Car crash fatalities went down in 2019, but the number of fatalities is still considered to be unacceptably high according to the National Safety Council. Drunk driving continues to be a top reason for auto accidents, but countless accidents are also caused by speeding, reckless driving, and distracted driving. Many more Americans are permanently maimed and injured with medical treatments that can last for months or even years. But even if you have minor aches and pains, you should visit the doctor after the accident and then consider contacting an auto accident attorney.
Minor injuries can still be a sign of a serious problem. You may suffer from:
- Numbness and tingling
- Pain in the neck, shoulder, or back
Even if your injuries seem minor, more severe injuries can later develop.
Traumatic Brain Injury
When your head jolts back and forth as a result of the accident, you may suffer from traumatic brain injury. This can lead to:
- Memory loss
- Loss of brain function
- Greater sensitivity to senses
- Changes in mood or personality
This type of injury can take months before it becomes noticeable.
If you experience knee pain or soreness, you may be suffering from a severe knee injury. You may be suffering from a shattered knee cap or cartilage damage. You may eventually be forced to pay for expensive knee surgery.
You may think that you are simply suffering from back or neck pain, but the accident might cause a rupture in the tissue within the vertebrae of the spine. The herniated disc places pressure on the nerves within your spine. However, this injury might not show any symptoms until weeks after the accident.
Because your injuries might be much more severe than you might think, visit a medical professional shortly after the accident. Then, you will be on the road to recovery and you'll have more evidence to support your case if you choose to file a lawsuit against the other driver responsible for your accident.
Most car accident cases do not go to trial. Instead, you will need to speak with an auto accident attorney who will negotiate with your insurance provider and create a demand letter. This will include an itemized list of your medical expenses.
The settlement offer will not only consider current medical expenses but future medical expenses. For this reason, it's important that you take even minor injuries seriously after a car accident.