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What types of injuries are common after car crashes?

Motor vehicle accidents happen all around Georgia all the time, whether they are minor fender benders or serious multi-car highway crashes. Most crashes fall somewhere between these two extremes. But in any type of accident, there is the potential for injuries.

Many people make the assumption, however, that only the most serious crashes lead to significant injuries. But the fact is that any time you are involved in a collision, there is the potential for a whole host of injuries, some of which may not be immediately obvious.

It is true that you can suffer very noticeable injuries in a crash. For example, many accident victims experience:

  • Serious cuts
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Deep bruising

These types of injuries can be immediately noticeable and you will likely know that medical treatment is necessary.

However, there are several conditions you may not feel right away or assume will go away on their own. You might not even realize that they could be linked to the accident. These conditions could include:

  • Serious headaches
  • Lingering back pain
  • Depression
  • Increased anxiety
  • Chronic or worsening pain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss

These conditions on their own can seem minor and victims may dismiss them. However, they can get worse over time, especially without medical treatment, and they could be indications of a much more serious injury.

Assessing your physical and emotional well-being after a crash can be crucial so you can identify the extent of damages you have suffered. This is why you should take the situation very seriously and see a doctor if you believe you have been hurt in an accident.

Once the medical toll of a crash is established, you can discuss the possibility of filing a legal claim to seek compensation with an attorney. If the accident was caused by a negligent or reckless party, he or she can be liable for damages you have suffered, whether they are temporary or permanent, relatively minor or severe.

Source: FindLaw.com, "What Kinds of Damages May I Claim for Car Accident Injuries?" accessed on Sept. 30, 2015

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