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Are All Car Crash Injuries Immediately Evident?

Goldstein Heslop Steele Clapper Oswalt & Smith Dec. 10, 2021

No two car accidents are the same, which is why no two accident victims sustain the same injuries. While some can walk away with minor cuts and bruises from a head-on collision, others may find themselves with traumatic brain injuries. However, one thing is most likely common for most injured car accident victims—they suffer a huge emotional trauma in addition to their physical injuries and both should be compensated through a personal injury lawsuit.

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is common after a car crash. This means events that used to be normal before the crash could now cause anxiety in the victim. While physical scars are evident after an accident, proving emotional and psychological trauma can be more difficult, especially since it can differ from person to person. Pennsylvania residents struggling to get behind the wheel after becoming injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence may need counselling to move forward.

Even physical injuries often take time to manifest, which is why it can be argued they were not a result of the crash in question. For example, brain injuries need not be immediately evident if not searched for. Since they are especially serious and can be life threatening, it is important to check for them soon after a crash. Internal bleeding is another example of a serious car accident injury, which can be treated if detected on time but can become life-threatening if not dealt with immediately.

Broken bones, cuts and bruises and herniated discs are all injures that are immediately evident after an accident, but they are certainly not the only ones victims suffer. While getting medical treatment is crucial to ensure one can return to their normal life, many accident victims may not be able to afford medical care. One way to ease the financial burden associated with a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence is to file a personal injury lawsuit to hold the other driver accountable.