Earlier this summer, a Boise resident learned the hard way that injuries are not always immediately apparent after an accident. The man was riding his bicycle to work near our office of Hays Street around 7:30 in the morning when a car turn abruptly right just after passing him. The cyclist was wearing a helmet and did not feel injured enough at the collision scene to go to the doctor. He just continued on his way to work. Later in the day, he began to feel ill. His co-workers made him go see the doctors who discovered he had two broken bones in his neck.
If you are involved in an auto accident, please, please, get yourself checked out by medical professionals immediately. We have seen many cases, just like the cyclist, where the excitement from the accident created a rush of adrenaline that then masked the pain of broken bones or other injuries. And, in addition to the immediate emergency room attention, we recommend you seek follow–up which will result in a more thorough medical assessment. There are many types of injuries that do not appear immediately, You will need the medical documentation it help prove your claim if f you end up needing to pursue compensation from an insurance company.
If you do not seek medical attention right away, but end up with an injury that appears at a later date, the insurance company will argue that the injury was caused by something else. This inevitably prevents you from recovering full and fair compensation for your losses and medical care.
Delayed Diagnosis of Concussion (TBI)
Concussions, a form of traumatic brain injury or “TBI” are one example of a serious injury that often does not show up immediately after an accident. You’re at risk for a concussion whenever you strike your head or even when your head is just bounced around.
Disorientation and loss of consciousness are the two best known symptoms of a concussion, but sometimes the signs of a problem are more subtle. And we have seen dozens, if not hundreds, of cases where people tell the EMTs they were not unconscious but after further investigation it is clear that they in fact spent some time unconscious. You may have trouble concentrating, experience a lack of energy, or have a headache. You might be bothered by feelings of dizziness, nausea, or blurry vision. Your sleep patterns could change so that you’re sleeping more or less than usual. All the current research shows that even “mild” traumatic brain injuries can have substantial and serious long-term effects.
Whiplash and Other Connective Tissue Injuries
Contrary to popular belief, connective tissue (also called soft tissue) injuries can take days or even weeks to manifest after a car accident. Connective tissues are the muscles, cartilage and ligaments, that hold the body together. We have all heard of whiplash, an injury in which the head is suddenly thrown forward and then backward stretching the neck tissue. It is probably the most common type of connective tissue injury. However, you could also experience injuries to your arms, legs, or back depending upon the circumstances of the car crash.
The most common symptoms of connective tissue injuries are pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. Most people with connective tissue injuries recover within a few weeks or months, but some people end up with chronic, on-going, problems. Because of how most people respond to these injuries those with chronic issues often have difficult legal fights to recover fair compensation.
Protecting Your Legal Rights
If you are injured due to the negligence of others, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. The experienced attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to representing those who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Please call (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.