Being involved in an auto accident can be a traumatizing experience, but the most important thing to do following the accident is to take care of yourself and seek medical attention. Depending on the severity of the crash, you may have sustained anywhere from mild to severe injuries. Even if you have passengers in your vehicle at the time of the collision, you need to ensure your own safety before turning your attention elsewhere.
Some symptoms may present themselves immediately, giving you a clear indication that you need to seek medical assistance. Head injuries are some of the most dangerous injuries you could suffer during an accident. Especially in high-speed collisions, your head could hit a window, your dashboard, or steering wheel with enough force to cause a traumatic brain injury, or even fracture your skull. The more severe the impact, the more apparent your injury may present itself. In some cases, the impact could be enough to knock you unconscious or even put you in a coma.
Whiplash is another common injury you could suffer from following a collision, and can cause serious ligament and muscle damage in your neck. Common symptoms include swelling and general neck pain, and more severe symptoms can include vocal cord paralysis. Other injures like broken bones and lacerations can also be easily recognizable as issues that require immediate medical assistance. Not all injuries are so clear, so it’s important to be cautious and consider all possibilities when deciding to seek help.
Not all of your injuries may be readily apparent following an accident. Some injuries that have delayed effects or symptoms that could be overlooked include traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, collapsed or punctured lungs, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These issues could be missed or brushed off due to shock following the collision, or even because you’re more worried about your passengers. Many of these injuries get worse the longer you wait to get them treated, and some can even lead to death if not addressed immediately.
While your health is the most important thing to take care of following an accident, there are legal reasons to seek immediate medical attention. The sooner you see a doctor, the easier it will be to prove that the injuries you sustained were caused by the crash. When you go to seek assistance, make sure to take pictures of any visible injuries, and document any pain or symptoms you notice following the accident.
This is especially important in cases where the collision was the fault of someone else. In cases like this, it’s also important to seek legal assistance following your medical checkup. At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa personal injury lawyers are committed to helping our clients receive the financial compensation they deserve following an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured through the negligence of another person, contact us today through our website to request a case consultation, or call us to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys.