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What do you know about treating seat belt contusions?

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2022 | Blog, Trucking Accidents

After getting into an accident with a commercial truck driver, you must treat several injuries to recover fully. While a contusion from a seat belt may not top the list of harm you endured in the collision, you still deserve to know how to treat it.

Fairview Health Services explains how to treat seat belt wounds after a truck accident. While building your case, learn the level of care you need to get back on your feet.

Home care

Depending on your contusion, your doctor could send you home with a few care instructions. Contusion patients usually benefit from using over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Some medical professionals suggest car crash victims talk to friends and family about the traumatic event to help them feel less anxious and overwhelmed.

Cold compresses help control inflammation and pain. Patients must only apply compresses to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time, and they must not apply ice directly to their skin. Instead, medical professionals recommend wrapping ice in a thin, clean cloth or towel.

Emergency medical care

Contusion patients must also recognize when they may require medical attention while recovering. Situations that could require professional intervention include worsening pain or swelling, spreading bruises, worsening or new symptoms, and experiencing additional bleeding or drainage.

Follow-up care

Your medical team may recommend you return for follow-up care. If so, prioritize making your appointments, so you protect your truck accident claim. Neglecting to receive recommended care could make the other side think you did not sustain serious injuries during the collision.

Take all your truck accident injuries seriously. After all, a “minor” injury could end in severe consequences if you do not follow your doctor’s orders.