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In a car accident? Don’t miss these common long-term consequences

October 14, 2016

Nobody plans to have a car accident, but that doesn’t stop them from occurring. Despite every effort you take to be safe on the road – wearing your seatbelt, stopping completely at stop signs, and using your turn signal – some unexpected person or problem may be lurking in the distance waiting to wreak havoc on your life.

Although an accident can occur in the blink of an eye, some crash victims, their family and friends may be left to deal with the consequences for days, weeks, and months after the crash. In some instances, they may be forced to face reminders of their accidents for the rest of their lives.

Hidden consequences

After a motor vehicle accident, you may be facing a long path of problems – in addition to scrapes, bruises, and dented fenders -that you may not even realize on the day of the accident. Following are some common consequences of car crashes that may not reveal themselves until later:

Mental Anguish

It’s not uncommon for car accident victims to experience mental anguish after the event. For many people, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are very real elements of life they must live with every day. Some victims even develop phobias, which can inhibit the normal functioning of their lives.

Depending on the severity of the trauma incurred, car accident victims may find it difficult to perform normal duties such as going to the store, getting to work, and traveling to see family members. An exacerbated feeling of disconnect can worsen the effects of depression.

Physical Ailments

Not all injuries will be readily apparent. Although you don’t know the long-term problems that can come out of your car crash, you can take proactive measures by seeing the right professionals right away. Each visit to a medical professional will be accompanied with documentation that could become crucial, should you end up going to court.

After your crash, be sure to visit a medical professional, such as a:

  • Doctor
  • Chiropractor
  • Physical therapist
  • Any other medical professional to which you’re referred

Have you been injured in a car accident? It’s important to meet with an experienced personal injury attorney so you can get the help you need with your recovery. A lawyer from the Begum Law Group can help you organize your documents and explain your options.

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