People are extremely likely to suffer some kind of injury after a vehicle collision. Reports from the Colorado’s Department of Public Safety found that there were over 2,800 injuries from car crashes in 2016 alone in the state.
Following a motor vehicle accident of any severity, it is critical to see a doctor immediately. Contacting an attorney or insurance provider should take a back seat to your overall well-being. Unfortunately, many people avoid seeing a doctor because they worry about the cost or simply believe they do not need it. However, it is better to be safe than sorry and get a professional opinion. After all, some injuries take time to develop.
Shoulder and knee injuries
Due to a sudden collision, a driver’s knees or shoulders may be susceptible to extreme impacts. In many cases, the person will feel pain in these areas, not realizing how severe they are. Injuries in these areas can even become worse over time from lack of treatment. In the event cartilage becomes torn in one of these areas, the only solution is surgery.
Whiplash is a common injury after collisions. The act of suddenly retracting and rebounding can cause significant harm to the spine as well as various ligaments, tendons and muscles. A serious complication that can arise is the development of a herniated disc. This occurs when a vertebra moves out of alignment. It can result in severe pain or even paralysis in parts of the body.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Many people involved in an extreme car accident may suffer from psychological disorders, too. Some people develop a phobia of motor vehicles. They refuse to get inside a car no matter what, and this phobia can leave people housebound.
Seeing a doctor immediately after a car crash can help make it clear an injury occurred as a result of the accident. This is important in the event the injured party wants to try to receive damages in court down the line.