Even when you’re in an accident at low speeds, a car crash can leave you with several forms of body pain after a car accident. You may begin to feel pain immediately after the crash. It could also take several hours or even weeks before you start to feel symptoms of injury.
No matter what kind of pain you’re feeling, you should get medical attention as soon as possible to treat your injuries. A doctor can tell you why you’re having symptoms, what care you may need to recover, and how to prevent the onset of complications.
After getting medical help, you can work with a lawyer to help you with your financial recovery for medical expenses and more.
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Types of Injuries and Body Pain You May Experience After a Crash
Almost any part or system of your body can be affected by a car crash. Some common forms of pain victims experience after an accident include the following:
- Neck pain: Whiplash is a common form of injury after a car accident that can cause neck, head, and upper body pain. Other neck pain can point to more serious conditions, such as spinal injuries.
- Headaches: Post-traumatic headaches can be a symptom of many conditions, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs can also range in severity, from concussion to bleeding in the brain.
- Back pain: Back pain is also a symptom of many possible conditions, from a herniated disc to lumbar spine injury to whiplash.
- Pain in the limbs, wrists, ankles, or joints: You could have braced yourself during the impact and sprained a wrist or ankle, or you could have dislocated an elbow during a crushing injury. Knee injuries are also common when the limbs connect with the dashboard.
- Burns, bruising, cuts, and lacerations: The skin can be seriously injured during a crash, whether from the shattering of glass or burns from an engine fire.
- Abdominal pain: This may be a sign of internal bleeding or other internal injuries.
Some of these injuries are more obvious to detect than others. If you have any symptoms of injury, you should seek medical attention. Even symptoms that appear mild, such as a headache, could be indicators of a more serious condition.
Be Sure to Follow Your Doctors’ Orders After Initial Care
Your medical treatment shouldn’t necessarily stop after receiving emergency care. Your doctor may recommend that you take the following next steps:
- Take medications
- Rest or stay home from work
- Come back for follow-up appointments
- See a specialist
- Get physical therapy
- Get diagnostic testing
- Undergo surgery
- Get special medical devices
Follow through on any medical care your doctor recommends because:
- You’ll prevent potential complications after an initial injury.
- You’ll document the progression and severity of your injuries.
Even if your doctor says your headaches are only a sign of whiplash, she or he may tell you to rest or avoid certain activities, so you don’t make your injuries worse. If you fail to do so, you could face complications such as severe pain in your arms and limited range of motion, per Mayo Clinic.
Also, avoiding your doctors’ recommendations can allow insurance companies to challenge or deny your compensation claim. Don’t give them any reason to do so. The steps you take for your health now are important for your recovery and the success of your injury case.
What Medical Expenses Are Covered Through an Insurance Claim or Lawsuit?
Your injuries could be moderate or catastrophic – and if you face serious care needs, you are likely wondering how those bills will be covered. If a negligent driver caused your crash, you could pursue an injury claim through their insurance policy.
The insurance company could cover all necessary medical treatment through a claim. If the other party’s coverage proves insufficient, we may be able to help you file a lawsuit for additional compensation. Necessary medical care could include:
- Lab testing and imaging
- Hospitalization or long-term hospitalization
- Physical or speech therapy
- Visits to one or more doctors
Also, you can seek compensation for long-term or ongoing medical care needs if you expect to have future expenses related to your injuries. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket if someone else is responsible for the accident.
Other forms of compensation that could be available include funds for your lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
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Who Will Be Liable for My Medical Costs After an Auto Accident?
If someone else’s negligence led to your accident and injuries, you could hold that party liable for their negligence and seek compensation for several damages.
The leading causes of car accidents sometimes stem from complicated circumstances. Depending on the details of your case, one or more parties could be found liable for your medical bills, including:
- Another driver
- A trucking company
- A cargo loading company
- A rideshare company’s insurance policy
- A parts manufacturer or auto maker
Determining who is responsible for your bills can get complicated. This is one reason why you may want to hire your lawyer to take on your case.
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Should I Work with a Lawyer for My Car Accident Case?
Several benefits of legal representation exist. Your lawyer can:
- Take over the communications between you and the liable party’s insurer
- Investigate your case to determine how much your settlement or award could be worth
- Gather crucial evidence to prove liability
- Prove the extent of your bodily pain and emotional suffering after the accident
- Help you understand local or state laws that affect your case
- Use their local knowledge of the court system if you file a lawsuit
- Handle all the paperwork and litigation involved in a suit
- Advise you about your best options for a financial recovery
Essentially, a lawyer’s job is to help you go after the best possible compensation after an accident and to help you navigate the complexities of personal injury cases. With our lawyers on your side, you may feel more confident that you’re seeking fair damages for body pain after a car accident.
You may also be glad to avoid the complexities of injury cases, as our lawyers will handle any problems with your case for you. For instance, if an insurance company denies the seriousness of your injuries, your lawyer can show that you were truly injured and you deserve payment.
Get a Free Case Review to Learn Your Next Steps After a Car Accident
A car accident can be overwhelming and confusing – but it doesn’t have to be if you seek our help. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we offer you a free case review to explain your next steps. If you hire us, we’ll start working for you with no upfront fees involved.
Begin your path to recovery today by calling our compassionate team: (888) 612-7001. Our staff can field any questions for your attorney. We’re ready to protect the rights of accident victims in Georgia and South Carolina.
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