Why You Need to Get Medical Treatment After a Car Crash

In the minutes and hours that follow a car crash, you may be unsure of whether or not you are in pain. You may be in shock, unable to determine whether you are seriously injured. Many times, car accident victims leave the scene believing they are fine, only to wake up with debilitating injuries days later. Regardless of whether you think you were severely injured, you need to seek medical attention immediately and speak to an attorney about your rights.

At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we represent people who have been injured in car accidents throughout Alabama. Our experienced legal team has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the largest possible recovery. If you have been injured in a car accident in Mobile, contact our office at (251) 432-6691 for a free consultation. 

Here are 5 car accident injuries that are commonly overlooked:

  1. Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occur after a car accident, particularly after rear-end collisions. Unfortunately, it is one that is often missed. According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals who suffer whiplash or a neck injury caused by a “forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement” may have several symptoms, including stiffness, loss of range, blurred vision, and memory problems. 

The signs and symptoms of whiplash may not come on immediately. It can take days for a person to feel the pain, tingling, or numbness often associated with the condition. Any discomfort around the head or neck should be a cause for concern and warrants medical attention.

  1. Head Injuries

In addition to neck injuries, like whiplash, injuries to the head are often missed after a car accident. Traumatic brain injuries such as concussions can be overlooked in the chaos that normally follows a sudden accident. 

  1. Spine Injuries

Because few people have time to brace themselves before the impact of a collision, spine injuries are also common. A dull ache in your back can be a sign of a serious spinal injury such as a herniated disc. Left untreated, any damage to the spinal cord could result in long-term health problems. It is important to not only seek medical treatment but to also discuss all of your injuries with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

  1. Internal Bleeding

Some accident-related injuries are obvious, such as cuts and lacerations, but others are internal. Injuries such as internal bleeding are harder to detect, making them dangerous. As discussed on Healthline, signs of internal bleeding may include but are not limited to dizziness, abdominal pain, weakness, vomiting, or severe headache.

  1. Bone Fractures

Finally, while most people would assume that a broken bone would be evident, tiny fractures can be harder to notice. In a car accident, your body undergoes extreme trauma but it is not always clear all of the places that were impacted by the collision. Fractures can easily occur in your face, head, and extremities without being readily apparent. 

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If you were involved in a car accident, contact our office at (251) 432-6691 to schedule a free consultation. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve after an accident. Call now to determine your legal options.