Sometimes, car accident victims are often relieved when they seem free of apparent fractures or wounds after an accident. Declining an ambulance ride to the hospital could prevent diagnoses of hidden injuries. A medical examination after a car accident is crucial, even if it confirms that there are no injuries.
Hidden injuries could include disc injuries or cervical dislocations due to the vehicle coming to a sudden stop. Fractured or cracked bones can cause long-term health problems. An example is a broken rib that punctures vital organs. Sprains, tears and strains of muscles, ligaments and tendons are typically only identified by CT scans or other equipment. These are soft tissue injuries that could become swollen and inflamed if left untreated.
The impact of a collision often causes whiplash injuries that cause headaches, neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, and even traumatic brain injuries, all of which can take months or years to heal. Further dangers include potential internal injuries to the kidneys, bowels, heart or aorta, lungs, liver and spleen. The severity of these injuries can only be determined by a doctor, failing which could be fatal if internal bleeding is not treated.
Last but equally traumatic could be the psychological damage caused by a vehicle accident, even if it involves the impact of witnessing others losing their lives. If another party’s negligence caused an accident, the injured victims might pursue financial relief. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide valuable support and guidance throughout a civil lawsuit. However, medical records must accompany documented claims, and the failure to have a medical examination after the accident might jeopardize the likelihood of recovering damages.