A Minor Accident Can Be Major
Recently, we heard a heartbreaking story. In April, on the corner of Charleston and Lamb, a driver made a left turn but failed to yield. He hit Debra Felton’s car. A traffic officer came to the scene, described it as a fender bender and gave the driver a ticket. Photos showed minor damage to her car. Debra left the scene on her own and drove to work. However, she was not aware that she had injured a rib. Only hours after the accident, Debra passed away when her injured rib punctured her heart.
This is a terrible story and our hearts go out Debra’s family and friends. The full story is told here by KTNV. Our reason for telling it is to make an important point about accidents that may seem minor.
Accident Symptoms Are Often Delayed
People are very resilient. Our bodies fight off trauma. In an accident, we are filled with stress and are distracted. Our body’s adrenalin and endorphins often mask pain and injury. This is why the effects of an accident are sometimes only felt many hours later. Once the shock of an accident wears off, there are several ways that we can be truly injured.
Accidents Cause Whiplash
Whiplash is a trauma to the neck from a sudden impact like a rear end accident. Typically, it is the muscle and tissue in the neck that has been traumatized when the head is suddenly accelerated and decelerated. Whiplash can have many symptoms like headaches, muscle soreness, neck pain, stiffness or numbness or even difficulty moving.
Whiplash is often not apparent until well after an accident. It is very important to get checked to make sure that any injuries are evaluated and treated as soon as possible.
Accidents Cause Concussions
A concussions means that our brain has suddenly collided with our skull. Concussions are caused when we strike our head in an accident. But it is not even necessary for us to hit our heads; concussions can occur when there is a sudden jolt to the head, like in a rear end accident. Concussions can occur even when a person is not knocked unconscious.
There are many symptoms of concussions. Headaches, memory loss, disorientation and a sudden need to sleep are the most common symptoms. Nausea, bad temper, confusion, slurred speech, blurred vision and loss of balance are other, lesser known symptoms.
This graphic was produced to show concussions in kids’ sports but it is absolutely true of auto accidents. Concussions are serious and need to be evaluated by a professional, especially since it can take some time after a trauma for the symptoms to occur.
Get Checked After Any Accident
We are not in the best position to evaluate our injuries after an accident. Our bodies hide the effects of trauma and our symptoms may not show up until much later. The right thing to do is to get to the doctor as soon as possible. Waiting can make things worse. Often, prompt evaluation and treatment of injuries can decrease your recovery time and increase chances of a full recovery.
If you are the victim of an accident, it is very important that you get to the doctor right away. The documentation of your injuries and treatment are critical to your accident case. After you have seen the doctor, it is very important that you consult with Hale Injury Law. While you work with your doctor to recover, our professionals will work with you to manage your case and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Have you been in an accident that was not your fault? Contact us today.