If you’ve been in a motor vehicle collision, and there are visible signs of injury, or you feel dazed, dizzy or weak or in pain, there are both medical and legal reasons why you need to get to be treated or examined right away. Sometimes, you may feel fine, but have internal injuries you are unaware of, making it important to visit a doctor following an accident. Common motor vehicle crash injuries include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Concussions are the most common type of traumatic brain injuries. The rapid whiplash action from the force of a motor vehicle impact is a typical cause of concussions. Sometimes the victim doesn’t notice symptoms of the brain injury, but friends and family do. Concussion symptoms can last for days to a few years, depending on the severity.
Spinal cord injuries
Disc material or ligaments can bruise the spinal cord and cause interference with the nerve cells that transmit signals from the brain to the body. Body parts might be interfered with and not function properly. Spinal cord injuries are serious and need to have specific treatment for the best outcome.
Arm and leg injuries
The same forces that violently propel your head and neck propel your extremities too. Extremities can hit the inside of a car. Impact injuries and fractures to arms, hands and legs are common.
An impact from any direction can cause your neck to overly extend and flex. You might only feel minor pain at the accident scene, but it often manifests itself a day or two later. Neck range of motion becomes limited. More serious symptoms involve severe neck, arm and finger pain and weakness. Surgery may even be required.
Lumbar spine injuries
What happens in the neck can also happen in the lumbar spine. Symptoms include pain across the lower back and down the front or back of one or both legs. Surgery might be required for a lumbar spine injury too.
If you’re injured in an accident, and you intend on seeking compensation for your injuries, it’s important that you establish that you sought medical help a short time after the crash. While professionals like those at Sarkisian, Sarkisian & Associates PC can help make sure you get the compensation you deserve, it’s important to go to all of your medical appointments.