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Delayed Injuries After a Car Accident

 Posted on May 23, 2017 in Personal Injury

Milwaukee car accident attorneys, delayed injuriesSometimes, it is apparent immediately after a car accident that you are injured. Many people require the help of an ambulance or go straight to the hospital from the scene of an auto crash.

However, and perhaps more commonly, injuries take days or weeks to reveal themselves. Because of this, most lawyers advise to seek legal counsel and avoid agreeing to a settlement with an insurance company soon after a car accident.

Here are seven injuries that may appear in the days and weeks following your accident:

1. Headaches. Headaches, especially ones with delayed onset, can be a symptom of more serious medical issues such as a blood clot, a brain injury, or a neck problem.

2. Neck or shoulder pain. This injury is often due to whiplash and can also result in stiffness in this area of the body. Whiplash can happen even in accidents that occurred at low speeds.

3. Back pain. Discomfort in this area can be caused by injury to the back muscles, ligaments, or nerves. Damage to back vertebrae may also be a cause. It is estimated that back injuries arise in more than 50 percent of rear-end accidents and in nearly 75 percent of side-impact crashes.

4. Pain or swelling in the abdomen. This injury could be a sign of internal bleeding.

5. Numbness in the arms and hands. Whiplash and damage to the neck or spine can cause these symptoms.

6. Changes in personality, mental function, or physical ability. Brain injuries, including concussions, can cause a range of mental and physical limitations.

7. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This can manifest in the victim having life-like and upsetting memories of the car crash that keeps the victim from living as he or she did before the accident.

Types of Damages Awarded After a Car Accident

Each case is different, and a skilled personal injury lawyer should review the facts of your car accident to determine which types of damages may be available and in what amount.

  • Damages that could be awarded after serious injury in a car accident in Wisconsin include:
  • Past and future medical costs;
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of future earning capacity;
  • Property damage (to your vehicle and to possessions in the car that were damaged);
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Loss of consortium; and
  • Mental anguish.

Contact a Milwaukee, WI, Car Accident Lawyer

A car accident lawyer can be an invaluable asset as you pursue your injury claim. First, a lawyer can argue that another driver was at fault and defend against any claims that you are to blame for the accident.

Second, a lawyer will establish your injuries and be able to explain the value of your losses in a compelling way. Contact the knowledgeable Milwaukee car accident attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP by calling 414-271-1440.



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