In January 2023, an 83-year-old woman from Bossier Parish was injured when a car that was making an illegal turn collided with her vehicle. When first responders arrived, the woman was alert and able to describe the events that led to the accident. They transported her to the hospital because they were concerned that her leg might be broken. The woman died later that day, although news sources did not have any additional details about her death, so it is unclear how her condition deteriorated after the accident or what underlying health conditions she had even before the accident.
Car accident injuries are sometimes worse than they seem, and the best way to ensure the fastest and most complete recovery is to begin treatment before the symptoms have a chance to get worse. Therefore, it is a good idea to go to the hospital emergency room to be examined after a car accident, even if you feel fine and do not think that you have any injuries that require treatment. If you need help filing an insurance claim to recover the costs of your emergency room visit and subsequent treatment after a car accident, contact a Houma car accident lawyer.
Sometime Serious Injuries Do Not Begin to Show Symptoms Immediately
Several common injuries that can result from car accidents begin to show symptoms several hours or even several days after the injury occurs. Car accidents are among the most common causes of whiplash injury and concussion; both of these conditions can cause chronic pain and other chronic symptoms, but they are not always accompanied by visible external wounds, so some patients do not even know that they are injured until the pain begins the next day.
Whiplash injury is a traumatic injury to the muscles of the neck and upper back. It occurs when the upper body gets pushed quickly forward and then back, as happens if someone rear-ends your car while you are wearing a seatbelt. If your car’s airbags inflate as a result of the accident, this could reduce the severity of your whiplash injury, but it could still lead to neck pain that lasts for weeks or even months.
A concussion is the least severe form of traumatic brain injury, and its symptoms can be debilitating, even though they are not permanent. Concussion symptoms can include headaches, sensitivity to light, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and depression.
It is best to go to the hospital immediately after an accident before the pain starts. This way, your medical records will clearly show when the injury occurred. Therefore, the other driver will not be able to argue that your headaches are because you got in another car accident the next day or that they are due to some pre-existing condition unrelated to the accident, such as perimenopause or playing too many video games. You would be surprised how low insurance companies and defendants in personal injury lawsuits will stoop to avoid admitting responsibility for your injuries.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey About Dealing With Your Accident-Related Medical Bills
A car accident lawyer can help you recover your accident-related financial losses after a car accident. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana, to set up a consultation about your case.