After an Accident – Common Injuries

As we mentioned before, after an accident, it is very important to visit a medical professional immediately. Your quick action will do much for the absolute best quality of life for you and your loved ones.

Even if you feel fine (after a high-stress incident, certain chemicals can sometimes mask pain and discomfort for a period of time), you’ll want to make sure to book a full examination. Not only is it important for your health, which we’ll detail further below, but, unfortunately, most insurance companies will assume that if you did not seek medical attention immediately, you couldn’t actually have been that injured- or even hurt at all. And this will greatly affect the financial reimbursement you can claim for your bills.

Of course, there are so many potential injuries and issues that could come from that significant of an impact – way too many to list here – but we’ve recorded a few below in hopes we might all be better aware and prepared in the unfortunate case of an accident.

Whiplash

While not actually a  medical term, we have all heard it as a lay term, used to describe an injury to the soft tissues of the neck. General symptoms include: neck/upper back/shoulder pain or stiffness, dizziness, burning or itching sensation in the neck, shoulders or arms. If left untreated, a victim might even notice some memory loss, sleep disturbances, fatigue or depression

Headaches

Especially ones lasting longer than a day or two

Soft Tissue Injury

These injuries would include a bruise, stretch or tear of soft tissue: muscles, ligaments (connect bones to bones) and tendons (connect muscles to bones). Symptoms are muscle aches and pains, joint pain, limited range of motion and flexibility in affected part of body

Brain Injury

Look out for seizures, loss of smell or taste, muscle spasticity, disorientation, double/blurred vision, speech impairment, migraines, balance problems, memory loss, trouble concentrating

Back/Spinal Cord Injuries

These injuries range from the top to bottom of your back. Thoracic Spine Injuries would be located in your upper back and are the most serious as they may result in permanent nerve damage. Lumbar Spine Injuries would be in your lower back and are particularly painful. Symptoms include limited movement, swelling, and bruising. Additionally, you might experience sudden and intense pain in your lower back, or numbness in the legs, due to herniated discs (cushions separating the vertebrae and spine).

Mental & Emotional Injuries

Not all problems experienced are physical alone. Such a traumatic event may induce emotional distress, fear, anger, anxiety, shock, and even PTSD in more severe cases.

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