Being involved in a car accident, even a minor one, can be a scary and overwhelming experience. While the immediate impact of a car accident can be significant, there are long-term factors you may not be aware of.
It’s these long-term issues that may cost you more in terms of money, required medical treatment and enjoyment of life you should consider when filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
Herniated discs and soft tissue damage
Common injuries in car accidents (even minor ones) include soft tissue damage, meniscus tears, cervical injuries, whiplash and herniated discs. Usually, impact injuries occur because of the force of a collision.
Herniated discs occur when the soft jelly of the disc moves into other parts of the spinal column. This can cause pain, weakness and numbness.
Long-term issues related to this injury include nerve root compression causing weakness, mobility issues, chronic pain syndrome and sometimes depression due to the consistent pain. Whiplash may also occur, which can cause ringing in the ears, headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain and other symptoms if treatment isn’t provided immediately.
Ongoing costs and medical treatment
You will also have to undergo ongoing medical treatment along with the long-term injuries and pain and suffering that may occur. This comes at an additional cost and stress due to surgeries and other invasive treatments that may be required.
Recovering the compensation you deserve
While you may be focused on the immediate impact of a car accident, it’s important to think about the long-term impact it can have. When you file a lawsuit against the at-fault party, it’s crucial to factor in the long-term impact and factors that may apply to your situation.