A serious accident can be a life-changing experience. If you sustained an obvious injury in a crash, such as a broken bone or deep cut, then seeing a doctor is a no-brainer. But what if you do not feel injured?
Even a minor fender-bender can cause whiplash and other injuries. However, the adrenaline of an accident can prevent you from noticing symptoms. Sometimes people do not realize they were injured until several hours or days after the crash. This is why you should seek medical attention after every car accident – even if you feel fine.
A fast diagnosis may shorten your recovery time and improve the outcome of your treatment. Also, your doctor’s record will be essential evidence if you make a claim against the at-fault driver.
If you were injured in a crash that you did not cause, contact The Law Office of Brian K. Branch. As an injury lawyer in Albuquerque, Mr. Branch can help you pursue the maximum compensation for medical bills, time off work and other damages.
Our lawyers have more than 32 years of combined experience practicing law, and we will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 505-764-9710 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Read on to learn about five common car accident injuries:
- Abdominal Wounds
According to Medscape, abdominal wounds are often fatal. The powerful impact of an accident can injure the kidney, liver, spleen and other critical organs.
Abdominal wounds are difficult to treat. Some are immediately life-threatening while others gradually worsen over time.
- Injuries to the Spine
Spine injuries can affect your career, relationships and ability to enjoy an active lifestyle. Some victims require constant medical care.
There is no such thing as a “minor” injury to the spine, but some are certainly worse than others. Patients often need long-term rehabilitation. Common injuries include broken vertebrae, nerve damage and slipped discs.
The impact of a crash can send glass, metal and other projectiles flying throughout a vehicle. These can cause puncture wounds and lacerations. While an arterial cut can be life-threatening, even a minor wound can lead to an infection.
- Injuries to the Head and Neck
Whiplash is particularly common in rear-end accidents. As WebMD explains, common symptoms include:
- Discomfort between shoulder blades;
- Neck stiffness;
- Lower back pain;
- Dizziness and disorientation;
- And headaches.
Drivers and passengers who do not wear seatbelts are particularly susceptible to head injuries. Impacting the steering wheel, side window or dashboard can cause severe brain damage.
- Bone Fractures
Broken bones cause immediate pain, and they may take several months to heal. Some victims cannot return to work.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in New Mexico, contact an Albuquerque car accident attorney from The Law Office of Brian K. Branch.
Since its founding in 1997, our firm has provided aggressive and compassionate representation to the injured. We have successfully handled cases involving premises liability, wrongful death, product liability, oilfield accidents and car crashes. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 505-764-9710.