Long-Term Effects of Auto Accidents
The time immediately following an automobile accident can be stressful for many reasons, only one of which being dealing with the treatment and healing of an injury sustained during the accident. Some injuries heal relatively quickly and are nothing to worry about shortly after the accident. Sometimes, however, the injury is severe enough to cause long-term damage. This is not as uncommon as one might think and it may influence how a lawsuit is filed or what kind of compensation is being sought after.
While muscles sprains and even broken bones can heal in a relatively timely manner, spine and head injuries tend to be the most likely to cause long term damages. One concussion might not seem like a big deal, but multiple in one’s life can influence cognitive thinking and memory problems. If more serious trauma is done to the spinal cord or brain, paralysis or a loss of functionality can occur, often which is irreversible.
Most people forget that auto accidents can cause long-term emotional and psychological effects as well. Anxiety and sleep troubles are common after an accident, especially ones that are dramatic and severe. This can impact one’s working life, social life, and ability to get behind a wheel again. Under extreme circumstances, a person can even develop post-traumatic stress disorder following a particularly bad accident and this is not a disorder that should be taken lightly.
While some wounds heal easily, some do not and you should always seek the appropriate medical treatment for such injuries if they turn out to be long-term. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver, you can file a lawsuit against him or her to receive compensation for this treatment and for other negative impacts it might have on your life. For a free consultation with the Franco Law Firm to determine what your best options are and course of action is, please feel free to call us any time at (813) 872-0929.