident Injuries
Depending on the type and severity of a car crash, you and your passengers could walk away relatively unscathed. But even with today’s advanced automotive safety features, what seems to be a relatively minor car crash — such as a rear-end collision — can result in severe damage to your spine and the soft tissues of the neck and back.
Sometimes, accident victims may feel like they’ve gotten by without a serious injury, only to discover later that they suffered tissue or nerve damage. Unless you have a full medical evaluation after a crash, serious problems may go undiagnosed until much later when the symptoms manifest and begin to affect your life.
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, back or arms
- Hearing and vision problems
- Jaw pain
Also note if you experience any cognitive problems or issues with concentration, as these could indicate a potential concussion or brain injury.
How to Determine Whether You Suffered an Auto Accident Injury
Broken bones and visible injuries are easy enough to identify. Emergency medical technicians will provide aid and bring you to the hospital or emergency room, where doctors will perform testing and provide treatment.
When you walk away from a crash feeling relatively healthy, however, you may not even ask to see paramedics or visit the ER to get checked out. This is how serious injuries such as whiplash get missed.
If you’re involved in even a seemingly minor car crash, ask to have the paramedics called, no matter who you believe was at fault. Once they’ve checked you over at the scene, either go to the ER or schedule a visit with a doctor immediately. This will help ensure that no latent injuries go undiagnosed.
The Importance of Having an Auto Accident Injury Lawyer
An injury accident lawyer can direct you to the resources you need for a full medical evaluation and comprehensive treatment. Your attorney can also talk to the insurance company on your behalf, protecting your legal rights to seek financial compensation.
No matter who you believe was at fault in a car crash, talk to an attorney before you give any statements or accept any settlement offers. An auto accident injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for your medical bills and lost wages, if your injuries forced you to miss work. If you have more serious injuries that will require future care, your lawyer can include those in your claim, along with any other economic damages you suffered.
Rex B. Bushman, attorney at law, serves injury accident victims in Provo, Utah, and the surrounding communities. His more than four decades of experience means he has the background and experience you need on your side. Contact us today if you would like to schedule a complimentary legal consultation to discuss your auto accident injuries.