The damage after a serious car accident is often easy to see. There is the damage to your vehicle and debris scattered across the road; you might see cuts and broken bones.
However, there are damages suffered in a crash that are not as visible, especially in the immediate aftermath of the accident. Below, we examine some types of car accident injuries that you may not see right away.
- Chronic pain: Even if you feel pain after a crash, you won’t know you have chronic pain until efforts have been made to treat your injuries and your body has had time to heal. After that, you might find that your pain is not going away and it may not ever fully go away.
- Delayed injuries: Some accident injuries do not show up until days or even weeks after the crash. This could be the case with injuries like whiplash.
- Injuries that get worse: You might feel okay after an accident and report only some minor back pain, for instance. However, crash injuries can get much worse over time, especially if they are not treated properly.
- Emotional damage: Symptoms like depression, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders and feelings of isolation can be devastating. However, these damages can be easy to overlook initially because they are difficult to see and may not be visible for some time after a traumatic event.
Because your injuries could be worse than you think, it is important that you seek medical attention and understand your legal options before accepting a settlement after a crash. The fact is, these settlements may not reflect the true extent of the damages you have suffered, and you could be eligible to collect more than what is offered to you.
If you are hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent party, then you deserve compensation for the full extent of your injuries. To understand your situation and the remedies that may be available, it can be wise to consult an attorney.