Being involved in a car accident was traumatic, but you got through it relatively unscathed. Or did you?
Sometimes people can suffer injuries that are not immediately obvious, especially after a car accident. While these injuries may be hidden, they are just as serious. But if your injury is hidden, how can you find it before it becomes too serious?
Common hidden injuries
Being aware of potential injuries is a good first step toward identifying them. Here are four types of injuries people suffer from after a car accident, that do not always present themselves immediately:
- Head and brain injuries – concussions, TBI, whiplash
- Knee injuries – torn meniscus, fractures, shattered knee caps
- Shoulder injuries – tears, strains, deep bruising
- Mental/psychological injuries – PTSD, prolonged phobias, stress, anxiety
What should you do?
Since these injuries are not always obvious, it may be difficult to figure out what to do. What are the right actions to take?
You should see a doctor after being involved in any sort of accident, no matter how seemingly small. Having a medical professional check you out gives you a better chance of detecting a hidden injury. Brain injuries, especially can become serious and even fatal if gone unnoticed for too long. It is better to take extra precautions than not enough.
Should your physician find any injuries, you may want to seek compensation for your injuries. If they are significant enough you could risk losing wages and face serious medical bills. Speaking with an experienced attorney who can help you figure out your situation can help.