In the aftermath of a serious accident, considering a personal injury claim is only one small way victims can protect themselves and their families. First and foremost, it is essential that victims visit a doctor ASAP. This step will not only provide you with the diagnoses, treatments, and assurances that you need but may also become the basis for a personal injury case down the line. Even for those who feel “okay” after an accident, it is important to understand that many injuries have delayed symptoms that take days, weeks or even months to present.
Whether you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, construction accident, defective product accident, or any other type of accident, our personal injury attorneys will discuss how symptoms may not be immediately obvious.
Princeton, NJ Serious Injury Victims’ Attorneys Identify Physical Symptoms
One of the most common explanations our Princeton serious injury victims’ attorneys hear for individuals not seeking immediate medical treatment is that victims feel “fine”, or “not that bad”. While this may be true, seemingly mundane symptoms can be the result of serious underlying injuries. Rather than risk further harm, it is always recommended to see a doctor after an accident. Below are some common symptoms and the underlying medical issues which can be the cause:
Back pain – possibly the most common injuries after trauma include spinal cord injury, pulled muscle, whiplash, etc.
Abdominal Pain – often overlooked as simple stomach pain, abdominal pain can be a sign of internal bleeding, organ damage, etc.
Neck and shoulder pain – muscle issues, spinal injuries, whiplash, issues with tendons and ligaments
Numbness – potential sign of spinal cord injury, nerve damage, slipped disk, herniated disk, and more
Psychological Issues after Traumatic Accidents in Mercer County, NJ
In addition to physical damage, suffering a serious injury can lead to a multitude of mental health issues. Psychological issues are even more ignored than physical health issues but can lead to equally serious complications for victims. It is a great idea for individuals who have been involved in a traumatic accident to watch for the following signs:
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
- Memory issues
- Mood swings
- Any feelings or symptoms which are not normal for you
Any and all of these symptoms may be caused by underlying mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and more. Additionally, they may also be signs of concussions or other forms of serious brain injuries. To summarize, it is not wise to ignore any symptoms which you or a loved one may experience after an injurious or traumatic accident.
Seeking medical treatment is always a great idea. The worst-case scenario of seeing a medical or mental health professional is being told that you are healthy. The worst-case scenario of refusing medical care is allowing a health issue to worsen.
Contact our Hamilton, NJ Traumatic Injury Attorneys Today
At Cohen & Riechelson, our traumatic injury attorneys are proud to serve Mercer County communities including Trenton, Princeton, Lawrence, Hamilton, New Brunswick, and all of Central New Jersey. Our firm is large enough to provide highly effective legal services but retains the small firm advantages including personalized attorney-client relationships and attention to detail. As always, we will take your personal injury claims on contingency, meaning you will not owe us a dime until and unless we recover financial compensation for you through a successful verdict or settlement.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a traumatic accident, please contact us online or through our Hamilton, NJ offices by calling (215) 337-4915 today for a free and confidential consultation.