When you have been involved in an accident, in most cases you know if you have been injured. Broken bones and other injuries are immediately apparent. But some injuries don’t show immediate symptoms. This is often the case with brain injuries. Many brain injury victims can walk away from an accident with little physical indication that they are injured. Anytime you have been involved in an accident, it may be in your best interest to get immediate medical attention and the advice of a Burnaby personal injury lawyer.
Many Injuries Do Not Have Immediate Symptoms
Some injuries can often take hours or even days to surface after an accident. Even a mild concussion can lead to mood swings, cognitive impairment, and personality changes. Whiplash injuries can lead to chronic back and neck pain.
Get Medical Attention Regardless
When you have been involved in an accident, you will want to get medical attention immediately, even if you are not experiencing any concerning symptoms. A full physical evaluation may uncover injuries even before symptoms appear. Even after a medical evaluation, you will want to stay mindful of any possible symptoms surfacing. Seek medical care if you experience any of the following symptoms.
Headache and/or Dizziness
If you have experienced a concussion, whiplash, or neck injury, your symptoms are often delayed and will often occur as headaches and dizziness. When you have hit your head or your head has been moved in a traumatic fashion, your brain can come into contact with the interior of the skull. This can result in damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can be life-altering. Never dismiss a headache or dizziness after a motor vehicle accident.
Shoulder or Neck Pain
Experiencing shoulder or neck pain after an accident can indicate whiplash, spinal injury, or various other injuries. Although these pains may not show up for a few days after the accident, it’s important that you be seen by a doctor when they do.
Back pain that expresses several days after an accident can mean a variety of things from a pinched nerve to a spinal cord injury. If ignored, these injuries can cause long-term pain issues and even mobility challenges.
Numbness or Tingling
Numbness and tingling can indicate pinched or damaged nerves and, if left untreated, cause pain or other long-term complications.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
When you have been injured in an accident, you should be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, if you have no symptoms after an accident, you may think you were not injured. In fact, insurance is more critical when it comes to delayed symptoms and their diagnoses. If you don’t seek medical attention after an accident, ICBC is often more skeptical of your injuries.
After an injury, hiring a Burnaby personal injury lawyer can be critical to your claim if you find you were injured and had no immediate injury symptoms. When you have been injured in an accident, call the personal injury experts at BIL BC Personal Injury Lawyer for a free consultation.