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Common delayed car accident injuries

Like many people, you may feel lucky to walk away from that crash on a New York highway without a scratch. The insurance company of the at-fault driver may want you to settle your claim quickly. However, at Bendall & Mednick, we often see clients who do not suffer from health issues until the days and weeks after their accident.

In a crash, your head and neck may have moved forward and then backward again so rapidly that you did not really even feel it. The airbag catches and cushions this typically violent motion, minimizing its impact, and if you had x-rays taken, they may not have revealed any problems with your spine. As FindLaw points out, though, you could still have a soft-tissue injury that causes severe pain to develop in your neck, shoulders and back. 

Headaches are another problem that could develop from that same violent forward and backward motion that hurt your neck and back. Even though you may not have hit your head at all, your brain could still have bumped against the inside of your skull, causing bruises or bleeding in the tissues. Swelling from the injury could make the issue worse, and could even put you in danger of a permanent brain injury. 

Some people discover that after a serious motor vehicle collision, they are reluctant to get behind the wheel again. Anxiety or depression can indicate emotional trauma from the accident that may need to be addressed by a mental health professional. 

More information about what happens after a car crash is available on our webpage.


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