What symptoms should I look for after a car accident?

Question:

What symptoms should I look for after a car accident?

Answer:

After a car accident, the symptoms you might experience can be as varied as the kinds of injuries that are possible, and those can run the proverbial gamut in terms of seriousness and the areas of your body that are affected.

In general, pay attention to what your body is telling you. Even the slightest tinge of pain or discomfort can be a warning sign that you’ve been injured, perhaps even seriously injured. Remember that a car accident is a traumatic event, and after a crash your body releases endorphins that can mask the pain that would otherwise stem from injuries, sometimes for hours or even days after an accident.

So, what should you look for? Be especially mindful of dizziness, nausea, headaches, and disorientation, which could all be evidence of head or brain injuries like concussions.

Any numbness, tingling sensations, stiffness, weakness, or limited mobility in your neck or back, or at your joints (knees, elbows) could also be evidence of soft tissue injuries or other sprains or strains that require medical attention.     

If you’re experiencing any unusual physical symptoms after a car accident, the first thing you should do is get medical attention. It’s better to be overly cautious and thorough, rather than just assuming that you’re okay and telling yourself “it’s nothing.” This is obviously important for your general well-being.

But it’s also important in terms of your legal rights. If you are seriously injured and you end up filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident, one thing that will definitely help your case is your ability to show that you required (and sought) medical treatment shortly after the accident.

The extent of your injuries, the nature of the medical treatment you received, and your prospects for recovery are all significant factors in the value of a car accident claim. So, paying attention to symptoms of potential injury and getting the right treatment are keys to your case.      

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