When people think about car accidents, they often imagine one of two extreme situations: either a fender bender or fatal crash. However, most collisions fall somewhere between being a minor scrape and a major catastrophe.
In these situations, injuries may not be obviously severe, but there is likely some amount of pain victims experience. In this post, we will briefly examine a few types of common injuries that may not seem serious right away, but they have the potential to be or become more serious than people expect.
Headaches are common after car crashes. While some will subside after a few days and with the help of some rest and aspirin, other headaches could persist. This could be a sign of a more serious condition, like a concussion or even a possible blood clot.
When your body is thrown from back-to-front or side-to-side in a crash, your back can easily be injured. In some cases, back pain goes away with some rest, ice and compression. However, back pain can linger on long after a crash if the damage is serious and is not treated properly.
Mood or personality changes
Car accidents can change a person’s emotional and psychological well-being. People might experience anxiety or depression. Problems can develop with memory and impulse control, and people’s personality can go through changes. In some cases, these conditions could be the result of a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Stay alert in the days and weeks after a crash
These and similar injuries could be more serious than people expect, but they get dismissed because they might seem minor or they don’t show up right away. In fact, days or weeks could pass before symptoms appear.
Before you make any decisions regarding your injuries and any compensation you may be in a position to collect, it can be crucial to talk to your doctor and consult an attorney. Accepting less than you deserve could be a costly mistake, so don’t be afraid to take your time to assess your medical condition and explore your legal options before agreeing to anything.