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What Type of Car Accident Injuries Are There?
Car accidents may be very traumatic, even if they are small fender-benders. Car accidents affect both the victim’s mental and physical well-being. For some small accidents, victims may not become aware of their physical injuries until some time after the accident. There are various reasons as to why your body cannot instantly process the physical injuries instantly after an accident. Thus, it is very important to monitor the victim’s physical state after the accident even if the victim believes he is well.
The Adrenaline and Endorphin Effect
Your brain tends to produce adrenaline and endorphin after a traumatic event to protect your body. Your brain is then rushed with energy to continue what it needs to do to find a safe haven. Moreover, it blocks any pain that you may be feeling. This is similar to athletes who do not even notice their sports injuries until well after their games.
Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue damage is any injury to parts of the body that is not the bone, and mainly muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Soft tissue damage may not show right away. In some cases, it takes days or even weeks. And because soft tissue damage does not affect the bones, any damage will be hard to diagnose without any symptoms. The x-ray diagnosis method for car accidents is used to check for bone damage, and not soft tissue damage. And if left untreated, soft tissue damage will worsen and become untreatable. Hence, it is very important to closely monitor any aches and pains, and go to the doctor afterwards.
The most common soft tissue damage relating to car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash is the sudden forceful motion that your neck goes forward and then pushed backward by your seatbelt.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident
Aside for aches and pains, your brain may suffer damage. As your skull protects your brain, any brain swelling and excessive fluids will not be noticed with the naked eye. Thus, it is important to closely monitor the symptoms, and seek medical assistance once displayed. Common symptoms include:
· Blurred vision
· Cloudy thinking
· Lack of balance
· Inability to concentrate
· Lost of short-term memory
· Lack of energy
· Abnormal sleep patterns
Getting Medical Attention
When you feel any discomfort, it is important to go see a doctor. If you do end up making an insurance claim against the person who caused the car accident, the insurance adjuster will ask to see your medical documentation. Additionally, if you wait too long to see a doctor, your injuries may disappear. Or even worse, your injuries get aggregated and you suffer from more pain that you would have if you received proper treated.
Consulting an Attorney
Before you settle with a car insurance company, you should consult a car accident attorney to determine whether you are being offered a good settlement. Moreover, an attorney can help you negotiate your settlement. Insurance companies prey on victims who do not know their rights and attempt to settle for a lesser amount.
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Last Modified: 07-21-2015 11:14 PM PDT
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