Every year, thousands of individuals in West Virginia find themselves dealing with car accident injuries. The physical and mental trauma the body goes through after such an event can take longer to heal than we’d like. It’s also likely to cost more than we’re prepared for.
At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, our West Virginia car accident lawyers are prepared to help you obtain the compensation you deserve to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We’re also here to support you as you recover. Let’s take a look at the injuries you may be experiencing, as well as what you can expect regarding recovery time.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Depending on the circumstances of the collision and the severity of the impact, an auto accident can result in a variety of injuries. Head-on crashes typically result in injuries to the head, beck, chest, legs, and feet. Side-impact-related injuries include damage to the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. Rear-end collisions often affect the head and neck. Below you’ll find a list of the most common injuries associated with car accidents.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries. Back injuries include herniated discs and spinal fractures. Severe back injuries often require surgery and physical therapy. In the event the spinal cord is damaged, the victim may face issues with paralysis and the loss of sensation or movement.
Broken Bones. Depending on the type of accident, victims are susceptible to broken arms, legs, and ribs. This type of injury is often incredibly painful, may require surgery, and can take a long time to heal.
Chest Injuries. Check injuries typically take the form of contusions or hematomas; however, more severe internal injuries can occur. Drivers are more likely to experience chest injuries because of their proximity to the steering wheel.
Head and Neck Injuries. Common head and neck injuries include concussions, whiplash, and lacerations. In severe crashes, victims may suffer from skull fractures, internal bleeding, or traumatic brain injuries.
Soft Tissue Injuries. Soft tissue injuries occur when muscles, ligaments, or tendons are stretched or strained. This type of injury is common in the neck and back.
Unseen Auto Wreck Injuries
There’s a possibility that not all the tests you undergo will reveal the full effects of your car accident. Minor concussions, brain injuries, and whiplash may go undetected for days or weeks if a patient doesn’t show immediate signs during their hospital visit. If you begin to experience any new or worsening symptoms, it’s imperative you seek medical attention.
The other category of unseen car accident injuries isn’t physical, but rather psychological. Individuals may experience a variety of feelings and emotions after a car accident. Immediately following the accident, a victim may experience emotional shock, denial, or disbelief. As time passes, anxiety, depression, and fear may worsen if not properly addressed. Car accident victims experiencing these symptoms should seek the help of a mental health care professional.
Tips for Improving Recovery Time
While it’s always best to consult with your primary care physician to develop a comprehensive treatment and recovery plan, the following tips may improve how long your recovery time lasts. Unfortunately for most injuries, there’s no way to tell when you’ll reach your maximum recovery point; however, your doctor may be able to provide you with an estimate. Keep in mind it’s likely that estimate is based on the idea that you will follow through with your plan as instructed.
Seek Medical Attention as Soon as Possible After an Auto Accident
Even if you’re not experiencing pain after an automobile wreck, it’s a good idea to seek treatment and have a comprehensive medical exam. If you don’t feel it’s necessary to go to the hospital, try to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician the next day or as soon as possible.
Follow Through with Treatment Recommendations
If you’re diagnosed with an injury, it’s imperative to follow through with the advice your doctor gives you. You may feel overwhelmed with the treatment plan or feel as though it’s not necessary. Discuss these concerns with your doctor and go from there. If your doctor instructs you to take time off work, it’s important to listen. Not only is it important for your health; but if you disregard your doctor’s advice, you may affect the compensation you’re eligible for.
Consider Speaking with a Mental Health Professional
In addition to the treatments your doctor prescribes to encourage the recovery of your body, you may also want to focus on healing your mind. A car accident can be incredibly traumatic. If you notice any changes in your mood or behavior, you may benefit from speaking with a therapist.
While your doctor will be able to help you recover physically and mentally, our lawyers can help you recover financially. To get assistance dealing with your insurance company or to take legal action after your car accident, contact us today. We’re prepared to answer your questions and provide the legal guidance you need so you can focus on what matters most – your recovery.