If you have a car or truck accident, go get yourself checked out. I can not tell you how many clients have told me that they did not feel too bad after an accident, and then weeks or months later they are in severe pain.
Now I have a law license and not a medical one, but I have seen this so much that I think it is true. After an accident there is a rush of adrenalin that can mask a lot of the pain. Nature is great about helping us heal, but this does not mean you are not injured.
Here are some other injuries that might go unnoticed until after you leave the scene of an accident.
Most common are injuries to muscles and tendons. Think whiplash. These injuries don’t show up on x-rays; it is easy for medical professions to overlook them. Remember, you have just been jolted … perhaps severely. That quick jerking motion is going to have an impact. Aside from the pain, look for areas of swelling. This is often a sign of internal injury.
Post traumatic stress can accompany a traffic accident. Not all injures are physical. Look for situations like depression, changes in personality and anxiety.
Numbness and tingling can also be signs of more severe injuries. I strongly suggest you do not ignore these changes in your physical condition.
Having a doctor or other medical professional evaluate you can mean a lot to your recovery and your potential case. Refusing to go the hospital or saying that you are not seriously injured can hurt your ability to get the money you need to get better.
If you are hurt in a traffic accident or suffer a personal injury, you can talk to us at the Law Firm of Eiland and Ritchie for free. We want to help you get back on your feet.
Also join us on NBC 15 LawCall here in Mobile every Sunday night at 10:30 right after the news. We will take your calls live.
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