Car accidents may cause injuries that are not obvious and do not cause any pain for several hours or even days afterward, and some of these can completely immobilize a victim once they set in. Soft tissue injuries, commonly called whiplash, sometimes cause intense pain throughout the neck, back and torso of a victim, but only after they leave the scene of the accident and take a rest.
When whiplash sets in, a victim may feel shooting pain throughout several areas of their body, and may not even be able to move. For most people, being able to move without agonizing pain is an important part of doing their jobs, and whiplash can make it virtually impossible to work and bring in income.
Even though whiplash does not usually leave a victim with permanent disability or pain, full recovery can take weeks or months. If you experienced a car accident that left you with whiplash, make sure that you understand your legal options for seeking full compensation and keeping your rights secure.
A full medical examination may save your life
Whiplash is one of the most common delayed pain injuries, but there are many others. Some delayed pain injuries are fatal if left untreated, so it is never wise to assume you did not suffer injuries after a car accident, even if you don't feel any pain or see other evidence of harm.
As soon as you can, you should see a qualified medical professional who can give you a medical examination. During the examination, which carefully looks at your whole body to identify hidden injuries, they may find other injuries that have not yet caused any pain or shown other symptoms, such as internal bleeding, organ damage, or nerve and spinal column damage. Without proper care, these injuries can become life-threatening, and bring massive medical expenses with them.
It is also important to ask the doctor or other medical professional to look for any signs of a head injury. Mild traumatic brain injuries are easy to overlook, and by the time they cause any symptoms, you may not remember hitting your head at all.
These symptoms can include negative changes in a victim's personality, ability to perform simple tasks and ability to understand what they read or hear. If a victim suffers a head injury and does not realize it, the symptoms may cost them their job or even their closest personal relationships.
Protect your future today
Whether you suffer several delayed pain injuries in an accident or only received whiplash, you may have a long road to recovery ahead of you. Protecting your legal rights and pursuing fair compensation is an important part of recovery, allowing you to focus on the physical aspects of healing that only you can do.
Don't hesitate to use strong legal resources and guidance as you need them to protect yourself while you work to move past your injuries and back to good health.