Five Potential Injuries You Should Be Checked for After a Fender Bender in California
If you are involved in a seemingly minor car accident in California and do not immediately feel pain, you might assume that this means you will not have any injuries. This can be false. In fact, we recommend that after any accident, you get medical care to ensure you do not have injuries that have not become clear yet.
Continue reading to learn about five of the potential injuries you should be checked for after a fender bender and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you have suffered an injury and require a free legal consultation.
- Wrist or Arm Injury If your hands were on the steering wheel at the time of the accident, then your wrists and arms might have absorbed a lot of the impact of the accident. These injuries might not be felt at first, but they can get worse as hours and days go by. These kinds of seemingly minor injuries can actually require surgery and physical therapy, especially if they are not diagnosed and treated quickly.
- Airbag Injuries Many people are surprised to see that their airbags deployed when the accident was actually fairly minor. It is important to know that while airbags do significantly reduce the chance of death in the event of a serious car accident, they can also cause injury. Talk to your medical professional to find out if this has happened to you.
- Brain Injuries Many traumatic brain injuries are immediately clear because the victim will not be conscious. However, some are much less obvious. For example, if you experience a severe case of whiplash, your brain can actually slam against the interior of your skull. You could hit your head on the steering wheel or on your vehicle’s dashboard. These actions can all lead to brain injuries that are not immediately apparent but could be causing permanent damage until addressed.
- Back Injuries When you suffer the impact of a car accident, it can cause your spine to compress and/or misalign. This is not always painful immediately but can become very painful if not diagnosed and treated. Back injuries can begin to hurt hours or days after an injury occurs, but if you wait that long to go to the doctor, you will have a hard time proving that the injury was the result of the car accident you were involved in.
- Soft Tissue Injuries The most common injuries in fender benders, soft tissue injuries, can also be much more serious than you think. The most commonly discussed example is whiplash, but there are many other types of soft tissue injury. They almost always require medical attention and can require ongoing physical therapy.
If you have been injured in a car accident, there are two things you should do. First, get medical care. Second, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.