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Never delay seeking medical attention after a car accident

All car accidents, no matter how seemingly minor, have the capacity to cause serious injury. Many people in the United States do not have comprehensive medical insurance, which means that they may be reluctant to seek medical care, especially when they do not believe that they are injured.

However, it is vital that you seek medical attention, even after an accident that resulted in no obvious injuries. This is because it is possible that you have suffered an injury with a delayed onset, such as a traumatic brain injury. Having a check-up is going to ensure that risk of serious delayed onset injury is mitigated, and you’ll also be able to have peace of mind that you are not in any medical danger. The following is an overview of delayed onset injuries that can occur after a minor car accident.

Swelling of muscles and tendons

The impact of even a minor car accident can mean that you body goes under a great deal of stress. The resistance that your body automatically conjures up to project itself from the impact can mean that your tendons and muscles become swollen. This often resolves itself with adequate rest.

Soft tissue damage

If damage to muscles is more severe or is not allowed to adequately heal, you may suffer from long-term soft tissue damage, and you may need to go through months of physical therapy or chiropractic work.

Whiplash

Whiplash is very common, and is characterized by neck pain as a result of the movement of your head and neck in the collision. If this is not treated properly, the pain can stay with you for the rest of your life.

Seeking immediate medical attention is not only good practice for insuring that you do not have life-threatening injuries. It can also help you to identify minor injuries so that you can treat them appropriately and so that they do not become chronic. Make sure that you take action to file an insurance claim so that you can gain damages to pay for medical expenses.

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