Car accidents cause many different injuries, and many of them are not easy to identify. Often, car accident victims leave the scene of the collision believing that they did not suffer injuries at all, only to realize later that they suffered injuries that do not cause immediate pain.
If you experienced a car accident recently, you may have whiplash injuries that make it difficult to operate in your daily life. After any car accident, it is always wise to undergo a complete medical examination administered by a doctor or other qualified medical professional. The sooner that you identify any hidden injuries, the sooner you can receive the treatment that you need to begin your recovery and pursue fair compensation.
Recovering from a car accident takes time and attention, and many of us become overwhelmed when difficult times strike. A strong legal strategy helps victims clarify their priorities and keep their rights secure while they work to recover from their injuries and pursue fair compensation for their losses.
Whiplash can practically paralyze victims
One of the most common delayed pain injuries is soft-tissue damage, commonly known as whiplash. Those who have never experienced moderate or severe whiplash may falsely believe that these injuries are not serious and are merely uncomfortable. Those of us who have had serious whiplash understand that these injuries can make victims’ daily lives difficult or impossible.
Soft tissue damage occurs when a person experiences a sudden impact or other sudden strain on a muscle or muscle group. In most cases, the injury does not cause any pain or loss of mobility in the moment, but may set in suddenly several hours after the injury, or after the victim goes to sleep. When the injury sets in, the damaged muscles seize up, causing loss of mobility and severe pain.
Often, victims of car accidents leave the scene believing that they got lucky and escaped with only bumps and bruises. The next day, however, they may wake up to find that they are barely able to move some or all of their body. For many victims, it is simply too painful to move the affected muscles until the injury heals, in addition to severe stiffness that limits mobility.
While some individuals lead lives that have room for several weeks or months of leisurely recovery, most car accident victims do not have this luxury. If a victim suffers severe whiplash, they are often unable to perform the duties of their job, let alone prepare food, change their clothing or bathe.
Whiplash is not a permanent injury, but its impact is often long-lasting. Employers may or may not understand a victim’s circumstances, significantly affecting victims’ income during recovery. Likewise, proper diagnosis and treatment of soft-tissue damage is costly, as is every other form of medical care. Other car accident injuries may seem more harmful from an outside perspective, but moderate and severe whiplash remain significant injuries that demand proper attention.
Protecting your recovery
Each victim’s process of recovery varies depending on the circumstances and severity of the injury and other areas of their lives that the injuries impact. If you received soft-tissue damage from a recent car accident, now is the time to assess your options and keep your rights secure.
With a strong legal strategy, you can protect your interests and recovery with the strength of the law and pursue full compensation for your injuries and losses, giving you the freedom to focus on your personal and physical recovery.