It may sound surprising but injuries from an auto accident or nasty fall may not be immediate or obvious. Cuts, broken bones or unconsciousness are visible signs of injuries but soft tissue, brain, and back injuries may not be as evident.
Injuries that are initially latent can end up being devastating. We’ve seen cases where people didn’t realize they were hurt right after an accident but a day or so later, they begin having problems. These hidden injuries can cause serious health concerns and chronic pain.
That’s why it’s important that you see a doctor if you are involved in any kind of an accident, whether it be a traffic accident or tripping on the sidewalk. It’s especially important if you hit your head because you may not realize you suffered a concussion.
If you wait too long to address your medical needs, you could make your injuries worse and it may prohibit you from getting much-needed compensation to help you heal.
Here are some potential injuries that could cause serious long-term health problems even if symptoms are delayed.
Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord damage is one of the most common types of chronic injuries caused by slip and fall accidents. When the spinal cord is injured, it can cause permanent damage to the nerves, which can lead to problems with movement, sensation, or bladder and bowel function.
This type of injury is difficult to diagnose as many of them don’t show up on traditional x-rays or MRI scans. In some cases, they may not be detected until weeks or even months after the initial injury. This can make it difficult for victims to get the treatment they need and may result in long-term disability.
Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injuries can occur in any part of your body and can range from a minor sprain to a serious tear. One of the most common types is a sprain. A sprain occurs when one or more of your ligaments are stretched or torn. Sprains can occur in any part of your body, but they are most common in the ankle, knee, and wrist. They can cause pain and get in the way of everyday life.
Some of the most dangerous injuries are the ones you can’t see. When involved in an auto accident, the impact has the ability to damage the heart, spleen, liver, bowels, lungs, and more. Falls typically cause broken ribs, which can irritate the other organs. All have the potential to be life-threatening, and so require immediate medical attention.
If you are involved in an accident or experience a serious fall and aren’t sure what to do, see a doctor first. Then give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have to determine if you can seek compensation.
At Kagan Law Firm in Fort Myers, FL, we understand any injury can cause a hardship for you and your family. We are here to support and guide you throughout the process. Call the Kagan Law Firm today at (239) 466-1161 to schedule a free consultation or visit our website for more information.