The impact of a collision can leave vehicle occupants with long-term health problems. In Michigan and elsewhere, addressing injuries in the first 72 hours after a car accident is crucial. It is rarely a good idea to decline a trip to the hospital after a collision, even if there is no evidence of broken bones or open wounds.
Even seemingly insignificant accidents like fender benders could cause injuries that might be hidden at first but develop into chronic pain if left untreated. The absence of severe damage to the vehicle often has little bearing on the severity of injuries to the occupants of the car. Low impact accidents can cause delayed injuries that could adversely affect a victim’s lifestyle.
Whiplash is a common consequence of car accidents, and when the facet joints of vertebrae are damaged, chronic neck or back injuries can follow. Whiplash can also cause blurred vision, dizziness, fatigue, headaches and neck stiffness and pain. Without the necessary treatment, headaches can increase in severity in the months following a collision.
Another reason for receiving prompt medical care as soon as possible after a car accident is to establish a record of crash-related expenses. If another party’s negligence caused the crash, the victim might have grounds to pursue a claim for financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. An experienced Michigan attorney can determine the viability of a personal injury lawsuit and provide valuable support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings.