When a collision occurs on a Texas roadway, the days and weeks that follow may be stressful (and painful) for those involved. It is always best to seek immediate medical attention after a crash, even if there are no visible injuries. In fact, it is important to closely monitor one’s health condition during the recovery period because new symptoms may develop at any time, some of which could suggest a severe, internal injury.
Post-accident adrenaline can hide whiplash
One of the most common injuries that occur in a motor vehicle collision is whiplash, which is a broad term referring to upper body trauma and injuries to the neck, shoulder, upper-back or head region. When a person is involved in a collision, he or she may not be immediately aware of injury, especially whiplash. In fact, hours or days can pass before symptoms of whiplash develop. A physician knows what symptoms to look for to diagnose whiplash.
Internal injuries can place a life at risk
Internal bleeding or injury to a liver, spleen or other organ may not produce outward symptoms right away. This is another reason it is best to seek medical attention after a car accident. Emergency room doctors can run tests to run to rule out internal injuries.
Recovery may be long and arduous for severe injuries
In the aftermath of a Texas car accident, it is not uncommon for a recovering victim to feel good one moment and poor, the next. As time passes, however, he or she should start to feel a bit better each day, especially if proper medical support is being provided. When a person suffers injuries because of another driver’s negligence or recklessness, state law allows him or her to seek compensation for damages in a civil court. This type of litigation is common in cases where a person has suffered severe or life-threatening injuries.