If a car accident tainted the end of your 2018 year or beginning of 2019, you may still be struggling emotionally to overcome the trauma you experienced. Depending on the events that led to the collision, such as whether it may have been unavoidable (as in a blown tire or extremely inclement weather and road conditions) or could have been prevented were it not for another driver's negligence, you may be able to enjoy a swift and full recovery or could be in for a long, arduous process.
If your injuries were moderate to severe, your life may never be the same as it was moments before the crash. Many Wyoming accident victims suffer partial or full disabilities that prompt changes in all aspects of their lives, including family life and the workplace. You may be among those who thought they were okay in the immediate aftermath of a crash only to develop symptoms later. In any case, the type of support you have may be a key factor toward your ability to recover.
Be alert for delayed symptoms that may signify serious injuries
It is not uncommon to have trouble thinking clearly after you've been in a car accident. Your emotions, stress level and, perhaps, physical discomfort might make it difficult to focus and to recognize possible signs of injury. The following list shows symptoms that should prompt you to seek immediate medical attention, whether one day or several weeks have passed since the incident:
- Cognitive problems, such as confusion, dizziness, memory loss or speech impairment often signify traumatic brain injury.
- Any type of headache after a car accident warrants immediate medical attention.
- Neck and shoulder pain may be signs that you have suffered whiplash, especially if a car hit you from behind traveling less than 14 miles per hour.
- Back pain may be a sign of a spinal injury, and it often occurs in side or rear collisions.
- A swollen tummy or painful abdomen are red flags that may mean you are bleeding internally.
It is always better to be proactive and seek medical diagnosis for any questionable symptoms you experience during recovery from a car accident than it is to ignore adverse health issues because you think too much time has passed for it to be related to your accident. Doctors and hospitals have the resources to determine whether the symptoms you're having are par for the course or are pointing toward a more serious, underlying injury.
Who pays the medical bills?
If a negligent or reckless driver caused the accident you were involved in, you should not have to bear the full financial burden of the situation. The court often awards compensation for damages to recovering victims that they can use to help defray medical expenses and other costs associated with their injuries.