Being involved in a vehicular accident can be traumatic, costly, and leave you with lingering physical, mental, and emotional effects that can last for the rest of your life.
If you become injured in an accident of this nature, the physical effects by themselves can be critical. Ruptured and herniated discs and or nerve damage might not be responsive to chiropractic treatment though surgery might be considered too risky. There is no guarantee of a full recovery and your injuries might require the remainder of your life to be filled with chiropractic care and pain management.
This is one reason why it is so important for you to get a good auto accident attorney. Also, you will have so much to do after a car accident, getting an attorney can take your mind off of having to deal with the insurance companies and allow you to heal and deal with the medical issues.
Let’s talk about PTSD for a minute. PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is defined by the Mayo Clinic as being a condition that is triggered by a horrifying event. This can be because you saw it happen or because it happened to you. Some of the symptoms can include severe anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks and thoughts regarding the event that are not able to be controlled.
PTSD is one of the possible effects of a car accident that doesn’t get much attention. We tend to hear more about neck and back injuries, but injuries to the brain can be just as, if not more, devastating. PTSD may or may not be linked to the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that is so critical to forming memories.
This is one of the effects of a car accident that can linger with you for the rest of your life. In fact, mental aspects of a vehicular accident can linger long after the physical injuries are nothing but a memory. In some severe car accidents, patients have reported that they have an inability to drive following the accident due to fear or anxiety about the possibility of being involved in a subsequent accident.
If you sustain an injury in a car accident that affected your muscles, there is a possibility that they will never fully recover. Consider whiplash, for example. This is one of the most common injuries in an accident and victims report treatment failures and related health issues that are long term. This can lead to you being in pain on a continual basis, while also leading to the muscles deteriorating because they aren’t being used as they should be. Your muscles have a significant role to play in your body and as such, deterioration can lead to you having trouble performing even your normal daily functions and can possibly lead to a loss of use that is permanent.
Trauma to the body that is severe, such as that which can be caused by a car accident, can affect its ability to properly function. This includes the ability that the body has to correctly absorb nutrients. At times, this can be alleviated by taking supplements. However, in severe cases, this can lead to a loss of bone, and this is linked to osteoporosis.
If one of your limbs has been damaged due to a car accident, there is a distinct possibility that is will never be able to function properly again. There are treatments, like physical therapy, that might enable you to regain most of the use of that limb, but often it is impossible to completely restore the function and range of motion. As time goes by, and you age, it could mean that you will be fully disabled in the affected limb.
One of the most commonly reported health issue (on a long term basis) by people who have been injured in a car accident is spinal issues. Problems with your spine can appear as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis, degenerated disc, or a slipped disc, as well as taking many other forms. The unfortunate thing about a spinal injury is that doctors are limited on what they can do to treat them.
If you have been injured because of being in a car accident and you are afraid that your injury might lead to long-term health problems, you need to get legal representation. An attorney will speak with your doctors and investigate your injuries in order to assist you in getting the damages you need for your future medical treatment.