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What Should I Do If My Injuries Show Up After a Car Accident?

When you are involved in a car accident, you probably have a ton of thoughts running through your mind. Especially when the car accident is minor, you may be more concerned with the damage to your car instead of the damage to your body. No matter how big or small your accident may be, you can suffer serious injuries that may not manifest until after the accident. When you are injured, you must closely monitor what has happened, both for your physical safety and to protect your legal rights.

Get Medical Attention Before Settling an Accident Claim

When a car accident occurs, your body can suffer severe shock. With all the adrenaline and endorphins that are surging through your body, you may not realize you actually are injured. In fact, once you have calmed down and walked away from the situation, you may realize how much pain you are truly in.

There are two common injuries that occur during car accidents that can result in offset injuries:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Concussions and other closed brain injuries

Soft tissue injuries occur to any part of the body that is not the bone, such as muscles and tendons. An example is whiplash, whereby the muscles in the head are forcefully jolted in different directions. These injuries result in pain, swelling, and reduced mobility, and may not show up for a while after the accident. In addition, they may not appear during traditional tests, making them hard to diagnose.

Concussions and other brain injuries can occur anytime that the brain is jolted against the skull as a result of force. These can be life-altering or fatal, and the symptoms will not show up immediately. Getting immediate medical attention is the best step to prevent a concussion from causing a permanent brain injury.

If you have been involved in an accident, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention. This can help you discover any injuries that you may not realize existed and start treatment before they become worse.

The Role of Digital Motion X-Ray® in Preserving Evidence

Documentation of your soft tissue damage is also important to building a solid claim. In many cases, however, the evidence for the damage lies within the body of the victim. Digital Motion X-Ray® (DMX) is able to show evidence of the injuries, such as:

  • Whiplash
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Ligament damage

This machine provides demonstrable evidence that can be used to build your claim after suffering injury in a car accident.

Insurance may try to settle claims right away. Do not sign any paperwork or settle with a car accident attorney immediately following an accident! You should be checked out by a medical professional before making any insurance decisions. If you don't proceed carefully, you may waive your legal right to have insurance compensate you for medical treatment. Contact the firm today to protect your rights.

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