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Invisible Injuries: What You Don't See Might Kill You

Invisible Injuries: What You Don't See Might Kill You

| Aug 9, 2013

Injuries resulting from an accident can be immediately apparent; or they can take time to develop, ultimately becoming so severe they could even become deadly. That's why it's so important to see a doctor immediately after any kind of accident, even if you feel fine. You should seek medical attention and consider talking with an experienced South Carolina personal injury lawyer .


Many types of injuries take time to appear.

There are several kinds of injuries that aren't immediately noticeable after an accident that can become painful, debilitating, or even fatal.

  • Whiplash
    Whiplash is caused when the head is violently jerked backward and then forward. It strains the neck muscles and ligaments, and can cause long-lasting and severe pain. Most people suffer neck pain and headaches, but recover within a few weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, others display more severe symptoms; including memory loss, dizziness, chronic headaches, difficulty concentrating or sleeping, ringing in the ears and irritability, for a prolonged period.
     
  • Concussion
    Concussions are traumatic brain injuries and can be very serious. A bad bump on the head might not knock you out, but what it does to your brain can be permanent. It changes the way the brain works - at least in the short term - and usually comes with terrible headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and altered judgment.

    Long-term, there is evidence a concussion can change the way your brain works forever - altering your personality and making life harder for you. One concussion doubles your risk of developing epilepsy within five years of the injury, and a second impact could cause brain swelling so severe it's fatal. Even if your bump on the head doesn't seem like a big deal, get it checked out and contact a South Carolina personal injury lawyer.
     
  • Blood Clots
    If you were involved in an accident and only have some bumps and bruises, see a doctor anyway. You might not think your injuries are anything to make a fuss over, but even small bumps and bruises can lead to the creation of blood clots that, if broken loose, could travel to your lungs, heart, or brain and quickly become fatal.

See a doctor.

If you slip or fall at a South Carolina business, are involved in a car accident , or bump your head at work - no matter how small or insignificant that event seems - see a doctor. You never know what major injuries could emerge. A doctor could catch an injury and save your life. If your injuries do develop, you will want medical records in order to pursue a fair settlement from the insurance company. 

Talk with a lawyer.

Contact the experienced South Carolina legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers about your incident and injuries. Learn about your options and your rights. We offer a free case evaluation that will help you better understand the full value of your South Carolina personal injury claim. 

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