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Delayed Symptoms After a Car Accident Can Be Signs of Serious Injury

Posted on in Car Accidents

McHenry County personal injury attorneyMore than six million auto accidents occur in the United States each year. In those crashes, over three million people are hurt. Some injuries are minor, but others can have a significant impact on the life of the victim. In fact, about two million per year suffer permanent injuries in car crashes, and sadly, not all of these severe injury victims will receive compensation. This is in part because far too many of them do not seek treatment until it is too late. If you experience an accident, it is important to know how to avoid the same troubling fate.

Adrenaline and Injury Symptoms

When a crash happens, those involved often experience a rush of adrenaline. This natural response to trauma can mask the symptoms of an injury, leading the victim to believe they are fine. Even more troubling is that, even when symptoms do start to manifest, victims frequently do not directly attribute them to the accident. If they continue to overlook the connection and never seek treatment, their risk for long-term complications and/or fatality can increase dramatically.

Symptoms That Could Indicate a Serious Injury

One of the biggest reasons that victims may not immediately attribute their delayed symptoms to an accident is that, at first glance, the symptoms might not seem very serious. For example, a simple headache after a crash could be an indication of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a blood clot, or brain hemorrhaging. Pain and stiffness in the neck or shoulder area—which might be written off as stress from the accident or simply being “shaken up”—could be an indication of whiplash. Back pain could indicate a herniated disc or damage to nerves or muscles.

Getting Treatment and Compensation for Your Injuries

The first step to ensuring you are compensated for your injuries is to make sure you receive prompt medical treatment. Even if you do not feel injured, it is a good idea to be examined by a medical professional as soon as is reasonable after your accident, starting with the responding paramedics on the scene. This documents the crash, and it connects any injuries that might arise later to that crash. Next, you should contact a qualified personal injury attorney. This will ensure that your rights are protected and that all factors and injuries are considered in your accident settlement.

Contact a Crystal Lake Car Accident Lawyer

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we understand just how devastating the effects of an auto accident can be. Dedicated to your best interests, our lawyers will carefully examine your case. We strive to ensure all negligent parties are held responsible, and we will fight aggressively to get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how we can assist with your case, schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced McHenry County car crash attorney. Call 815-338-3838 today.





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