What Are the Most Commonly Overlooked Injuries after a Car Accident?
Injuries can be commonly overlooked after a car accident because of the adrenaline and shock that affect your body. There can be a great deal to take in after an accident, including your personal injuries, the scene, your totaled car, and emergency medical care.
You may be feeling overwhelmed, and it can be common that your injuries are overlooked or undetected in the midst of everything you’re dealing with. Delayed injuries may still be subject to compensation, even delayed injuries that may take months for you to notice. There are four types of overlooked injuries that commonly go undetected after an accident.
Spine-Related Injuries Are Commonly Overlooked after a Car Accident
Back and spine pain can be common after a car accident, but the pain can stem from other serious internal damage to the spine. These injuries shouldn’t be overlooked because they can affect motor function. These injuries include:
- Spinal fracture
- Herniated disc
- Spinal cord damage
The spine and spinal cord are the control centers for the entire body. Nerve damage can cause serious injuries throughout the body but may not be noticeable immediately. You may also experience headaches and neck aches after a car accident which are a common sign of spinal injury.
Brain Injuries Are Commonly Overlooked after a Car Accident
If you hit your head severely in a car accident, serious damage can impact your brain. Serious symptoms of traumatic brain injury may not develop right away, be overlooked for a time, and go undiagnosed. Sometimes a whiplash injury with no direct impact to the head is severe enough to cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI) known as a “coup-contrecoup” brain injury. No matter the injury, treatment is necessary for a proper recovery. Some of the most routine symptoms of a traumatic brain injury are:
- Abnormal irritability and mood swings
- Memory issues
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Headaches and dizziness
- Sensitivity to light and noise
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can widely vary from mild to severe. If you believe you have experienced a traumatic brain injury, you should seek medical care right away for a neurological exam and imaging test that can determine how your brain is functioning and the severity of your injuries.
It’s important to remember that diagnostic testing in regard to brain injuries is constantly evolving, and sometimes legitimate brain injuries are not revealed by existing medical technology. We have successfully recovered compensation for clients whose diagnostic exams were inconclusive, yet they demonstrated clear signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. Our experience handling complicated brain injury cases, combined with the numerous experts we employ, uniquely equip us to pursue difficult TBI cases. If you believe you are suffering from a brain injury, it is important to be persistent with your medical care provider. If this injury resulted from someone’s negligent or careless behavior, consult with an experienced brain injury attorney as soon as possible.
Emotional Injuries Are Commonly Overlooked after a Car Accident
Emotional injuries such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) are often overlooked or undetected after a severe car accident. The stress of the incident can overshadow the emotions that can impact your life later after you’ve dealt with your accident.
If you’ve noticed a drastic change in mood or have emotional concerns after your accident, take the proper precautions by seeking medical care to get the treatment you need to achieve a better quality of life.
Internal Injuries Are Commonly Overlooked after a Car Accident
Internal organ damage can be life-threatening if left untreated. If you notice stomach or abdominal pain after a severe injury, seek medical attention promptly. The kidneys and liver are some of the most common organs impacted by a severe car accident, and symptoms can take time to appear.
Contact a California Personal Injury Lawyer after a Car Accident at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp.
A car accident can be severely detrimental to your body and your life if injuries are overlooked and not treated promptly after a severe accident. If you have suffered emotional and bodily injuries because of a neglectful driver, you deserve compensation for your injuries. For guidance with your claim, contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer.
Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. has over 25 years of experience in helping with complex personal injury claims. Attorney Eric Ratinoff is passionate about helping victims who have suffered due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness. He provides outstanding legal representation and always fights to obtain maximum compensation possible. To discuss your claim, call (916) 970-9100 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.