After a car accident, injuries can either appear right away or gradually over time. It can be hard to tell if you’re injured directly after an accident because adrenaline and shock can mask your pain. Since you might not know that you’re injured right away, you should know what symptoms to be aware of so you know when your injuries might be serious or not. Regardless, you should seek medical attention directly after an auto wreck so you can be sure you’re treated for any injuries you might have.
While you focus on healing from an accident that you didn’t cause, you’ll need a Jackson car accident lawyer who can handle the legal side of things for you. At Pittman Roberts & Welsh, we know how hard an auto wreck can be. We’ll make sure your rights are protected and that you get compensation for your injuries and any other damages the negligent or reckless driver caused.
Common Car Accident Injuries and Their Symptoms
You can sustain injuries from even the most minor of auto collisions. It’s important you pay attention to your body and be aware of any new pain or discomfort after an accident so you know to seek medical attention. Nearly 3 million people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2017, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), so you could likely be one of those injured this year.
The most common car accident injuries are whiplash, other soft tissue injuries, cuts, bruises, broken bones, neck injuries, brain injuries, and emotional injuries. If you don’t know what to look for, you might assume you’re experiencing just general pain after your accident, but it could actually be worse than that. After your auto wreck, here are the symptoms of injuries to look for:
- Swelling anywhere, especially the abdomen
- Stiffness in your neck or body
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Numbness or tingling in your limbs
- Sleeping trouble
- Mood swings
- Re-experiencing the trauma
These symptoms could be signs of minor or severe injuries you suffered from the collision. Make sure you are evaluated by a medical professional right after an accident, especially if you notice you are experiencing any of these symptoms. If you wait too long, the symptoms could get worse, and your injury could progress into a chronic condition.
Seek Medical Treatment Right Away
As stated above, you should seek out medical treatment immediately after a car accident, whether you think you might be injured or not. By reporting all your symptoms to a doctor with honesty, they’ll be able to diagnose you with any injuries you might have. Even if you don’t think you are injured at first, going to the doctor right away can help you more effectively track any pain and injuries that could develop over time.
Not only does seeing a doctor help your physical and emotional health after a car accident, it also can help you later in your car accident claim. At first, you might feel overwhelmed with your medical bills after an accident that you didn’t cause. But by going to the doctor and getting documentation of all your physical and emotional injuries from the wreck, you are building proof for your case so you can recover financial compensation for the injuries that were not your fault.
A Jackson car accident lawyer from Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC can help you build your claim against the driver who caused your accident. Medical bills, mechanic costs, and lost wages can all contribute to you feeling financially unstable after an accident that wasn’t your fault, but you shouldn’t have to bear the burden of those costs. Our experienced legal team will fight to hold the driver accountable so you can get your life back to normal. Contact our office today so we can discuss your legal options.