No one plans to get into a car wreck. Without a doubt, car accidents can throw a wrench into an already hectic day.

That’s why many people try to resume their action plan for the day as quickly as possible: going to meetings, picking up kids, running errands and addressing other things that need attention. However, it’s important to slow down, document and assess the damage caused by the wreck. Especially damage to yourself, you may not even realize you’re hurt.

Types of injuries that are not immediately obvious are concussions, whiplash and soft tissue injuries. These injuries may not show any external symptoms, and will only become apparent over time. For example:

Concussion symptoms may become apparent within 24-hours after a car accident, surfacing as confusion, headache, dizziness and nausea.

Whiplash symptoms may include pain in the shoulders, neck, back or headaches. At least 15-20% of people develop chronic pain as a result of whiplash.

Soft tissue injuries include damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Symptom of soft tissue damage can include soreness, tingling, numbness, headaches, neck or back pain.

Diagnosis and treatment of any of these injuries may require special imaging such as a CT scan or an MRI, because symptoms – such as headaches – can indicate a number of different medical issues. It’s also important to document your symptoms, expenses and immediately contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you recoup any financial loss as a result of the accident.

Overall, surging adrenaline and the strong desire to resume normal life may mask any immediate signs of injuries. However, it’s important to slow down assess any symptoms that may arise within a day or two after the accident. Should symptoms arise, it’s important to seek legal help and medical treatment straightaway to avoid long-term financial loss and chronic pain.

Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business. For more information on this topic, email John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.


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