Beware of Hidden Injuries Caused by Vero Beach Car Accidents
With more cars, more drivers, and more distractions interrupting our travel patterns, over six million car accidents are reported each year on our U.S. roadways that range in severity from fender benders to deadly collisions.
During these crashes, more than three million people are injured in traffic collisions each year; two million of whom suffer permanent injuries that change their lives.
Unfortunately, some of these accident victims are unaware of the extent of their injuries until it is too late.
At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA, our Vero Beach, Florida personal injury attorneys want each of our clients to understand how severe injuries can disguise themselves after an auto accident, so they know what to look for when seeking medical care after the crash.
Hidden Injuries Can Cause Severe Physical & Emotional Harm
Car accidents can leave our clients with injuries that are not exactly visible to the naked eye, but that can manifest over the days following the crash.
When a traffic crash occurs, the shock and adrenaline can mask serious injuries, which often means injury victims are skipping a trip to the doctor believing they are okay.
No matter the impact of the crash, our Vero Beach auto accident lawyers advise that everyone involved seek medical care immediately after the collision occurs to ensure they receive the medical care they deserve.
The most common hidden injuries that can occur after a car, motorcycle, truck, or pedestrian accident can include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Herniated discs
- Internal injuries, including abdominal pain or organ damage
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Head & Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries can occur even in seemingly minor accidents. The jarring impact of a traffic collision can cause serious injuries that can range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury that can lead to life-long medical care.
Tissue located between the spine and the vertebrae can rupture, slip, or bulge during a traffic collision, and lead to herniated discs that can occur without causing any immediate symptoms.
When the discs become displaced, they can press on the spinal nerves and produce severe pain, burning, tingling, and numbness that radiates from the lower back into the extremities that can become more severe over time.
Internal injuries can occur during a car accident and are easily masked by the adrenaline that accompanies the confusion.
Bleeding on the brain, abdominal aneurysms, broken ribs, internal bleeding, and organ damage can lead to severe injuries that can require long-term care.
That is why it is important to seek medical care directly after a collision. An emergency or scheduled medical appointment will provide the necessary tests to uncover hidden internal injuries you may not be aware of, so you can get the care you need.
Neck and Shoulder Injuries
Neck and shoulder injuries are easily ignored after a traffic accident, as most people believe the pain is the result of tensing up during the crash and assuming it will subside in a day or two.
The unfortunate reality is car accidents can cause muscle, tendon, and tissue injuries in the neck and shoulders that can lead to nerve damage and mobility problems that cause long-term complications when they are not addressed right away.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spine is a delicate part of the body that can be easily disturbed during an accident. Severe injuries to the spinal cord can result in tingling, numbness and a loss of function, including mobility. Often, injury victims may assume that the jarring force of the crash caused their back pain and pass off the discomfort as temporary.
Spinal cord injuries may not reveal their severity right away, which is why it is important to seek medical care directly after a crash occurs.
Contact Our Vero Beach Personal Injury Attorney for Help
Your car accident injuries are going to require medical care to achieve the wellness results you deserve after a collision. The first step in ensuring your injuries are fully outlined requires seeking medical care immediately after the crash occurs. Once you seek medical care, contact our Vero Beach car accident attorneys at (772) 492-8967 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options in holding the negligent party who caused your injuries accountable for your financial recovery.