No one anticipates being involved in a Pennsylvania car accident. However, being able to determine if you have suffered a car accident injury can be the difference between life and death, especially since many symptoms don’t show up right away.
Types of accident injuries
Before understanding the symptoms of an accident injury, it’s important to recognize the common types of car accident injuries. They include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Limb injuries
A head injury can include a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is serious and can affect brain functions. You should get medical treatment immediately if you begin to have vision problems and/or experience physical impairment.
Whiplash is the most common type of neck injury and generally results from a rear collision causing a quick snapping of the neck. You may have sustained whiplash if you are suffering from severe pain in your neck and are having difficulty in moving your neck.
Damage to your internal organs can be some of the most serious types of injuries, since the injuries can’t be seen from the outside. If you feel pain and discomfort in any area of your body, you may have sustained an injury to one of your internal organs.
Also, a fractured rib can puncture a lung. Seek medical attention immediately if you feel discomfort or having difficulty in breathing.
Upper and lower limb injuries
Injuries to your limbs are generally easy to detect, since many limb injuries, such as broken bones, are easily recognized and are commonly accompanied by severe pain. However, damaged tendons and ligaments may not be visual, but will generally result in a great deal of pain.
Get medical attention
No matter how minor your accident was or how slight your injuries appear, and since many injuries and symptoms are not apparent, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately. This can minimize your pain and suffering and help you avoid long-term complications.
If your car accident was the fault of another driver, you might be able to hold them responsible for your damages. Call us today to learn more about your case and to order a free copy of our book, How to Maximize Your Pennsylvania Car Accident Case Before an Insurance Company Takes Advantage of You.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, contact one of our experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile Law Firm at 215-642-2335.