Following an auto accident, it may take a few hours or even a few days for you to feel the full extent of your injuries. Auto accidents cause many different kinds of injuries, including fractures, contusions, swelling, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, and road rash. After an auto accident, it is important you follow any recommendations made by your emergency physician, if you saw one. Often, you will be instructed to rest after an accident so your body can heal. This also gives you a chance to become aware of the full extent of your injuries before you return to normal levels of activity. Similarly, initial swelling may need to subside in order for you to know the full extent of your injuries. Depending on the injury, you could recover in a few weeks or several months. Sometimes the slight tear or stretch of a tendon or ligament can cause the longest-lasting symptoms. Also, keep in mind that how long you will feel the affects of an accident will depend on your treatment options. Some injuries, even minor, will not have easy or effective treatment options, meaning you will be suffering from them for longer. On the other hand, certain severe injuries, such as rib fractures, may heal on their own relatively quickly. Because not all of your injuries will be easily or quickly treatable, they could heal at varying rates, further prolonging your overall recovery time.
While there are preventative measures you can take to prevent injuries from auto accidents, know that even minor fender benders can result in long lasting symptoms. After an accident, be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations for rehabilitation. If you are filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit as a result of the accident, make sure you treat your injuries completely and exhaust all potential treatment options prior to settlement. Once you settle your insurance claim or are awarded a judgment, you cannot make further claims for damages for that accident. Since the value of your claim will depend on your medical bills and how long you had to treat your injuries, only by treating your injuries completely and according to your doctor’s recommendations can you have the best chance at receiving fair compensation for your losses.
At Blackburn & Green, our experienced personal injury and auto accident attorneys know how to handle small and large cases alike. We have represented thousands of injured people over the years. We treat every client, regardless of his or her injuries, with respect and will fight hard to obtain you maximum compensation. We offer free initial consultations at one of our office locations or at your home or hospital room. Call (800) 444-1112 or (260) 422-4400 to be connected with one of our 25 convenient office locations across Indiana or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation. Contact Blackburn & Green for knowledgeable and caring legal counsel on your personal injury case today.