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Could you suffer from internal bleeding and not know it?

The sound of crashing metal, the smell of antifreeze, gas and oil, and the feeling of pain as you are thrown around the cabin of your vehicle all indicate that you are in the midst of a car accident. When your vehicle comes to rest, you make a quick assessment of your situation and feel lucky to be alive.

You may even manage to get out of your vehicle. Even though you feel some pain, you don't think much of it because you expect it. After all, you were just involved in a car accident and don't seem to have any serious injuries. The problem is that many injuries may not show themselves right away.

Tripping or slipping is a common cause of brain injuries

A slip-and-fall accident typically happens quickly. One minute you are walking through the store looking for your favorite brand of cereal, and the next minute, you are on the floor. You may end up with a bruise on your hip or a sprained wrist from trying to catch your fall. Unfortunately, not every fall has such simple consequences.

Slipping or tripping can have catastrophic results, and it is not uncommon for a fall to result in serious, life-changing injuries. If you or a loved one has fallen because a property owner or manager failed to take reasonable safety precautions, you would do well to learn all you can about how to fight for your rights and pursue the justice you deserve in civil court.

Serious symptoms and effects of whiplash

Car accidents often cause whiplash, specifically rear-end collisions. If you feel the following symptoms after a car accident, you may have whiplash:

  • Neck pain
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

You may assume whiplash is a minor injury that will simply go away with time, medication and exercise. But that is often not the case. This neck injury can have long-lasting and severe complications. Some car accident victims develop chronic pain. This is why seeking medical care sooner rather than later, adhering to treatment plans and refusing lowball settlement offers are all crucial steps to take after a car crash.

The chronic impact of chest injuries

There is no limit to the injuries you may receive in a collision, but trauma to your chest can be life-changing. Not only can a broken rib restrict your mobility in the short term, but it can also lead to chronic pain you can never escape. The debilitating nature of these injuries is nothing to take lightly. 

Whether you were in a motor vehicle accident as a driver or pedestrian, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. A doctor can help you get back on your feet, and a proper analysis ensures you get the compensation you deserve.  

Mitigating the impact of traumatic brain injuries

Many people think of a brain injury as the result of a bump on the head. However, in a car accident, the sudden violent force can send the brain crashing into the inside of the skull, and because there was no obvious head trauma, the victim may not even realize that there is a problem.

If the blow to the brain was enough to bruise delicate tissues and tear blood vessels, the victim may have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Catastrophic injuries can remain hidden after a collision

Car accidents are scary occurrences no matter who you are. Senior defensive back Kris Boyd, a performer for the All-Big 12, sustained injuries after a car crash that occurred on Independence Day in Texas. While the players seemed fine at the scene, it is always important for people involved in collisions to remain cognizant of their health. 

In some cases, injuries from a motor vehicle accident will be readily apparent. People can sustain cuts and bruises and know immediately that they need to see a doctor. However, there have been plenty of cases where a victim's symptoms did not become apparent until days or weeks later. This is why everyone involved in a car crash should seek medical attention promptly after the incident. 

How catastrophic injuries affect your future

It is an unfortunate fact that oftentimes auto accidents result in catastrophic injuries. What is less known and considered, however, is the long-term impact of these injuries on a person's future. Although the immediate aftermath is apparent right away and brings its own unique challenges, once the dust settles and the injured party must move on with his or her life, enduring consequences become more apparent.

Because catastrophic injuries from auto accidents have both immediate and long-term impacts, it is important not to underestimate the compensation that the injured party deserves. Often, the best way to understand the full scope of the impact of a serious auto accident and the resulting injuries is by consulting with a skilled personal injury attorney who works with these cases.

Steps to take following a motorcycle accident

Motorcyclists face an increased risk on roadways. Data collected in 2015 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed how motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die on the road compared to passenger occupants in a standard automobile. Motorcyclists were six times more likely to suffer an injury. 

Since a motorcyclist is more exposed, there is a greater likelihood of catastrophic injury in the event of a collision. Following an accident, a motorcyclist needs to check for any injuries. Even if someone feels fine, it is still a good idea to see a doctor. Certain conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, may not manifest for weeks or months. After getting injuries examined, here are the steps to take. 

What should I know about spinal cord injuries?

Spinal cord injuries can result from sudden, severe trauma to the spine where the vertebrae are fractured or compressed.  Injured vertebrae can affect nerve fibers and disrupt the sensations passing through the injured area, thereby impairing your corresponding muscles and nerves. A prime example is how a severe neck injury can affect your ability to move your arms and, possibly impair your ability to breathe.  Severe injuries to vertebrae may also result in permanent paralysis.

Nearly 500,000 people live with permanent spinal cord injuries in the United States. About 10,000 new injuries occur each year, with a large majority involving men between the ages of 16-30. While much has been made about football collisions leading to spinal cord trauma, spinal cord injuries stem primarily from motor vehicle accidents.


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