July 7, 2020
Michigan Car Accident Lawyer
Every auto accident is unique and affects every victim differently. While reactions following an accident may vary from person to person, understanding what is normal and what is not is extremely important in terms of injuries. When an individual sustains multiple injuries, those injuries may also worsen one another, causing deterioration and a longer recovery prognosis.
Awareness of symptoms, especially when there is a need for medical attention if and when symptoms appear, can be lifesaving. This not only increases the chances of achieving the best possible recovery, but also reduces the likelihood of permanent, life-altering injuries. Unfortunately, delayed auto accident injuries and symptoms occur quite frequently. This typically occurs when one injury (such as neck pain or back injury) causes radiation to the arm or leg or when an injury is overshadowed by other more obvious injuries and symptoms.
Obtaining prompt medical care will help to establish a clear temporal relationship that can prove that injuries sustained have been caused by an accident and prevent roadside disputes when dealing with insurance. It can be beneficial when seeking additional treatment for injuries that were delayed and did not appear immediately after the accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Michigan auto accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. For more information, contact a Michigan Car Accident Lawyer at Elia & Ponto today!
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are some of the most common types of injuries that follow after an auto accident. The force of a collision may put stress on the body in ways that it was not designed to absorb, which in turn causes pain; the most common symptom of soft tissue injury.
The pain may be isolated at the point of injury, or it may radiate down your limbs. If the pain radiates down the arms or legs, it may be an indication of whiplash or disc damage. Individuals may seek additional medical attention if the pain continues to interfere with day-to-day activities or lasts more than a few weeks.
Common treatment for soft tissue injuries include:
- Chiropractic care
- Epidural steroid injections
- Ice or heat treatment
- Massage therapy
- Pain relievers
- Physical therapy
The broken bones are typically easier to identify. The broken bones or fractures usually cause intense pain at the injured area and are accompanied by bruising and swelling. Medical attention should be sought immediately to avoid permanent damage. To determine whether the bone is broken, doctors will perform x-rays. The treatment protocols are dependent on the location and severity of your break.
Common treatments for broken bones include:
- Cast: stabilizes the bone and prevent further injury
- Traction: realigns the bones
- Brace: allows some movement of the injured area
- Pins/Screws: holds the bones in place until surgery
Traumatic Brain Injuries
The term traumatic brain injury (TBI) may sound intimidating, however, it is a common injury. These brain injuries are caused by an outside trauma, such as a fall or car accident. Despite being common, these injuries are still serious. If you or a loved one believe you may have hit your head during an accident, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Common symptoms of a TBI include:
- Changes in mood
- Sleep problems
Symptoms of TBI that could indicate the need for immediate medical attention:
- Balance problems
- Continuous headache
- Loss of consciousness
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Slurred speech
Although spinal cord injuries are more common in serious accidents, minor injuries are still possible. Similarly, to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries occur as a result of penetrating injury or trauma to the neck or back.
Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries may result in paralysis – even though some individuals do not experience symptoms immediately. While these injuries are generally permanent, some patients may regain some movement.
Damage to the spinal cord is an emergency condition; go to the emergency room immediately if you or a loved one experience any of the following:
- Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs
- Digestion problem
- Extreme pain
- Loss or altered sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Loss of movement
Like physical injuries, mental health problems may arise following a car accident and should be equally recognized and treated. When mental health symptoms are attributed to other injuries that a person has suffered in an accident, they may go undiagnosed and untreated by doctors. These injuries should be taken seriously, as they may worsen if left untreated.
Common mental health problems following an accident include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
No physical injury should go unnoticed. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Michigan Auto Accident and have questions about physically injuries following an accident, contact a Michigan Car Accident Lawyer at Elia & Ponto today!
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