If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you probably have a lot of questions. You may wonder how common your type of injury is, and whether it’s worth pursuing a claim. Your injury may seem minor, or your pain or symptoms may have started a little while after the crash, and you might think your pain will just go away on its own.
A number of the types of injuries we commonly see in people who have been in accidents aren’t immediately apparent right after the collision. It may take days for your neck or back to start to hurt, even though the damage was caused by the collision. And if not treated, many types of injuries will just get worse and cause other problems for you.
You could find that something that starts with a twinge in your back becomes a pain that radiates down your arm or leg and affects your range of motion and ability to perform everyday tasks. Or you could find that a chronic headache you thought was just stress actually is a symptom of a brain injury caused by the impact of the collision.
For your own health and well-being, it’s important to see a health care provider as soon as you start to experience symptoms after an accident. But it’s also important to do that in the event you have to make a claim to get your medical costs paid. Some types of injuries don’t show up on x-rays, and if you didn’t immediately seek medical attention, insurance companies will dispute your claim even though your pain and suffering is very real.
At Staver Law Group, we’ve helped countless people injured by auto collisions to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability, and loss of normal life. We talk daily to people just like you, who have been told by insurance companies that their injuries are all in their head, or try to deny that they were caused by your accident.
We can help you document your injuries and connect them to your accident so that you can obtain the compensation Illinois law says you should have.
Common Car Accident Injuries
In general, there are some common types of injuries we see in people who have been the victims of auto collisions.
- Head and Brain Injuries — This can include concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, skull fractures, or lacerations that require plastic surgery.
- Neck and Back Injuries — This could include whiplash, herniated discs, spinal cord damage, sprains, or strains.
- Burn Injuries — Burns can run the spectrum from minor to fatal. Serious burns may require skin grafts and result in scarring.
- Soft Tissue Injuries — When muscles, tendons, or ligaments are stretched or torn in an accident, the pain can be significant and lingering.
- Spinal Injuries – When the spinal cord is damaged, and the severity of the injury, a loss of movement or sensation in the lower extremities may result.
- Broken Bones — Broken bones can be extremely painful, may require surgery to fix, and can take a very long time to heal.