Every motor vehicle crash takes a toll on a person's body, whether it is a minor or major collision. Bodies can be thrown around and crushed, even when airbags go off and seat belts engage. While obvious, severe injuries are going to be more easily identified, less serious injuries also warrant examination and treatment.
However, injuries that seem minor in the days following a crash are often dismissed. After all, crash victims need to worry about making up lost time from work, getting the car fixed and talking to insurance companies. But if you have recently been involved in an accident, it is important that you not ignore minor injuries for a couple reasons.
They could be chronic
Back and neck pain is among the most common ailment crash victims suffer. In many cases, it subsides and goes away with rest, ice and some pain relief medication. In other cases, however, the pain never fully goes away. It can flare up when you perform certain activities, or make everyday activities painful.
You might also require ongoing therapy and rehabilitation to help you cope with the pain or alleviate the symptoms. In the case of chronic pain, treatment can be a constant job of observation and maintenance.
They could get worse
Pain might start as fleeting or feel like little more than an inconvenience. However, if an injury is not properly identified right away, the injury -- and the pain it is causing -- can get worse over time. This includes emotional injuries like anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Without treatment, certain conditions can become larger problems. Headaches, for instance, can seem to come and go and a person might just dismiss them. However, these headaches could actually be a symptom of a concussion. Left untreated and undiagnosed, a concussion can lead to personality changes and brain damage.
Compensation available for all types of injuries
Whether your injuries are minor or severe after a crash, you can be eligible for compensation for damages suffered. To learn more about your legal rights and options as an injured victim, you can consult an attorney.