Why You Should Take Any Accident-Related Injury Seriously
Low-speed car accidents can be deceiving. Many people walk away from fender benders believing that they cannot have serious injuries because their vehicle was not severely damaged. The truth is that any car accident can result in devastating injuries, regardless of speed.
At Coletrane & Messersmith, we know the impact that even “minor” car accidents can have. We represent injury victims throughout Virginia, including those that initially believed their injuries were not severe enough to receive compensation. Let our experienced lawyers help you understand your rights, including whether you have a valid claim for damages. If you were involved in a car accident, contact our office at (757) 223-4453 to book a free consultation.
Minor Accident, Serious Injuries
Many people assume that their car accident was minor because the vehicles were not totaled or because it was a low-speed collision. In reality, the impact of a “minor” collision can be extensive.
Even if you are unsure about the extent of your injuries, you should always seek medical attention and contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer will help you file a claim against any liable parties and help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Types of Injuries Common in Minor Accidents
One of the most common types of injuries after even a low-speed crash is trauma to the head and neck. Head or neck injuries can cause long-term health problems and may not be immediately apparent in the hours and days following the accident.
Types of injuries common after minor accidents:
- Confusion and memory loss
- Torn ligaments
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
- Neck and back pain
The violent, unexpected jolt of a collision can jerk your body back and forth. The head and neck often absorb the majority of this motion resulting in trauma. Unfortunately, the body can mask these injuries leaving people to believe that they did not sustain injury. Only later, once the initial shock has worn off, does the pain begin to take effect.
Getting the Help You Need
Since many of these injuries can have long-term health consequences and, left untreated, may result in serious complications, it is essential to get seen by a medical professional immediately. An early diagnosis can help ensure that you make a full recovery after an accident-related injury and could help you obtain compensation to cover any treatments.
Damages in a car accident case may include compensation for:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical expenses such as physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
By seeking medical attention immediately, you can create evidence of your injury to help prove your case. An attorney can help walk you through the process and make sure that you receive the maximum recovery allowed based on the circumstances of the collision.
Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a car accident, contact our office at (757) 223-4455 to book a free consultation. It is important to know that you can get injured in a minor accident, and those injuries can be severe. Do not wait until it is too late. Call our legal team to get the personalized, dedicated representation you need to get the recovery you deserve.