When two heavy vehicles collide with each other, there is going to be some damage. Not only will there be damage to the vehicles, but there is also a good chance there will be damage to the people inside the vehicles. These injuries can be anything from a deep bruise on an arm, to a concussion or a broken limb. Whether the injury is minor or severe, short-term or long-term disability is always possible. People always immediately start thinking about how much it would cost to make a full recovery from an injury sustained in a car accident, but medical treatment is not the only burden causing financial stress after an accident. Car crashes can cause people to miss work, not able to perform daily functions, and can leave them feeling terrified of ever getting in a car again.
The most important thing to do after a car accident is to seek medical attention, document all of your injuries, and contact a personal injury attorney in the Baltimore, Maryland area so they can start building your case for you.
A lot of times, injuries that are the result of being in a car accident do not immediately show symptoms. Injuries like broken limbs, cuts, and external bleeding will be obvious and will warrant a trip to the hospital to be checked on and healed, but other injuries are not always this simple. If you have external or internal bruising or swelling, your symptoms could take hours or even days to appear. Signs of a concussion, whiplash, and other injuries to the head and neck also take time to appear after being in an accident. You could even have a small fracture of a bone and not realize it due to the adrenaline rush and shock you receive immediately following an accident. We here at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered always recommend giving your physician a visit after being in an accident whether you feel like you were injured or not. If you were injured and you do not receive treatment your damages could worsen. If paramedics are at the scene of your accident, have one of them check you out and inform them if you feel any pain at all or if you hit your head on anything. The paramedic may suggest going to the hospital. Your main focus should be your safety. The attorneys at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered can help you with recovering financial help for medical bills.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Whiplash & Cervical Injury: One of the most common injuries from car accidents – cervical injury – can range from the moderate neck pain caused by whiplash to paralysis caused by damage to the spinal cord.
Head Injury & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): As symptoms may not appear for days or weeks, head injuries are particularly serious—even resulting in brain damage or death.
Back Injury: Back injuries often result in prolonged recovery time and even paralysis due to damage to the spine.
Herniated Disc Injury: This is a serious disc injury that can occur in the Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine. Also, a herniated disc can cause pain and increase the risk of future back injuries.
Burn Injury: Although advances in medicine make most burns non-fatal, burn injuries often come with serious complications that lengthen recovery time and that can be expensive to treat. Burn injuries can also occur from an air bag deployment.
Paralysis & Spinal Cord Injury: Along with head injuries, spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis are the most serious of car accident injuries, often needing life-long, expensive treatment and care.
Internal Injuries: Caused by any number of accidents, including car, workplace, or industrial accidents, internal injuries can be especially serious if left unchecked.
Amputation Injuries: Like internal injuries, a variety of accidents can result in an amputation. Amputation injuries are grave, often deadly, and can cause life-long complications.
What to do After the Accident
When you go to the doctor, make sure to inform them of any pre-existing conditions you had as well as any pain or injury you have that was caused by the accident. It is important to tell the doctor all of this so he/she can take the right course of action in helping you recover, but it is also important in case you end up needing to pursue legal action in order to recover financial help for your damages. The doctor’s notes of what injuries were caused by the accident will be able to be used as evidence of your car accident injuries.
Even if you do end up needing to pursue legal action, your main focus should be your health and making a full recovery from your injuries. Make sure to consult your doctor if you have any more pain or if your condition is not improving. Follow all of the doctor’s instructions and make sure to give yourself time and the right environment to make a full recovery. If your doctor suggests you to take time off of work, make sure to have him/her right you a note.
If you miss time from work due to an injury, make sure to document how many days you missed and what that calculates to in lost wages. Also make sure to keep all of your medical paperwork in one place. Doing so will make building your case a lot easier if you pursue legal action.
Experienced Car Accident Lawyers
Our Maryland car accident lawyers handle all automobile accident cases and are willing to help you in your time of need. We will fight for what you deserve so you can focus on recovering from your injury. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, contact our experienced and dedicated Baltimore, Maryland, car accident attorneys. We have years of experience helping people like you get the compensation they deserve. The evaluation is free and confidential.