Major Injuries from Minor Car Accidents
Car accidents happen every day. While some of these accidents are severe, others are no more than minor fender benders that barely leave a scratch on the vehicles involved. Many people who are involved in these seemingly minor accidents fail to report it to their insurance or even the local police, figuring that a few scratches or a minor dent is not worth going through the trouble. Unfortunately, even minor accidents can result in serious car accident injuries. These injuries are not always apparent immediately, but can still result in potentially long term disabilities that have can serious repercussions on your future health and welfare.
Not So Minor Injuries
If you have been involved in a minor accident or fender bender, you may have sustained what you consider to be slight injuries, such as bumping your head or suffering a mild case of whiplash. While your injuries appear minor and you may be tempted to avoid seeking medical treatment, any type of head injury is worth a trip to the doctor. According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAUSA), a brain injury can result from any type of bump, blow, or jolt to the head, and even a mild brain injury can have serious consequences. Symptoms that your injury may be more serious than you think include the following:
- Feeling disoriented or confused
- Having problems remembering details about your accident
- Being excessively irritable or prone to anger
- Feeling tired and lethargic
- Suffering from headaches and dizziness
Any of the above symptoms should be reported immediately to your family doctor, as they can be indicative of an underlying, more serious problem.
Injuries That Are Not Immediately Apparent
Injuries in minor car accidents are not always immediately apparent to the person who suffers them or those around them. What feels like a sore spot or potential bruise can end up being damage to a muscle, tendon, or ligament that has the potential of causing long term harm. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, sprains, strains, and tears can occur anytime there has been a blow or twist to the body or a body part, and these types of soft tissue injuries are common in the aftermath of a car accident. Without the proper care and treatment, these injuries can turn into chronic conditions that can permanently affect your mobility and quality of life. If you have suffered any type of blow or bruise as the result of a minor accident, you need to seek medical treatment and follow your doctor’s instructions in regards to reducing swelling and getting the appropriate rest. Ignoring or overusing a sprained or strained muscle or tendon will often result in increased problems further down the line.
Contact Us Today for Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys understand the serious damages that can result from even minor car accidents, and can assist you in holding responsible parties accountable. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, we fight to assist our clients in getting the compensation they deserve. Call Akim Anastopoulo today for a free review of your case.