Many people don’t associate serious injuries with being rear-ended by another driver. The problem is that a number of serious injuries can result from a collision that may not be obvious for a day or more.
The adrenaline that results from being in a crash can cause the body to ignore pain, which is often the first symptom of a problem. The longer injuries go untreated, the more serious they have the potential to become.
Common injuries that require diagnosis and treatment
Neck and back injuries are particularly common in rear-end collisions. A herniated disc is one example. These are easily treatable. If left untreated, however, they can cause permanent, painful damage.
Muscle strains are another common injury in rear-end collisions. However, most people can’t tell whether a muscle is strained or actually torn. It can be impossible to know that without x-rays. If a muscle tear isn’t treated, it can rupture, which is likely going to mean that surgery is needed to repair it.
If your head is jolted back and forth when a car hits you, you might even suffer a concussion. A concussion isn’t always caused by a blow to the head. A sudden, forceful back-and-forth movement can cause the brain to move. This is a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is how a concussion is classified.
A concussion can be diagnosed through imaging. It’s crucial that people who have suffered a concussion follow medical advice in order to more quickly and fully recover.
It’s understandable that you might not want any more disruption to your life than a crash that was someone else’s fault has already caused you. However, before reaching a settlement with the insurance company or anyone else, you need to know the full extent of your injuries and what kind of treatment will be necessary. You may need to see not just your doctor but a physical therapist and perhaps even a mental health professional after a crash. Don’t settle for less than you need and deserve.