Recovery from a car crash can be a long and complicated process. Often it’s hard to know exactly what is best to help your body to heal, and it can be understandably frustrating when recovery doesn’t come quickly. Due to this, it is important to be informed on what injuries can come from an auto accident and ways in which you can help your recovery.
At The Law Place, we recognize how difficult the recovery process can be, and we want to make it as seamless as possible. If the car accident occurred as the result of another person’s negligence, then you may be able to make a claim and get compensation to aid your recovery. We can offer you a free consultation with one of our dedicated personal injury lawyers and provide you with legal advice on your personal situation.
For your free consultation, contact The Law Place today at (941) 444-4444.
What Symptoms Should I Look Out for After a Car Accident?
There are several serious car accident injuries that are not visible to the naked eye. Due to this, it is important to understand what symptoms could be caused by a serious injury.
Pain in your abdomen after a car accident can be indicative of soft tissue injuries and internal bleeding. If you are experiencing severe stomach pain, it is extremely important that you see a doctor so that any internal bleeding can be identified and immediately treated.
Neck, Shoulder, or Back Pain
Pain in your neck, shoulders, or back can result from a number of car accident injuries. This includes whiplash, strains, herniated discs, and other spinal cord injuries. It is necessary to get medical attention for these issues as soon as possible, as neck and back issues, especially if left untreated, can lead to lesser mobility and potentially the quality of life in the long term.
Numbness and Tingling
Numbness and tingling (often described as ‘pins and needles’) can also be symptoms of spinal cord injury. They can also be the result of injury to the nervous system, such as a trapped nerve.
Head Pain, Dizziness, and Nausea
Head pain on its own after a car accident may not indicate anything too serious. However, if it is accompanied by symptoms such as dizziness and nausea, then it is important that you see a medical professional. This is because there is potential that you are suffering from a concussion or other traumatic brain injury.
What Are Common Car Accident Injuries?
Whiplash is a neck and back injury that often happens to those involved in car accidents as it is caused by the forceful backward and forward movement often experienced by those in car accidents.
Whiplash does require treatment, but if this is followed, it will usually get better within a few weeks, although it can sometimes cause long-term issues such as chronic pain.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries refer to damage to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It includes quite a wide range of injuries, from a bruise to a strain to tendonitis. These are often caused by violent and unexpected movements, hence why they are common in car accidents.
Generally, soft tissue damage does not require any specialist treatment from a medical professional. However, like any injury, if you are feeling severe pain or other symptoms, such as numbness or tingling, then it is best to get your injury checked out, just to make sure that it’s nothing more serious.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are injuries to the brain caused by sudden, violent movement of the head or a blow to the head. It is especially important that you see a medical professional if you have a suspected traumatic brain injury. This is because, whilst you may feel like your symptoms are minor at first, the nature of brain injuries means that they can become more severe over time if not treated correctly.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are injuries to the spine and the nerves within and around it. These are common in victims of car accidents. It is important to visit a doctor if you have a suspected spinal cord injury, as the spinal cord is responsible for sending messages between the body and the brain.
Mental Health Problems
Due to the traumatic nature of a car accident, it is common to suffer a decline in mental health following the event. Examples of mental health disorders often suffered after a car accident are depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is just as important to take care of your mental health as much as you take care of your physical health. So if you find that your mental health is declining after a car accident, it is important that you see a medical professional.
What Can I Do to Help My Recovery From My Car Accident Injuries?
The healing process after a car accident can be long and frustrating. Due to this, it is useful to know how you can speed up your recovery so that you can go back to living as normally as possible sooner.
Get Professional Medical Care
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. This is because many injuries that come from car accidents either don’t present themselves immediately or get worse over time. A doctor can identify these injuries and help to begin treatment before they develop into something worse.
Your doctor will prescribe you a treatment plan for your injuries, including medications and physical therapy, and it is important that you follow this in order to recover as soon and as fully as possible. If you feel that your treatment plan isn’t effective, then make sure to talk to your doctor about making changes rather than stopping it altogether.
The nature of some injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, means that you may be in pain for a substantial amount of time after a car accident, even if you are receiving treatment. It is, therefore, useful to use whatever methods you can to try and manage this pain and allow you to go about your life as normally as possible.
If your pain is particularly bad, your doctor may prescribe you medicines such as painkillers or muscle relaxants. Other ways in which you can help manage your pain is to get plenty of rest and use hot and cold compresses.
As part of your treatment plan, your doctor may prescribe you a course of physical therapy or give you recommendations for exercises and a stretching routine to do. Whilst it may be tempting to only rest, it is important to incorporate regular movement into your routine to prevent your joints and muscles from becoming too weak and stiff. Make sure not to push yourself beyond your doctor’s recommendations, as this can have a detrimental effect on your injuries.
In order to aid your body in its healing process, it is important to fuel it in the best way possible through a healthy diet and good hydration. This is easy to forget as the pain you may be experiencing, as well as focusing on the other aspects of your recovery, can distract you from eating as healthy as possible. If you feel this way, then ask your doctor for recommendations on your diet.
What Damages Can I Recover As a Result of My Car Accident Injuries?
If your car accident injury has come as a result of the negligence of another person, then you may be able to hold them liable and claim compensation. There are a number of types of damages which you can claim after your car accident, such as:
- Medical bills (both for the past and the future).
- Loss of wages (past and future).
- Property damage.
- Pain and suffering.
- Physical impairment and disfigurement.
Injuries caused by a car accident can greatly impact your quality of life and your ability to work. It is important that you stick through the treatment process and make a complete recovery. Compensation can help you through your accident recovery and take some stress off your shoulders in terms of your financial circumstances.
Contact The Law Place About Your Car Accident Injuries Today!
At The Law Place, we recognize how crucial compensation can be whilst you recover from your injuries after a car accident. It is important to us that you are not burdened by financial difficulties when you need to be focusing on recovering from your injuries.
Our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers want to help you with your recovery. If you call us, we can offer you a free consultation with a member of our team where they offer you legal advice on pursuing a personal injury case. We want to bring you justice and allow your recovery time to run as smoothly as possible.
To book your free consultation, call us today at (941) 444-4444.