When you’ve been involved in a car accident, injuries can be minor such as whiplash or more serious such as spinal cord or brain injuries. However, even the most minor injuries can be expensive to treat, which is why it is important to consider filing a personal injury claim with a personal injury attorney. If you’ve been injured in an accident, follow these important steps to make sure that you get the proper care and appropriate compensation for your pain and suffering.
1. Seek Medical Care Immediately
Even if you think your injuries from your car accident aren’t serious, see a doctor immediately. If your symptoms include pain or dizziness (even a few days after an accident), get checked out too. This helps you to receive documentation of your injuries, which can help in any lawsuit that may be filed later.
2. Take Photos of Injuries and Keep Notes Through Your Treatment
Keep track of all of your appointments and save copies of all of your bills associated with the accident. This will all be helpful information for your personal injury lawyer while preparing your claim.
3. Gather Accident Information
Make sure that you have all of the names of witnesses and pictures of damage to your vehicle (and even theirs). You will also want to get an official record of any work you missed due to this accident to be used later during the claims process.
Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
One of the most common types of car accident injuries is to the head and/or brain. These injuries, known as traumatic brain injuries, occur when the head is hit by or hits another object. Types of these injuries include:
- Bleeding, swelling or bruising of the brain
- Skull fractures
Treatments for these injuries vary depending on the severity of the injury including medications to prevent clots or seizures, surgery to stop bleeding in the brain or to alleviate pressure in the skull for swelling.
Another common auto accident injury is back or neck injuries. Much like head or brain injuries, these will vary in severity too. The sudden movements of an auto accident cause these injuries; however, they can occur if they have been struck or they strike an object violently too. The most common neck or back injuries include:
- Neck/back strain
- Herniated discs
- Fractured vertebrae
Ultimately, these types of injuries can cause disability or ongoing pain. Treatments include pain medication, muscle relaxers, cortisone shots or even surgery.
The last common type of injury we will cover is psychological or emotional injuries. Even if you aren’t injured physically, car accidents can be traumatic. They can lead to emotional distress, depression or anxiety after the car accident. For more severe accidents, post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may also occur. Treatment can include a combination of both therapy and medication.
Now that you understand the most common injuries and their treatments, you are more informed and able to assess the value of your case. You can work with an attorney to come up with the proper compensation for your expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering from your car accident injuries.
Consult a Car Accident Attorney
After you’ve suffered injuries from a car accident, it’s time to contact an expert car accident injury attorney. At Titus Law, LLC, our mission is to help take some of the stress off you during this traumatic time. We will fight for your legal rights after being injured in a car accident. To learn more about what to do after you’ve been injured, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today by calling 770-416-8426.