What Can I Expect Physically After My Car Wreck? - Reyes Law Firm

What you can expect physically after a car accident depends on the nature of the crash. If you were severely injured, healing could take a long time. You may never fully recover. Less severe injuries can still mean considerable medical expense, time lost from work, and the inability to participate in everyday activities.

A Dallas car accident lawyer at Angel Reyes & Associates can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.

The Day After the wreck

Expect to feel worse the day after a car accident. You may not have felt too bad when you went to bed, but the following day there are considerable aches and pains. After a shock, such as a car wreck, your body releases adrenaline. This powerful chemical can mask severe pain for several hours. Many people experience discomfort or stiffness in their back, neck, shoulders, or knees. Soft-tissue injuries can take a long time to heal and result in long-term disability.

It is crucial to know when to see a doctor after a car accident. It is best to immediately go to the emergency room or an urgent care center for your own well-being and insurance purposes. At the least, seek medical attention within three days. Wait any longer, and not only do you risk making your injury worse, but the insurance company will allege you were not seriously injured. The insurer may even argue that your injuries did not result from the car accident– but were pre-existing.

Common symptoms after car accidents

Common symptoms appearing after a car accident include:

  • Bodily pain
  • Bruising
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Memory problems
  • Swelling
  • Tingling
  • Vision issues, such as blurring

Not all symptoms are physical. Psychological symptoms relating to the accident may occur, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Report all symptoms to your doctor.

Late-Appearing Injuries

Not every injury is apparent right after the collision. Some, including whiplash or concussion, may not become apparent for 48 hours or more after impact. A victim with a concussion may not realize they have suffered a minor traumatic brain injury. A relative or friend may notice the person has been behaving strangely since the accident. 

Discs may herniate from the force of the crash, but these often serious and debilitating injuries may not cause symptoms for several weeks.

Catastrophic Injuries

When a person suffers catastrophic injuries in a car accident, such as a traumatic brain injury or a severe back injury, they will require long-term hospitalization and rehabilitation.

Contact a Dallas Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle collision because of another party’s negligence, you need the services of the experienced Dallas car accident lawyers at Angel Reyes & Associates. Call or text us 24/7 and schedule a free consultation. You may also submit our online form.

We work hard to negotiate a car accident settlement providing you with the compensation you deserve for your injuries. There is never a fee unless we win.