Many Injuries Are Hidden and Don’t Cause Pain Until Later
If you’re in an automobile, motorcycle, or truck accident there are many factors that will determine if you are injured, and how serious the injuries may be. Speed is obviously an important consideration but many serious injuries happen when the speed is relatively low. Safety devices like seat belts and airbags greatly reduce the chances of being injured, but they are not guaranteed to prevent all injuries.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in traffic crashes. If you’re in an accident and you feel like your neck or spine is “sore” please don’t just ignore it and figure it will go away later, because you might have whiplash, a very serious condition. The Mayo Clinic says:
“Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other trauma. Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Most people with whiplash get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and exercise. However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.”
We have seen whiplash victims experience serious pain for months and even years after the occurrence, and this is one of the reasons why an injury case should never be settled immediately without a thorough physical examination. Many people have medical expenses that are not covered when an insurance company attempts to settle for an inadequate lump sum. It’s best to get professional advice from an experienced personal injury attorney.
Concussions are also very common in automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents. The long-lasting effects from traumatic brain injuries can be persistent serious headaches, dizziness, vision deficiencies, and even personality changes including the manifestation of violent tendencies, depression, and more. Concussions don’t always “get better with time” as some people believe. Always take the time to fully diagnose the severity of head injuries and be prepared for long-term medical care and medications.
Bone Fractures are usually diagnosed by x-rays or other medical imaging methods and are usually healed over time. Sometimes however, especially in older victims, the healing is very slow and there can be complications. Once again, rushing into a settlement without all the facts can be very costly in the future.
Tendon and Ligament Injuries are often hard to identify and diagnose and may not manifest as serious problems until well after an accident. Consulting with an attorney who understands these injuries is prudent because you will be guided to the best medical specialists to find or rule out these often debilitating injuries.
South Florida Accident Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus
Protecting your rights is one of the primary jobs for a qualified personal injury attorney who thinks of things a victim may not. The Law Office of Lazarus and Lazarus is committed to checking for any and all injuries, including those that may be hidden. Our priority is to protect your rights and see that you heal physically, mentally, and financially. Please call us if you have questions at (954) 356-0006, we are here to help.