Those who have been involved in a car accident know that the recovery process can be lengthy. Every accident is different, however, and it can be difficult to know what post-accident pain is “normal” and what symptoms could be a sign of something more serious.
Minor injuries like scratches and bruises heal in a week or two, but more severe injuries are a different story. In fact, car accident victims often experience lifelong symptoms as a result of the accident, especially if they do not receive immediate medical care.
Types of Accidental Pain
In the moments immediately following an accident, pain is pain, and it will be difficult, if not impossible, to assess the severity of an injury. Of course, you can know if you’ve broken a bone or been deeply cut. However, not all injuries show visible symptoms. The most important thing is to see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident.
There are several types of pain that can occur after a major car accident. These include:
- Referring pain – If you are in pain but can’t quite tell where it’s coming from, it’s likely radiating pain. Radiant pain often occurs on the back and neck, as well as on the arms and legs.
- Sharp pain – Sharp pain is most commonly described as a “stabbing” sensation. Sharp pain is very noticeable and is unlikely to go away without medication.
- Throbbing pain – If the pain feels like a heartbeat, it is considered a throbbing pain.
- Pressing pain – Pain that is tolerable but lasts for days, weeks, or months is commonly referred to as aching pain.
Of course, the type of pain you are in may not necessarily have a material impact on the severity of your injury. It can take months for some injuries, such as: B. muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues, are healed, if they heal at all. However, the prognosis is usually much better for those seeking immediate medical treatment.
Accident-related factors affecting pain
While everyone feels pain, people tend to interpret and feel pain differently. Certain factors can affect the level of pain an accident victim feels and the duration of that pain. For example, all of the following factors can play a role:
- Position in the vehicle: Typically the driver and passenger seats are the safest places in a vehicle. As a result, those sitting in the back of the car may experience more pain and more serious injuries.
- Preconditions: Those accident victims who have had a history of injuries will often find that the accident made their symptoms worse. This is most common with existing back and neck injuries.
- Age: Our bodies are best able to withstand the forces of a car accident when we are young. As we age, our bodies take longer to heal, which can lead to persistent pain.
- Use seat belt: Seat belts have been shown to reduce serious injuries in many automobile accidents. That doesn’t mean you won’t be in pain after an accident wearing a seat belt. Indeed, seat belts often cause abrasions to the waist and chest of accident victims.
Regardless of the type of injuries you suffered in the accident, you are likely to miss some work and incur significant medical costs. At Console & Associates, we can help you obtain financial compensation from the culpable drivers responsible for your injuries.
What to do after a car accident in Pennsylvania
Of course, if you’ve been in a car accident recently, you have questions about what to do.
Here are a few things to consider after an accident:
Get examined by a doctor
You cannot tell the severity of your injuries until you see the doctor. Serious head, neck, and back injuries often show no visible signs. At first, they may not even cause pain. In addition, soft tissue injuries can take a long time to heal without proper medical care. Of course, if left untreated, these injuries can get worse.
Often times, accident victims feel the need to get back to their daily routine, whether they are working from home, raising children, or looking after another family member. Without adequate rest, however, it can take a long time for even minor injuries to heal.
Meet with a lawyer
If you are still in pain after an initial medical exam, call an attorney. Even if you don’t know who caused the accident or how severe your injuries are, a lawyer can help explain the recovery process so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.