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Car accident injuries are not always noticeable

Even if you did not end up in the hospital after your accident, you may still have suffered a serious injury. Not all injuries are obvious right away, and it may take some time before you begin to experience symptoms.

Feeling worse before you feel better

One of the most common motor vehicle-related injuries is whiplash. This occurs when your body is jolted during impact. The pain and discomfort may not manifest itself for several days, but when it does, your back and neck will feel achy and sore. You may also experience numbness in your arms and hands.

Symptoms of other injuries are not always evident immediately after an accident, for example:

  • Back pain: May mean you have damaged your vertebrae
  • Pain or swelling in your abdomen: Could be signs of internal injury
  • Headache: May indicate a blood clot, concussion or more serious brain injury

Car accidents are one of the leading cause of brain injuries. If you suffered a brain injury, you may experience problems with your hearing, vision or memory. You may begin to feel confused or uncoordinated. You will want to make your doctor aware of these symptoms as quickly as possible.

You may also be having disturbing dreams or sudden, vivid memories of the accident in which you were involved. This happens frequently after distressing events and is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You may find your symptoms are especially upsetting if you lost a loved one in the accident. If your PTSD makes it difficult for you to live your normal life, you may need to consult a professional for help.

Your best chances of recovery

While you certainly felt pain at the time of your accident, days or weeks later, you may begin to experience new or worsening symptoms. You may also begin to tussle with your insurance company about how much of your medical treatment they will cover, especially if the accident has left you with emotional trauma. The last thing you need after the trauma of a car accident is the stress of dealing with a stubborn insurance company.

Fortunately, you can rely on the help of a personal injury attorney to take the burden from you. Lawyers with experience dealing with the fine print and red tape of insurance companies can work for your best interests, fighting to obtain for you the maximum compensation you deserve. Whether your insurance company has denied your claim or you are simply uncertain about where to begin to seek compensation for your injuries, a compassionate attorney can assist you.

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