When you think about injuries you could suffer in a car crash, it’s likely that you think about those you can see or otherwise immediately perceive. For example, you may picture someone screaming in agony with blood all over their face or a bone sticking out of their leg.
Yet some injuries are harder to spot because they are less outwardly visible and may not become symptomatic immediately. Here are just a few to be aware of.
Psychological and emotional injuries
People cannot see what’s going on inside your head. Yet many car crash victims suffer major psychological or emotional trauma that can affect them for years to come. If you are too scared to set foot in a car again or get sudden panic attacks or flashbacks to the incident, it could reduce your ability to earn and enjoy life.
Harm such as traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding and punctured lungs are not as outwardly obvious as breaks and external bleeding. Getting a medical check-up immediately after a crash allows doctors trained to recognize the warning signs of internal injury to check for them. They can also use tools such as scans if need be to see inside you to better ensure that no potentially life-threatening conditions are missed or misdiagnosed.
Remember, some internal injuries can be life-threatening if not caught and treated early. If you don’t get a check-up, you may not be around long enough to claim compensation for your injuries. Once a doctor has diagnosed the full extent of the harm done to you in a car crash, you can seek legal help to claim compensation.