4 Car Accident Injuries You Might Not Realize You Have
After a car crash, many accident victims are left to contend with severe injuries. However, those that come away from the collision seemingly unharmed often experience delayed injury symptoms after the accident. Injuries can appear days or weeks after an accident, and can be masked by other injuries or problems at first. Those who suffer latent or delayed accident injuries often question whether it’s possible to prove their injuries were caused by the accident, and if they have grounds to hold the negligent party accountable for their losses.
At Knutson + Casey, our talented car accident attorneys understand the ins and outs of Minnesota’s auto accident laws, and we are ready to apply our extensive knowledge and skills to your unique case. We have more than 30 years experience fighting for our client’s rights, and achieving great outcomes for them. Our attorneys pride themselves on leaving no stone unturned as we investigate your accident, and work to build a strong case on your behalf.
Common Delayed or Invisible Injuries Following a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car accident in Minnesota, seek professional medical attention as soon as possible. Many injuries that seem minor immediately following the accident could worsen over time if not treated promptly by a doctor. Also, insurance companies may question why you did not go to a doctor right away, if you were injured, and possibly deny your claim. Medical records are your proof of injury for insurance companies. Additionally, your doctor may be able to identify any hidden or latent injuries and treat them before they begin to wreak havoc on your life. A few common delayed or invisible injuries car accident victims in Minnesota experience include the following:
Often, car accident victims do not begin to feel the first symptoms of whiplash until several days after the collision, as the resulting inflammation can take many hours to fully manifest. Whiplash occurs when a violent jolt to your body causes your head to whip forward and backward. You may be experiencing whiplash if you suffer from neck pain, stiffness, or limited range of motion following your accident.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue refers to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments under your skin. While some damage to the soft tissue, such as cuts or lacerations, are easily observable, other less visible injuries may have a delayed onset of symptoms. Sprains and strains may not be noticeable until after your accident and may cause victims to suffer muscle spasms, headaches, and loss of mobility after their collision.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
Mild TBIs, often called closed head injuries or concussions, can have delayed symptoms that may not present themselves until days or weeks after your accident. Despite being classified as “minor,” TBIs concussions may cause severe symptoms and significantly impact your life. Some signs to watch out for in the days following your accident include headaches, insomnia, and memory loss, or friends and family telling you that you have changed. Frequently, those with closed head injuries are unaware of their problems, as lack of awareness is also a symptom. If you suspect you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible, and to talk to an attorney.
Mental Health Issues
Not all car accident injuries are physical, and mental health injuries often take a significant toll on victims in the wake of a severe collision. Even if you walk away from your accident feeling happy and grateful to be alive, symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD may manifest after your brain has time to process what happened to you. Mental health issues should be taken seriously and treated by a skilled professional.
Speak to a First-Class Car Accident Attorney at Knutson + Casey
The award-winning attorneys at Knutson + Casey know the challenges of recovering from a car accident, and how delayed injuries may impact your health and personal injury claim. We have an established track record of helping delayed injury victims pursue the maximum amount of compensation, for the full extent of their accident-related losses. Our firm has the vast resources of a large law firm, with the caring and personalized approach you expect from local attorneys. We have the experience, skills, and compassion to fight for you, with insurance companies that often do not care, or simply try to put you off.
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