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Caution Icy Roads Ahead: Hidden Car Accident Injuries

Icy Roads and Hidden Car Accident Injuries

It is winter time again and even with a good set of snow tires, roads can be slippery. Recuperating from the loss or damage of a vehicle is difficult enough. Don’t suffer from possible bills associated with long term physiotherapy as well from what seemed like a minor car accident injury.

You could be suffering from a car accident injury and not even know it. Not all car accident injuries are obvious. In this article we’d like to help you spot the signs of the most common car accident injuries that aren’t always that obvious immediately after a motor vehicle collision.

Take Concussions Seriously

A serious brain injury may not always be readily apparent immediately after a car accident. Regardless of what many think, a concussion can happen without even hitting your head. Most minor brain injuries disappear on their own, but not always. Concussions are graded from mild (grade 1) to severe (grade 3). Many car accident victims return to work immediately because they have no obvious injuries. However, once returning to work, those suffering from an un-diagnosed concussion might notice an inability to focus, trouble concentrating and issues remembering or performing simple tasks.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event.
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Concussions although considered a minor brain injury should be taken seriously. These types of injuries can cause serious brain trauma long term and should be looked at by a doctor right away to identify the seriousness of the concussion. With proper medical help in a timely manner a medical report can be created and filed to help get you the maximum financial compensation for your concussion injury.

Do Not Get Bullied

After a motor vehicle collision your insurance company may contact you and try to get you to sign a release of any claims you might have. The insurance company may even offer you a sum of money to speed things along. Although the money may sound really appealing, you may not be getting all the compensation you deserve.

Always wait until you have been fully evaluated by a medical professional before signing anything the insurance claims adjuster sends you. With so many hidden injuries like whiplash, concussions or torn muscles, you should give yourself a couple days to make sure all injuries from the car accident have fully presented themselves. Your doctor can help you determine how long this needs to be. If you sign a release, and an injury shows up later, you cannot then go back to the insurance company and ask them to pay for your medical treatment. You waive your legal right to pursue that compensation when you sign the release. As we’ve seen lots of changes in insurance coverage for medical benefits it is important to report your accident with thorough evidence.

If you’ve endured injuries after a car accident, or you just want to make sure the claims process goes smoothly, you may want to talk with an experienced personal injury law firm.

Learn more on how a personal injury lawyer can help with your car accident claim

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