Long-Term Side Effects of Car Accidents
Every year, nearly 6 million people experience car accident injuries. Of these, over 30,000 were fatal. Car accidents often lead to serious injuries which can have long-term effects on an accident victim’s health. These include head injuries like concussions, contusions, and penetrating head wounds.
Due to the dangerous nature of car accidents, these can cause physical injuries to various different parts of the body. These cause whiplash, soft-tissue injuries, neck strains, spinal disc damage. These injuries lead to chronic pain, memory issues, cognitive delays or even diminished mobility.
There aren’t just physical effects after a car accident but also emotional and psychological long term effects. Some examples are PTSD, depression, anxiety, fear, drastic weight changes, energy plummeting, mood swings, lack of sleep and more. One-third of accident victims experience PTSD, which impacts relationships and the ability to continue to drive. Not driving could lead to losing a job and distancing themselves from friends and family.
The treatment for severe car accident injuries can be expensive and long-lasting. A mild concussion could last three weeks to several months to heal. However, the concussion could actually be a traumatic brain injury. These can take years to heal. If the accident hurt the spine, surgery is usually needed. Recovering could last months, and chronic pain could be indefinite. However, emotional or psychological injuries could last a lifetime.
It can be shocking after an accident to learn how expensive, time-consuming, and frustrating the process can be. For many, pain does not present itself at the scene of the accident, however, the debilitating pain begins a day or two later. This can be difficult for many Americans who do not have health insurance or disability insurance. Therefore, it can be difficult to receive medical attention or income while out of work.
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