McCoy & McCoy
Se Habla Español
Get The Legal Help You Need Today860-856-9283

Be Cautious of Hidden Injuries After a Car Accident

If you were hurt in a serious car accident, you may not even know it yet. Injuries incurred from a rear end collision, a hit and run, or from bracing for an oncoming impact, often cause soft tissue ... 

If you were hurt in a serious car accident, you may not even know it yet. Injuries incurred from a rear end collision, a hit and run, or from bracing for an oncoming impact, often cause soft tissue injuries. It is very likely that an individual with soft tissue injuries will not experience symptoms for hours after the car accident occurred, and in some cases, it might even take a few days for the victim to begin experiencing symptoms. As a result, an insurance adjuster may jump on the chance to disprove their claim by arguing that they did not appear to be injured at the time of the accident. "Hidden injuries" can turn out to be quite serious, however, and should be compensated for accordingly.

Whiplash is one of the most commonly sustained injuries in the wake of a car collision, as the force of the impact may cause an unsuspecting driver to severely injure their neck. Whiplash most frequently occurs after a rear-end collision, and can lead to much more serious medical conditions-including disc herniation, joint dysfunction, and chronic pain. Although the symptoms may not be recognized immediately after an accident, the resulting damage can prove to be serious later on.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is another type of "hidden injury" that may develop over time. A driver may hit their head on the steering wheel or even the windshield if they were not using a seatbelt, and deploying air bags may also thrust an enormous amount of force on their head. It is possible to suffer closed head trauma without the appearance of a gash or an open wound, and the brain can continue to be damaged in the days and weeks that follow as brain cells die, and other changes related to the initial brain injury take place.

Car accident injuries are not always initially apparent. The trauma of the event puts your body in a state of shock, and only after this wares off will you begin to experience the aches and pains from the collision. Ignoring the pain and hoping it will go away is never a good idea. Since soft tissue injuries involve the tearing of muscle, the body will begin to produce scar tissue. Scar tissue is more sensitive and less elastic than the original muscle, and as it accumulates, you may begin to notice loss of range and motion and an increasing amount of pain. If you have suffered a slowly developing injury, you should not hesitate to seek compensation for the harm you have been forced to endure. Contact an experienced attorney from our firm for more information.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information