It is the sad reality that car accidents often happen so quickly and are so traumatizing that a person’s adrenaline can mask the symptoms of an injury. Unfortunately, some of those injuries may be severe. In some cases, they may even be life-threatening. As such, it is recommended that every accident victim know the most commonly experienced delayed injury symptoms. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you learn about them and understand how to best manage your claim for compensation under the law.
Head and Brain Injuries
Of all the types of injuries a victim can sustain during an accident, those involving the head are among the most common. They are also one of the easiest to miss. Victims may not be aware of hitting their head, may lose consciousness, and often lack any open wounds. Further, it does not take an actual blow to the head to sustain a head injury; all that is needed is enough of a force to jar or shake the brain inside the skull. If you experience persistent headaches, changes in mood, personality, or physical function, or feel dizzy or lose consciousness, seek immediate medical help. You may have a head or brain injury.
Whiplash and Other Soft Tissue Injuries
Whiplash occurs when a sudden movement of the muscles in the neck, shoulders, and upper back area becomes torn, inflamed, or otherwise injured. The same can happen with other muscle groups, such as the lower back or arms. If you experience persistent pain, numbness or tingling in your extremities, headaches, or pinching in your neck or upper back, contact a healthcare professional for an appointment. Though the situation is not necessarily an emergency, failing to obtain treatment for whiplash and other soft tissue injuries can leave victims with severe and long-lasting problems.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Other Emotional Issues
Emotional issues, such as anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are common but underreported issues in auto accidents. Victims are often unaware that the bad feelings and negative emotions they are experiencing are linked to their accident. Those who make the connection may discount the severity of their emotional distress. In either case, the victim can experience debilitating issues, such as panic attacks, sleep disturbances, and severe depression – and all of them can limit the victim’s ability to work or their overall quality of life. If you suspect emotional issues after an accident, contact a mental health professional for treatment.
Our Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You Seek Compensation
If you or someone you love has experienced an injury in an auto accident, contact the team at Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. for legal assistance. Backed by many decades of combined experience and a commitment to protect your financial future, our experienced Green Bay car crash injury lawyers will fight to get you the most compensation possible. Schedule a free consultation to learn more. Call 920-739-7366 today.