More than 5 million auto accidents occur in the United States each year. In those crashes, over 1.5 million people are injured. Some injuries are minor, but others can have a significant impact on the life of the victim. Sadly, not all of these severe injury victims will receive compensation. This is because far too many of them do not seek treatment until it is too late. If you experience an accident, know how to avoid the same troubling fate.
Adrenaline and Injury Symptoms
When a crash happens, victims are usually filled with 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 may 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 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, they may seem fairly harmless. 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, could be an indication of whiplash. Back pain could indicate a herniated disc or damage to the nerves or muscles of the spine.
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. This documents the crash, and it connects your injuries to that crash. Next, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. This will ensure that your rights are protected, and that all factors and injuries are considered in your accident settlement.
At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, 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 ask how we can assist with your case, schedule your free initial consultation with our Will County auto crash attorneys. Call 815-726-9200 today.