Getting into a car accident can be one of the worst things to happen to you. The incident scars you for life, either mentally or physically or both. For some people, the pain and trauma from car accidents go away in a few days or weeks. But, for some people, coping can become a lifelong process, requiring them to go to therapy and take antidepressants and other medicines.
If you were in a car accident recently, you need to educate and prepare yourself for the long-term effects the incident may have on you. When dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, you need to understand all the risks involved. To know details, speak to an attorney and get answers to personal injury questions.
Long-term effects of a car accident
Whiplash is a physical injury that occurs when your head receives a sudden jolt or shake and jostles to the front and back rapidly. It is a common long-term effect after car accidents and can linger for years if not treated at the right time. Some of the symptoms of whiplash include the following:
- Dizziness or fatigue.
- Lack of proper function in the neck and shoulders.
- Neck pain and stiffness whenever you try to move your head.
- Soft tissue damage.
Soft tissue damage occurs when a victim suffers from bruises, muscle strains, joint sprains, ligaments in the fascia, or connective tissue. Other symptoms include inflammation, soreness, stiffness, swelling, etc. These symptoms may be subtle or obvious, varying from one person to the next. These symptoms can even be inconsistent, making it difficult for people to decide whether they should go to the doctor.
Certainly, a car accident does inflict not only physical damage but also emotional. Many people who recover from their injuries keep struggling with their emotions long after the accident. For example, a significant number of people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic crash.
Some common emotional effects of a car accident include the following:
- Sleep disturbances
- Anger management problems
- Sexual dysfunctions
- Feelings of shame
- Irrational fears
- Financial consequences.
There are certain long-term financial consequences to a car accident as well. Medical treatment of injuries can be quite expensive. You may also face consequences regarding your earning, depending on the type of work you do.
If you are worried about how you will manage these costs, you need an attorney. Consult with one and get answers to all of your questions.