There is no way to predict how an auto accident will affect you. Horrendous property damage does not always equal serious physical injury, and minimal damage does not rule out catastrophic injury. If your accident resulted in injuries for you or your loved ones, you may have a long road to recovery ahead of you.
Many people are lucky to escape a motor vehicle accident with cuts and bruises. While a broken bone may seem a minor injury, there is no telling how that wound will adversely affect your life, especially if it requires surgery or rehabilitation to heal properly. Too often, however, these minor injuries accompany more serious ones, and some injuries are not always easy to spot.
Frequent injuries from a car accident
Back and neck injuries are common in car accidents. Because your body was jolted in an unnatural way, your spine likely twisted or strained. This is commonly called whiplash, and its symptoms may include chronic pain and difficulty moving. More serious injury to your spine may also leave you with lifelong damage, including paralysis.
If you injured your head during the accident, you may be suffering from headaches or bruising. However, if the symptoms are more severe, you may have a brain injury. This can be a serious condition with many complications, including:
- Nerve damage
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Permanent disability
A motor vehicle accident may have left you with internal injuries that may not be apparent right away. A doctor can examine you for symptoms of damage to your organs, particularly your spleen.
Paying the high cost of getting well
Your physical injuries are not the only ones requiring attention. Victims of motor vehicle accidents frequently suffer from psychological trauma that interferes with normal life, especially if the accident was particularly violent or you lost a loved one. In addition to your physical and emotional injuries, you certainly do not want to add financial troubles.
As you work toward recovery, you are likely accumulating medical bills. Since the accident was not your fault, it may seem unfair for you to have to bear so much of the personal and financial cost. One way to mitigate the burden of medical bills is to seek restitution from the driver considered responsible for your accident. Consulting an Oklahoma attorney will provide you with answers and options for dealing with the cost of your recovery.