Untreated InjuriesJuly 27, 2017
From minor fender benders to devastating head-on collisions, car accidents often leave a path of destruction in their wake. Sometimes the damage is minimal and other times, the car may be unsalvageable and the injuries are massive or even fatal. In some cases, injuries sustained in a car accident may not appear immediately, but can be just as severe, especially if they go untreated.
Injuries may go unnoticed immediately following a car wreck because the body releases adrenaline into the bloodstream as part of a defense mechanism, helping the injured person feel less pain. It is not until those protective chemicals have stopped being released that the body begins to feel the physical effects of an injury. This may not happen until hours, or even days after the accident. The following are examples of common injuries that tend to go unnoticed. If you experience any of these ailments after being involved in a car accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible so that the injury does not become worse.
Muscle, Tendon, and Ligament Injuries
Even minor car accidents can cause the body to jolt inside the vehicle, striking the interior of the car, the steering wheel, or the dashboard, causing damage to the joints and soft tissue. Doctors may overlook these injuries because they do not manifest in an x-ray. Look for signs of swelling, soreness, or decreased mobility.
Whiplash occurs when your head is thrust forward and backward upon impact. Common symptoms include pain and/or tightness in the neck and shoulders, as well as headaches. If you start to feel any of these symptoms, and you have been in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention.
While headaches are common, do not brush off a headache if it comes on after you were involved in a car accident. If your head was not struck in the accident, that does not mean that it did not suffer some degree of trauma. The pain could be the result of a concussion or other serious injury. Common symptoms of a concussion include blurred visions, inability to focus, trouble with memory, and difficulty sleeping.
After a wreck, it is common for people to experience varying degrees of post-traumatic stress, particularly if the accident was serious and there were severe injuries or fatalities involved. Common signs of emotional distress include anxiety, depression, personality changes, trouble sleeping, and changes in appetite.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident, regardless of how severe the injury is, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We understand that even serious injuries may not show up right away, but can become life-threatening if left untreated. Our dedicated team will work tirelessly to secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent injured victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.