After a motor vehicle collision, you may be fortunate to learn you escaped with a few bumps and bruises or, at worst, a broken bone. This may be a slight setback with some minor inconveniences, and you will be back to normal in a day or two. However, if your accident is more serious, you may end up facing a long and painful recovery.
While every accident is different and no two outcomes are the same, first responders and emergency room teams frequently see similar injuries from car crashes. If you are involved in a serious accident, the kind and severity of the injuries you suffer will determine the focus and quality of your life for the foreseeable future.
How bad is it?
When you arrive at a Texas emergency room, doctors will use a variety of diagnostic techniques to determine the extent of your injuries. Sometimes they can ascertain an injury by observing you or asking you questions. Some injuries become clear when a doctor touches you in a certain way. Even with these hands-on techniques, your medical team will confirm your injuries through a series of screenings and tests. The types of injuries doctors may be most concerned about include the following:
- Internal injuries, which can include damage to your spleen or other organs resulting in internal bleeding and other complications
- Injuries to your chest from the blunt force trauma of striking the steering wheel or dashboard
- Neck or back injuries that can lead to partial or total paralysis if the spinal cord is involved
Perhaps the most terrifying injuries that occur in motor vehicle accidents are brain injuries that may lead to a wide array of complications including compromised motor skills and cognitive disabilities.
The aftermath of an accident
Whether you were involved in a simple crash or a catastrophic collision, you have two things to consider. First, you may have astronomical medical bills to pay even for minor or treatable injuries. Secondly, you may experience lifelong psychological trauma resulting from the stressful event. This may be especially true if you lost a loved one or watched your passengers suffer from their injuries.
Your emotional stress and physical pain are not something to dismiss. You may feel your suffering is unfair if another person’s negligent or reckless actions were the cause of your accident. A keen attorney will know how to present evidence of your suffering to maximize any compensation for which you might qualify after your accident.