Don’t Underestimate the Long Term Impacts Of a Car Accident

Being involved in an automobile accident is a traumatic experience, whether you suffer  injuries or not. Afterwards, you might be feeling fine, but it is always important to receive medical attention after an accident right away since it can take days or even weeks for symptoms to show up. On top of physical injuries, never underestimate the long term psychological impacts that being involved in an accident can cause.

Physical Effects

It isn’t hard to believe that car accidents are extremely common, and one of the leading causes of injury and death. From sprains to broken bones, injures can range from minor to severe. Whiplash is caused by the sudden movement of the neck and is commonly caused by car accidents. Brain trauma can also occur from being involved in a car accident, which can cause issues with coordination and memory. Some of these injuries can make a lasting impact on your life, for just a few months to a few years to a lifetime. This is why filing a personal injury claim to receive damages is extremely beneficial for your recovery. Not only are injuries suffered from these accidents painful, they can be costly, as some injuries might require multiple doctor visits, treatments, medications and possibly therapy. These effects can last long after the accident. Receiving medical treatment right after being involved in an accident is crucial to your health and to your personal injury case. Especially with whiplash, symptoms from injuries sustained in a car accident can take weeks to show up. Plus, not receiving the medical treatment you may need after an accident could hurt your chances of receiving damages in a personal injury case.

Psychological Effects

Physical injuries aren’t the only lasting effects that can be caused by an auto accident. Being involved in accident can also cause emotional and psychological effects. We all know injuries are painful, but these injuries can also lead to anxiety or even depression. Some injuries require limited activity and mobility, which often times leads to the feeling of isolation. Stress can also build-up after being involved in an accident as you may need to attend a number of medical appointments for your injury or attend court dates after filing a claim. Post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t uncommon after experiencing a traumatic event like an accident. In fact, car accidents are one of the major causes of PTSD. Suffering from PTSD can impact your ability to function properly, whether it be at work or in a social setting. Often times being involved in a car accident will bring on a mixture of emotions including fear, anger, shock, anxiety and even guilt. Some people even experience nightmares and flashbacks. These issues can impact your relationships and cause issues with your sleep, eating habits and even bring on mood swings. It is common for people who have been injured in a car accident to feel afraid of driving in a car again. Therapy might even be needed in some cases.

Financial Burden

The financial strain that comes with being involved in an accident can also take a toll on your health. The cost of treatment for injuries will quickly add-up, especially if you have to miss work. A personal injury claim can take time and unfortunately, you may not receive the damages you deserve right away. This can cause even more stress on your mind and body. Working with an experienced attorney can help relieve the stress as they will be the ones to deal with the insurance companies and other involved parties to get your damages as quickly as possible. When working with a personal injury attorney, remember to always be open and honest throughout the entire process. Following the right steps through your case with the guidance of an experienced attorney will decrease your stress, leading you on a faster road to recovery.

Edelstein Law

Working with a trusting and supportive personal injury attorney during your recovery will help you get through this challenging time. At Edelstein Law, we know how difficult it is to be involved in an auto accident and the stress that going through a personal injury claim can cause. We will aggressively fight for you so that you will receive the justice and damages you deserve. Our goal is to get your claim settled as quickly as possible, while understanding the sensitivity of your situation.