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How to Identify Auto-Related Injuries

How to Identify Auto-Related Injuries

Today’s guest blog, How to Identify Auto-Related Injuries, is by Attorney Yosi Yahoudai of the J&Y Law Firm.

If you or someone you know has recently been involved in an automobile accident, you may want to be on the watch for injuries that occur some time after the accident itself has taken place.  In a typical situation, emergency medical personnel will arrive to evaluate everyone involved and to identify any injuries.  While some injuries from an accident are easy to identify, such as lacerations, broken bones and some contusions, there are other injuries that you may have suffered which are often left undiscovered until well after the accident has occurred, even weeks or months afterward. 

Auto-Related Injuries

How to Identify Auto-Related Injuries

Most of these injuries are classified as soft-tissue injuries, most frequently in the forms of:

  • Whiplash (also known as myofascial injuries or cervical strain)
  • Concussions (mild traumatic brain injury)

In many auto-related accidents, especially with accidents involving rear-end collisions, a type of trauma known as whiplash commonly occurs.  Most often localized around the neck, whiplash is when the head and/or neck area have suffered violent and unexpected back and forth movement that can cause soreness in the neck and hyperextension of the muscles around the area.  Being a soft-tissue injury, this can also be difficult to identify, especially if the pain is not so severe as to warrant a hospital visit according to the victim’s own judgment.  However, if left untreated for a prolonged amount of time, whiplash can eventually lead to severe headaches, impacted range of motion in the head and neck, or tenderness, swelling and even shooting pains in the affected areas.

Concussions, like whiplash, are also difficult to identify if the victim does not immediately show signs or symptoms.  Just as with soft-tissue injuries, concussions can also be easily dismissed by injured parties as symptoms can typically fade without any evidence of long-term effects.  Concussions themselves can range from mild or Grade 1 – where a person will display confusion but tends to recover rather quickly – all the way to severe or Grade 3 – where a person can lose consciousness for up to minutes at a time.  In many cases, the injured will report dizziness or confusion, and they may even display any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Numbness
  • Slurred speech
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty in walking or balancing
  • Sensitivity to light or sound

How to Identify Auto-Related Injuries

While these more immediate symptoms are often considered detrimental in and of themselves, the longer lasting effects and late-stage symptoms of concussions are often regarded as just as bad, if not worse, as they tend to affect behavior patterns and ability to function.

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Easily distracted

What could possibly be considered even worse than the physical and emotional damage that these sorts of injuries can cause as well as their long-term effects on the lives of anyone who suffer them, is the often-missed opportunities to settle these types of injuries in court.  Many court cases come to settlement terms before the full reach of these injuries are discovered, and it becomes increasingly difficult for victims of car-related accidents to file for financial compensation that might be required for a new array of medical bills, bills that could include hospitalization or therapy.

Should you happen to represent victims of these circumstances in the future, make sure to review all options regarding long-term impact of their injuries.  Be sure to emphasize to them the importance of regular correspondence with medical professionals, not only to make sure that symptoms of these sorts of injuries are accounted for, but also to ensure they are treated as speedily and efficiently as possible.

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How to Identify Auto-Related Injuries

About The Author

Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y Law Firm. Yosi is an inspired, aggressive and successful advocate for his clients, especially those who have suffered from car accidents. He is personally committed to making a difference in his clients’ lives. Nothing makes Yosi happier than getting his clients’ lives back on track.